What You Need to Pack in Your Theme Park Survival Kit

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Monday, Jun 13, 2016 11:55 AM

One of our favorite things about summertime is the theme parks! There are over 400 theme parks in the USA to choose from, and don't get us started with the awesome new ones popping up outside the US (we're looking at you, Disneyland Shanghai!). Thrill seekers from all around the world visit America's theme parks every year, with Disney World's Magic Kingdom pulling in the greatest crowds. (They get an average of 53,000 people per day!) 

If those stats don't deter your plans to spend time at a theme park, make sure you've got your theme park-pocalype kit complete with these items from our list. 

Never leave for a theme park without your survival kit!

Individually Packed Snacks

There are two types of people in the world - those who bring everything but the forezen turkey from the freezer, and those who bring absolutely nothing and spend way too much on park snacks. Be the in-betweener and bring small, individually-packed snacks in your survival kit. It saves you money and saves you from lining up for snacks.

Kid Kits

I like the idea of the kid kit. It makes you more responsible for yourself if you were a kid, and you get to bring things that you know you'll need to enjoy the trip. Every kid kit should have:

  • Snacks of their choice

  • A small water bottle

  • A laminated ID containing emergency information and your hotel, if available. Teach your kid to show this in case they get lost!

  • Notebook for when they meet their favorite characters

  • A change of shirt in case of water rides or if they want to change out of costume

Cool Water All Day

How great is it that you can bring your own water to theme parks now? Wrap your cold water bottle in a mini towel for insulation. This will keep your drinks cool while, plus you'll have a nice face towel in case you need to wipe off things from your body. It happens. 

Anti - Weather Devices

While sunglasses and sunscreen are fairly obvious things to bring to a summer event, an umbrella and a mini electric fan may seem a little unconventional. Everyone loves a good umbrella in the Philippines - it protects you from the sun and the rain! We suggest bringing along the folded ones so you don't have to bring around a large one. As for the mini-fan, you can get inexpensive ones in stores or splurge on those fan + mist devices. Those are a godsend in warm weather. 

Alternatively, you can also bring a baseball cap and a rain poncho in case of bad weather. But why would you when you have an umbrella? 

Fully Loaded Phone

By fully loaded, we mean loaded with apps. Wait times at rides can go up to 120 minutes during peak season, and it's fun to have something to help pass the time along. Groups can play rounds of Heads Up! when they're bored, or maybe even watch a loaded movie? Anything to help the time go by. 

Theme Park Fast Tips

  • Gather fast passes to popular rides as soon as you arrive. The Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Osaka has a special timed entry ticket, so the earlier you get yours, the sooner you can go in. Try to figure out your priorities in terms of rides so you can plan the day. 

  • Depending on the size of the park, consider coming in late. Some parks offer a discount if you come in at a later hour. 

  • Choose your fireworks spot early. You'll thank us later. 

  • For the kids: Janitors and other staff at Disney Theme Parks give away stickers, so make sure you collect them!

  • All parks don't allow the use of selfie sticks inside. Leave them at home! 


Got more theme park survival tips?
We'd love to read about them. Share your tips with us in the comments below!

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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