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It’s my favorite time of year – theme park season!
Despite loving to go to theme parks with my boys, I must admit that it takes some preparation to make sure that things go as planned. Therefore, today I am sharing a few of my tips for preparing for a theme park visit in case some of you are thrill seekers like us.
Have a Backpack or Large Carrying Bag Available
As with any other family trip, when you are going to a theme park, it is important to have extra items that are available and within reach. A backpack is my go to when traveling with my boys because it allows me to have everything they could possibly need while we are at the park. Usually, we don’t walk around the park with the backpack, but it’s right in the car, near the front gate, so we can get whatever is needed quickly.
Create a First Aid Kit
As a mom of three, I always must have first aid kit handy. However, if it is last minute and you don’t have time to purchase a first aid kit you can easily create one with the items that you have around the house.
First Aid Kit Essentials
This simple kit has all the items you will need to take care of minor boo-boos while away from home and it can easily fit inside of your backpack.
Plan Your Day in Advance
Having an idea of what everyone wants to do at the park can help to make the trip fun for everyone and map out your day. Also, make sure that you plan in snack breaks and locate the restroom locations so there is no rushing the little ones to the bathroom. I know my boys like to wait until the last minute possible to say something when we go to theme parks because they just are having so much fun.
Plan Your Outfits the Night Before
The night before you are planning to go to the theme park, check the weather and plan to dress according to that. Additionally, if you are planning to go to a water park, make sure you don’t forget to pack your towels, swimwear, and sunscreen. Trust me, do this the night before, I can’t tell you how many times I have been rushing out the door the day of the trip and forget something for someone and end up having to purchase the overpriced sunscreen or swim trunks from a theme park – learn from my mistake!
Pack Extra Clothes
Whenever children, the outdoors, and food are combined in one day, it’s best to pack an extra change of clothes for everyone. Plus, when getting on rides you never know if something may be too much for their stomachs.
Final Thoughts on Theme Park Visits
Having everything prepared the evening before your theme park visit is a good idea. You will save time in the morning and this comes in handy especially if you oversleep or your kids are dragging their feet. It will be less stressful and all you must do is get dressed and head out the door to have fun with your family.
How does your family prepare for a trip to a theme park?