Visiting a theme park? What's in your backpack?
Written by Robert Niles
Not to go all Ryan Bingham on you, but before you go on your theme park vacation this summer, you really do need to ask:Tweet
What's in your backpack?
A well-stocked pack can help you make your day at Disneyland, Six Flags or Universal Studios a more enjoyable one, providing you with the stuff you'll need to stay healthy and comfortable. Well-chosen supplies also can help prevent minor annoyances from becoming day-wrecking disasters.
Yet, unless you're the new owner of Hermione's purse, you won't want to cram too much stuff into your pack, making it too heavy and bulky to carry comfortably around the park all day.
So here is Theme Park Insider's list of backpack essentials. Remember that not everyone needs to carry all of these items, but that someone in the group should have each one.
1. Ponchos or rain jackets
Check the weather forecast before you leave, though. If it will rain much of the day, bring a more comfortable hooded rain jacket instead. (And check our tips for visiting a theme park in the rain.)
You can skip the rain gear only if you'll be visiting a Southern California theme park between Father's Day and Labor Day. You'll have zilch chance of getting caught in the rain then.
3. AAA card
4. Water-proof zipped bags
5. Reusable water bottle
7. Simple first aid supplies
8. Change of clothes (including underwear) or swimsuit
Water-proof zipped bags (see item #2) are helpful to store soaked clothes, so they don't get everything else in the backpack wet.
9. Snacks for kids under 8
I'd love to hear your packing tips, too. Please feel welcomed to add yours in the comments.
Update: We're assuming that we're not talking about visiting with babies or toddlers here. Otherwise, diaper bag rules apply, and that's gonna be a whole 'nother piece! :-)
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