8 ways to survive a hot day at a theme park

Tidal Wave at Thorpe Park

There is nothing better than being able to enjoy a theme park when it is warm and sunny. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the coasters become so much better once warmed up and a great way to spend a day to escape reality. Of course, there are times during the Summer where the warm weather can suddenly turn incredibly hot, which in turn can make the day unenjoyable – especially on a busy day!

I am more of an Autumn baby so sometimes, an incredibly hot day at a theme park can be just as bad as a torrential downpour day. I want to feel comfortable and do prefer wearing jeans, boots, a hoodie etc. to a theme park than just a vest top and shorts. Plus, it is the best time of the year… hello spooky season! That’s why I have compiled a small list of tips and tricks so that you can enjoy a theme park trip, without being caught out by the heatwave style weather.

Bottle of Water


There is nothing worse than being at a theme park and being dehydrated. Make sure you have regular drinks throughout the day. You will be doing a lot of exercise in one day which means you will be needing to keep yourself refreshed much more than normal. Water is great however if that does not take your fancy, any soft drink will do – try to avoid fizzy drinks if you can.

Sun Cream on the Beach


Following on from my first tip, this is also a must! No one likes getting sun burn so be prepared and take some sun cream with you! I know from experience that wind burn can get you just as bad as a typical sunny day without any breeze at all. I always get red shoulders and arms, and every time wish I had sun cream with me. And the best part? You can get always purchase a small, travel size version without worrying about it taking up too much space in your bag or making it too heavy to carry around all day.

EXTRA TIP: Another handy way to avoid sun burn is to bring a hoodie/cardigan if you have a vest top or wear a t-shirt. Sometimes, I like to take a shawl/scarf type material with me just to have over my shoulders. It is easy and compact to fold up in your bag and doesn’t take up too much space! Lads, this might be quite a girly tip so just top up that sun cream! Unless the lobster look is what you are going for…

Summer Clothes


If you know the weather is going to be in the late 20s to early 30 degrees, t-shirts/vests and shorts are a must! I have made the mistake in the past of wearing jeans – only because I thought the weather wasn’t going to be quite as nice as it ended being – and it was truly unbearable to walk around a theme park and still enjoy myself. I was sweating like a pig and could not wait to change out of them.

Bag on the back of a person


Following on from my previous tip, bring a spare pair of clothes, whether it is a t-shirt or shorts. The weather can change and if it does get very hot during the day, at least you can change and be able to carry on the day. There is nothing worse than having to cut the day short because you were unprepared!

Body Sprays


No one wants to smell your B.O. It is not pleasant at all so if you can, bring a deodorant/body spray with you and freshen up at regular intervals during the day. Even though it is healthy to sweat, it just makes it more pleasant for other guests that you are smelling okay, especially when it comes to queues.

Tidal Wave at Thorpe ParkSource


Basically, make the most of your day by going on the water rides. Yes, the queues may be long because everyone will have the same idea, but it will be worth it. If the queue line has shade, make the most of that too.

Wallace and Gromit Thrill-o-Matic Ride at Blackpool


Basically, if there are any indoor attractions – doesn’t have to explicitly be dark rides – make the most of the shade to keep yourself cool. If there are any shows that are housed inside a building, watch them. It is the perfect opportunity to explore new areas of the parks, make the most of it when you can.



If you are not fortunate enough to own a small mini fan, you can always use a theme park map or leaflet as a fan. It’s a good, cheap way to keep yourself cool whilst queueing for rides in the sunshine. Plus, it’s also a good arm workout – check out those biceps!

This is just a handful of tips that I can think of. If there are more that you feel need to be mentioned, let me know in the comments below.

That’s all for now!


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