To help you figure out what you should be wearing and what you should bring along with you to the different parks I have compiled a list that will help you out. Depending on what type of park you are going to what you need and should wear will sometimes vary.
Over all for both types of parks you will want to bring the following
You want to be able to capture all the fun you are having. By taking pictures you will be able to remember your trip for years to come.
· Sun Screen
For most of the day you will be outside. Even if it doesn’t seem that sunny out it is important to bring sunscreen and make sure everyone puts it on. This is especially important for the children.
· Something to entertain children on the car ride there.
If it takes a while to get to where you are going you want to be sure to bring something to help entertain the kids in the car. This will make the trip go more smoothly and you will then be in better moods once you reach your destination.
· A stroller for the young ones.
When there is a lot of walking to do a stroller is nice so do not have to worry about carrying around the children all day.
Now days, most places take both debit and credit cards, but it is important to have a back up. You might run into little vendors that do not or the machines may even go down, but if you have backup cash you will not have to worry about this.
· Mini First Aid Kit
There should be at least one person in a group that has some sort of mini first-aid kit on them. This should at least include band-aids, Tylenol, and Neosporin. A headache is that last thing you want to have, when you have a lot of rides that you want to go on.
· A mesh bad/Swim Bag
A mesh bag that you can put on your back is handier than a purse when you are at a park. You can put more stuff in it, both guys and girls can wear them, and you don’t have to worry about one of shoulders starting to hurt from all the weight being on one side.
What to wear to the water park
· Swim Diaper
All children that are still in diapers should be in swim diapers. I know there are chemicals in the pool, but that should not make a difference. Putting the appropriate diaper on your child is just the right thing to do. No one wants to have to worry about floaters while they are in the water.
· Life Jacket
If the child or children you are with either can’t swim or are at a low swim level you should make sure that you take the proper safety precautions. This includes a life jacket or any other floating device.
· Sandals / Water Shoes
Kids tend to not pay attention to where they are walking. To keep them from getting into anything that you might find gross, it is a good idea to bring along either sandals or water shoes for them. You don’t want to bring regular shoes that you have to wear socks with, these may get uncomfortable if they get wet and start to smell. In the water park, the concrete is also hot if it is not blocked by the sun or wet. Some kids might have a lower pain tolerance; therefore they will not be able to handle it. If you don’t want to have to worry about carrying your kid or kids around with you when they are not in the water it is a good idea to make sure that they have something on their feet.
Kids need to wear the appropriate swimwear when at the park. Many parks will not let children even enter the park if they are in regular clothes. It is ok if you let them were a clean t-shirt if you fear that they may get burnt, but other than that you should stick to clothes that were meant to be worn in water.
· Dry set of clothes to change into
It is nice to bring a dry set of clothes to change into after you are done for the day, especially if you are going to be spending a longer amount of time in your car. After a long day outside, kids will most likely wear themselves out and be tired when they get to the car. You want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible to keep the crankiness to a minimum.
· Appropriate swimwear
It is VERY important that adults bring actual swimwear to wear in the water park. Nobody wants to see someone walking around in a bra and underwear or boxers. There is a reason they is a separate line of swimwear so utilize it! Also make sure it fits appropriately. Most people don’t want to be able to see anything hanging/popping out! This is a family park and one has to remember that there are kids walking around.
Make sure that you bring either sandals or water shoes to wear in and out of the park. Tennis shoes can be a pain because most areas you go to contain water, so there is a good chance that your feet are going to get wet! You don’t want wet feet that are stuck in tennis shoes. This is both uncomfortable and smelly!
· Clothes to change into
It is nice to have a dry set of clothes to change into when you leave the park. That way if you decide to stop anywhere before reaching your final destination for the night you don’t have to worry about what you are wearing.
Make sure you have towels for everyone in the family. At some point everyone will want to dry off. They are also nice for lying down in the beach chairs to reserve your spots. This way, your family will have a place to come back to throughout the day if they want to take a break. This also makes it easier to find people though out the day.
What to wear to theme/amusement parks
Children / Adults
· Comfortable Clothing
Though out the day you will be doing different types of movement, so you want avoid wearing stiff clothing. You may even end up getting wet from one of the rides, so you want to avoid wearing dark undergarments under light clothing and anything that you do not want to get wet.
· Comfortable Shoe
Most trips to an amusement park or theme park contain lots and lots of walking. This makes wearing comfortable shoes very important. You want to avoid any type of shoe that may lead to blister and any shoe that you do not want to get dirty. Your best bet is to pick either a comfortable tennis shoe or sandal that you know you can stand wearing for the entire day.