It’s prime amusement park season—are you ready? You may be
wondering what you need for your amusement park vacation, especially if
you have kids in tow. Being adequately prepared for an amusement park
is key to having a fun (and safe) time with friends and family.
Pack The Essentials
Having everything you need for the amusement park while still packing light
is a difficult balance. We’ve compiled an amusement park starter
kit for anyone who isn’t sure of what to bring.
Check out our list of basic amusement park packing essentials:
Tickets: Before you leave, make sure you have your tickets, passes, and any forms
of identification necessary to getting into the park. Have a secure and
dry place to keep these items.
Layers: Check the weather before you go. Throw a light jacket into your bag if
temperatures drop in the evening and consider a poncho if rain is in the
forecast. Once in the park, buying a sweater or rain check will be considerably
more expensive than bringing your own.
Sunscreen: If you’re outside all day, keep sunscreen handy and avoid getting
burnt. Make sure you reapply sunscreen on your children to keep them from
Sanitizer: Let’s face it, amusement parks are filled with people and the germs
aren’t far behind. Bring some hand sanitizer and even consider packing
some facial cleansing wipes if you want to freshen up midday.
First-Aid: If you have kids, this is especially helpful. A few band-aids and some
antibacterial gel should be enough to handle any minor scrapes. Anything
more serious may require medical attention.
Plastic Bags: Bring a re-sealable plastic bag or two to protect any electronics you
don’t want getting wet during any water rides.
Check on the website to see if the amusement park allows you to bring food
and drinks into the park. If not, bring an empty water bottle to fill
up at water fountains and make sure to have a plan for meals, whether
it’s eating at the park or keeping a cooler in the car.
For the Kids
In the hustle and bustle of amusement parks, it’s possible that you
may get separated from your group. If you have small children, you may
want to consider writing your name and cellphone number on a piece of
paper in their pocket, on the tongue of their shoe, or even on their hand
or arm so that you will be contacted quickly if separated. Remember to
make plans with any older kids before they wander off on their own. Pick
a designated time and place to meet back up in case a cell phone dies
or is lost for any reason.
Technology is your friend at amusement parks. Not only can phones help
you take pictures of precious moments with friends and family, but they
can also help your day run smoothly.
Here are some unconventional ways you can utilize your phone while at an
There’s an app for that: Many amusement parks have an app that lists all the rides and wait times.
This can help you maximize your time while at the park and avoid waiting
in long, hot lines too often.
Take a selfie: When you park, take a picture of your lot number and parking space. This
will save you lots of time and frustration in finding your car later.
Stay connected: Consider investing in a phone case that has a built in battery-charger.
You won’t need to worry about running out of battery while you’re
out and about.
Remember to invest in some dependable protective cases for any phones or
cameras you bring.
Follow Our Tips for a Safer Amusement Park Experience
Summer is a time for making memories. Amusement parks are a great way to
get loved ones interacting in a fun, new environment. Taking the time
to properly prepare for a safe amusement park vacation can keep you free
from worrying and let you focus on having fun with family and friends.
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