Ten Things from the Office Supply Store to Bring on Your Disney Vacation

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Before heading out on vacation, many folks make a quick run to the drugstore, or to the drugstore section of their local Target, to stock up on dramamine, sunscreen, or bandaids. That completely makes sense, but in addition to the sundries section, you may want to take a swing by the office store or school supply aisle to grab some other sorts of items to make your trip run more smoothly.

1. Sharpie

Pens are easy to find at Disney World, they sell them in most gift shops and you can always borrow one from the front desk (alas, the in-room freebies seem to be a casualty of COVID), but a regular pen won’t do when you need a sharpie. The bold, and permanent, Sharpie can be used to:

  • Write your cell phone number on the inside of your child’s MagicBand – helpful if the band, or the child, gets lost
  • Labeling your refillable mugs, water bottles, or other drink containers
  • Conceal a scuff on your luggage or your shoe
  • Mark a park map with locations of interest

2. Binder clips

The unassuming binder clip punches above its weight class, being useful in numerous situations.

  • Keeping travel documents clipped together in order
  • Closing a gap between hotel room curtains
  • Keeping snack bags closed and fresh
  • Use different color clips to indicate who is using which towel. (Particularly helpful in Disney Vacation Club rooms or other situations where mousekeeping is not visiting every day.)
  • Keeping a wet swimsuit from blowing off a chair on your hotel room balcony
  • Keep a towel from blowing off a chair at the pool
  • Clip wrapped headphone cords in place so they don’t tangle in your pocket or bag
  • Make a stand to keep your phone upright on your nightstand
  • Secure a rain cover to a child’s stroller

3. Mini scissors

I’m partial to these TSA-approved scissors that resemble a pen when folded into their case.

  • Cutting the tags off new purchases
  • Cutting off wristbands from after-hours events in the park
  • Opening snack bags with clean edges
  • Cutting airline tags off your luggage
  • Trimming loose threads on your clothing
  • Opening packets of medication


4. Post-Its

The humble Post-It comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors. You can even find flawed (very, very flawed) versions sold in the parks from time to time. But the basic 3″x3″ square in a plain color is the workhorse of the family and probably the one you want to snag for your trip.

  • Leave notes for your family members about things you’re doing or where you’re going
  • Leave notes for your mousekeeper about things you need for your room
  • Temporarily cover the motion sensor on the many auto-flush toilets to prevent them from startling your preschooler
  • Leave notes to yourself on the inside of your hotel room door (“Grab your MagicBand before heading to the bus!”)
  • Use as a bookmark in your poolside novel
  • Write down your favorite TV channel numbers

5. Rubber bands

They come in many sizes. Bring a variety.

  • Use one to provide an extra measure of security on a child’s MagicBand. (Wrap it around one side of the MagicBand several times. Click the MagicBand onto the child’s wrist. Then slide the rubberband over the “clicked” part of the MagicBand. Hair ties work too, but small rubber bands are less bulky. )
  • Keep personal art (like drawings made at the Animation Experience) rolled up for transportation home
  • Keep phone or laptop charging cables neat for travel

6. Small ruler

  • Measure items you might purchase to see if they’ll fit in your suitcase
  • Measure items you’re carrying to see what size locker you should get
  • Measure a snack to make even divisions so children sharing the item don’t bicker

7. Pencil case

Both zippered fabric pencil cases and hard plastic, cigar-box-style, cases are cheaper in the school-supply section than similar items are in other parts of big-box stores

  • Corral small toys or pieces of travel games
  • Use as a make-up pouch
  • Use as a container for a first-aid kit
  • Use to contain travel documents
  • Use to contain electronics accessories such as charging cords and adaptors

8. Luggage tags

Bulk quantities of create-your-own luggage tags are often inexpensive at office supply shops.

  • Make a label for your suitcase (duh)
  • Make a label for your stroller
  • Make a label for your child’s lovey
  • Make a label for your diaper bag
  • (You get the idea)

9. Hardcover Notebook

  • Document your travels
  • Use as a cheaper alternative to a Disney-branded autograph book (note, character autographs are paused during COVID)

10. Envelopes

Have any other items that are must-buy at the office supply store before your trip? Let us know in the comments.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

7 thoughts on “Ten Things from the Office Supply Store to Bring on Your Disney Vacation

  • July 21, 2021 at 12:24 pm
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    I prefer gallon size zip lock bags for travel documents. It can get easy to loose small items in notebooks and folders.

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  • July 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm
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    Business card holders with holes that fit in a three ring binder, perfectly for keeping Disney gift cards visible & ready to grab.

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  • July 22, 2021 at 6:45 am
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    Measure a snack to make even divisions so children sharing the item don’t bicker

    This. I nearly spit out my coffee. Where was this idea when my kids were little?? 🙂

    And binder clips are truly one of the best inventions. We use them for everything around the house.

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  • July 22, 2021 at 8:20 am
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    I like to use different colored sharpies for autographs too (Altho paused now). I think it’s easier for the masked characters to hold, and it allows my kids to pick what color to use.

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  • July 22, 2021 at 10:29 pm
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    Binder clips also make great safety covers over a razor while traveling

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  • July 23, 2021 at 4:38 am
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    Another use for Post-It Notes: cover any annoying small lights in hotel rooms. The major culprits for me are stand-by lights on the TVs and microwave oven displays.

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  • July 25, 2021 at 5:52 pm
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    Scissors can also be useful for cutting moleskin tape for your blisters.

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