How to Pack a Bag for an Amusement Park

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Bring a bag that closes securely to prevent theft.
Bring a bag that closes securely to prevent theft. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Picking up drinks, ponchos and sunscreen from an amusement park gift shop will cost nearly as much as your admission, but lugging around too much stuff will slow you down. Bring only the items you need to feel comfortable and stay safe and healthy. Leave extra gadgets at home; thrilling rides and the members of your group will provide all the entertainment you need.

Check the Locker Policies

When you settle into your seat on the roller coaster, you should be focusing on the thrills ahead, not trying to stuff a crammed beach bag into the mesh pocket under your seat. Research your park's locker policies before packing. Many parks offer lockers that you can rent for a fee. If you're planning to spend a full day at the park, renting a locker allows you to stow bulky sweatshirts and wet bathing suits when you're not using them.

Bag the Right Bag

If you'd be devastated by getting spilled soda or leaked sunscreen on your bag, it's not the right one to bring to the amusement park. Pick a bag with interior pockets, a zipper or other secure closure and water-resistant fabric. A cross-body bag or backpack with comfortable padded straps is ideal. If you plan to rent a locker for stowing a large bag, bring a small second bag such as a lightweight drawstring backpack for toting around necessities.

Gather the Essentials

A sturdy water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses and a disposable poncho are must-haves for every member of your group. If your park allows guests to bring in food, pack nonperishable snacks such as granola bars, dried fruit and pretzels. Charge your phone and consider bringing a portable charger, too. Wet wipes help you clean up sticky hands. Bring antibiotic ointment and a few bandages in case of cuts and scrapes. If you're traveling with little ones, you may need to bring diaper supplies and formula or baby food as well as picture books or small toys to keep them happy while waiting in line.

Add Extra Clothes and Water Gear

If you plan to rent a locker, pack sweatshirts for your group to pull out if the weather turns chilly. If your park offers a nightly parade, you can also bring a thin blanket to sit on while waiting for it to begin. When visiting a park with water rides, bring bathing suits and sandals for each member of your group, as well as swim diapers for young children. You may be able to rent towels at the park -- ideal if you don't plan on renting a locker -- or you may opt to pack your own towels. Bring zippered plastic bags to protect your cellphone from water.

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