So, you’ve made plans to visit a theme park with the family and everyone is excited. But, suddenly you’re thinking about all of the things that can go wrong. Perhaps you’ll forget the tickets or one of the kids will be sick on a ride.
There’s only one way to make sure nothing goes wrong and that’s planning in advance. If you want to know what to bring to a theme park to ensure you have the perfect day, take a look at the tips below.
On top of your amusement park checklist should be wet wipes. It doesn’t matter if your children are now too old to use them because they’ll always come in handy anyway. Whether you’re cleaning someone’s face or moping up a spilled drink, wet wipes are invaluable.
They’re especially handy if you have a long journey ahead of you and you plan to eat and drink while on the road. They’re also a lifesaver if one of the kids has an accident and needs a cut or scrape cleaned before applying a plaster.
No matter which theme park you choose to go to, you’ll never be able to predict the weather. Even if you choose a cloudy day to visit so you aren’t in the sun all day, the sun may still make an appearance.
You don’t want to be at a theme park for hours without any sunscreen with you. Most theme parks have little shade to offer and you could be waiting in queues for rides for long periods of time. Always remember the sunscreen.
Snacks are one of many theme park essentials. If you’re planning on eating while you’re visiting the theme park, you may have a rude awakening. Not only will you inevitably have to queue for your food but you may also be charged a fortune.
If you can take some sandwiches and snacks with you, it will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. It also means you have snacks at the ready each time one of the kids gets a hunger pang. Snacks are also a great bribe when you want to get a good family photo.
What could you possibly need ziplock bags for at a theme park? You may be surprised how many uses these little charms have. It’s a great way to store any leftovers from lunch so it doesn’t go to waste. But, the main reason for ziplock bags are the water rides.
A ziplock bag can protect your phone from the water on splash rides and they’re a great place to store wet clothes should you get wet during the day. You can find out about theme parks with water rides at Ticket Rangers.
Family Sized Water Bottle
Running around a theme park is thirsty work, no matter what the weather is like. It’s important to stay hydrated during your visit, but it’s easy to forget to stop and drink when you’re having so much fun.
Taking a family sized water bottle should definitely be on the list of things to bring to an amusement park. When the bottle runs out, you can easily refill it for free as you make your way around the theme park.
A pretty obvious one, right? Of course, you should take your wallet to a theme park. However, you may want to take a different wallet to the one you usually use. You’re not going to need your coffee stamp at a theme park so why not take a smaller version of your wallet with you and leave the rest at home for safety?
You may also want to budget yourself while you’re at it. It’s a good idea to take some cash with you and try and stick to spending only that. It can be easy to get carried away at theme parks and spend more than you want to.
First Aid Kit
Accidents happen, and they can be quite frequent at theme parks. Your kids are excited, they’re running around and not looking where they’re going. All of a sudden one of them is on the floor crying. Luckily, the majority of the time these accidents are minor.
However, it’s always wise to have a small first aid kit with you. Some antiseptic cream or gel and a few plasters should do it. It will save you from having to find a first aid station each time something happens.
Even if your toddler is old enough and stable enough to walk around unaided, it’s a good idea to take a buggy with you. Wandering around a theme park for hours is hard on toddlers and they’ll easily get tired.
Having somewhere to put your toddler when he no longer wants to walk or needs a nap will be a huge relief. It will also help you to avoid any unnecessary tantrums in public because he is overtired. It’s definitely a must-have on your amusement park checklist if you have a child younger than five years old.
Hats and Sunglasses
The last thing you want to be doing is squinting into the sun all day. That’s an easy way to make yourself feel unwell. Making sure each member of the family has a pair of sunglasses and a sun hat will save you all from getting sunstroke on a hot day.
Taking sunscreen is all well and good but you’ll need additional protection when the sun is out in force. Try and stay in the shade at midday, when the sun is at it’s highest in the sky.
Make a List of What to Bring to a Theme Park
Making a list of what to bring to a theme park will ensure you don’t forget anything on the day. When you’re rushing out the door, it can be difficult to remember everything.
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