Whether you are a seasoned tent camper, love traveling in an RV or plan to enjoy a family cabin, there are a few ways to make camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness the best it can be.
Once you decide on the type of campsite you will choose, it’s time for the fun part! Yes, I’m talking about packing for Fort Wilderness and yes, I consider that to be fun!
Planning trips to Walt Disney World is kind of my superpower, but adding in a camping component definitely took my skills to the next level.
Packing cute outfits for the parks and filling a travel trailer for a week are two very different tasks, but I’m up to the challenge.
Having an RV in some ways it’s easier because no more luggage Tetris and you can prep easy foil packet dinners to eat at your campsite.
But in others, it adds a layer of complication because we will be spending more time enjoying the campsite and less time in the parks.
We also have the outdoors right outside OUR door rather than having to walk through a lobby to get there, which adds more living space and activities. And STUFF.
What to Pack for Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Before you go camping at Fort Wilderness, there are a few things you need to know beyond where to stay. Aside from things like chairs and coolers, there are a few things you may want to add to your packing list.
First of all, many people don’t realize the sites do not have fire pits, so let’s start there.
You will have a charcoal grill at your campsite. If you are used to campground life, you probably know that many (if not most) places offer sites that include a fire pit for campfires, cooking, or roasting marshmallows.
This is not the case at Fort Wilderness due to heavily wooded area and the risk of fires spreading.
That said, you are allowed to bring an “approved” fire pit to use at your site. Approved fire pits must have mesh around all sides and a solid top to prevent exposed flames, like the fire pits on this list.
Wood-burning or propane fire pits are both allowed as long as they meet these requirements.
So if you want to have a fire pit at your Fort Wilderness campsite, you will need to bring your own or borrow one from a friend or fellow camper.
Beyond that, I have created a list of a few items to go extra with your campsite. I mean it’s Disney right!?
What to Pack for Camping at Disney's Fort Wilderness
You can definitely have a wonderful time without any of these things. But they sure do add a touch of magic to your campsite!
Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller
Depending on the time of year, you may wish you had some additional mosquito repellant while in Florida.
In March, we didn't have any issues at our campsite but in the evenings walking by the water was another story! Having a Thermacell with you will make your Electrical Water Pageant viewing experience much more enjoyable. And don't forget the refills!
You can fish in just about any of the streams or ponds at Fort Wilderness, so feel free to bring your poles! Just remember it is catch-and-release only.
Equipment is also available to rent onsite at the Bike Barn.
Outdoor Led Lights
One thing you might notice about Fort Wilderness is that it can get pretty dark at your campsite. We liked using remote-controlled rope lights like these at night. Just remember to turn them off before you go to bed!
2-Sided Garden Flag
I bought a garden flag holder last year and I have had so much fun changing out our flags based on location or holiday. This is fun at any campground and doesn't add any bulk to your packing.
The Fort is over one full square mile so having bikes is a great idea! Can't bring them? No worries, they are available to rent at the Bike Barn. First come, first served.
If your stay falls on a holiday, get in on the fun! You will love walking through the loops to see decorations at nearly each site from banners to lights to signs and yes, even inflatables!
If you have a golf cart, you likely already plan on bringing it. If you want to rent, be sure to do so in advance using the information on the Disney website (linked here). Or try an offsite vendor like J&S Custom Carts for more options.
Hanging Clothes Dryer
If you plan on lots of trips to the pool, be sure to have somewhere to hang your bathing suits and towels to dry! Any rack will do, but I love this Pressa from IKEA (I call it the octopus).
For less than $5 and small size, it really can't be beat.
I love my box fan! Circulating the outside air keeps humidity at bay and helps with any lingering bugs as well. And if you need those towels to dry a little quicker, turn that fan on high!
An Approved Fire Pit
Like I said above, be sure your fire pit is approved! And have fun!
What Not to Bring to Disney’s Fort Wilderness
For this trip, you can leave your weapons at home along with your kayaks and oversized pool floats as these items are not allowed.
Life jackets or swim floats and certain pool toys are allowed, as long as children are supervised and playing safely.
You may also rent kayaks or canoes at the campground, subject to availability.
If for any reason you need to stock up on basic supplies and don’t want to leave the campground, there are a few items like milk, juice, snacks, and sunscreen at The Settlement and Meadow Trading post.
Just know these prices will be significantly higher than they would be off-property. Still, it’s nice to have the option in a pinch!
Now that your campsite is ready for fun, be sure to check out what I bring to the parks in my Disney backpack!