Not soda. Not alcohol. Water.
Zachary also carries a small squirt bottle in his fanny pack along with a small fan with rechargeable batteries. I carry a fan with extra batteries too.
Bobby, formally known as Bob & Robert!!!!!!!
If I do have alcohol, I usually precede it with lots of water.
Tip: if you drink red wine, drink plenty of water with ice afterward.
My wife and I will grab a complementary water and then go stand in a queue. There are plenty of trash cans around when you finish the cup of water and plenty of trash cans near the boarding platform if you don't. Once you get off a ride, grab another glass of water.
For people who travel extremely light at an amusement park, this keeps you from having to keep track of a larger container of water. With such extreme prices on all other drinks at a park, it helps keep costs down.
The exception to this rule is Holiday World where they have free drinks. At Holiday World, I would suggest diluting your soda with 50% water, or drinking water diluted Powerade if you cannot handle straight water.
But I've noticed people don't dress accordingly to the weather! Still wearing dark colors just because "it looks good", or thick materials. Or even crazier... hoodies in 90° weather??? It's not gonna get that much colder at night to warrant a hoodie! Not saying that people should wear workout gear, but anything to keep yourself cool should take priority over "looking good" or "looking cool".
And yes, shade is your friend during warm weather visits!
One thing I noticed at Cedar Point was that half the men seemed to be wearing these hybrid tank-top/poncho shirts. Essentially, they were a tank-top but the arm holes ran the length of their body. They looked ridiculous but everyone was wearing them. Anybody else seen these goofy looking things?
Regarding the free drink parks: I generally don't drink soda at parks, so I was appreciative of the fact that (even though I'm diabetic)Holiday World offered non-carbonated (albeit sugary) drinks..fruit punch, lemonade, Gatorade. Lake Compounce needs to take a cue from Santa Claus..their free drink stations offer only soda and water.
I also am bald, so I keep (if I remember to bring it) a bandanna to dip in the water rides or fountains to wipe my head. Sometimes I'll just put the soaked cloth right on my head under my hat.
Heh heh... Joshua... As a lady I do think those tank top/poncho thingies are a bit funny looking. I haven't seen a good looking guy in one yet. Thank you to those tourists who look presentable AND are sun-smart as well.
5. Wear light clothes... but ladies-- you don't have to wear a bikini if there's no water park
But feel free to do so ;)