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Tips for a Safe Amusement Park Experience

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 getting burnt.
  • 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.

Tech Solutions

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 amusement park:

  • 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.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.