When it comes to visiting a theme park, Mary Poppins style pockets that can hold everything would be ideal! Imagine never having to bag faff ever again?? One can only dream! I’d like to think I am pretty savvy when it comes to packing my theme park bag. I always try to bring stuff that I know I’ll need. Even though we can’t predict what will happen on the day. So read on to find out what’s in my bag, theme park edition.
When it comes to Autumn/Winter, I generally shove as much as I can in my Superdry jacket pockets. This does make my coat bulge out in all sorts of places. Not a good look! One pro of a Superdry coat though is zipped pockets. This is great because you can avoid taking a bag. However, during those Spring/Summer months when it feels tropical (like the long heatwave in the UK last year!) or if I’m visiting a park abroad and the weather is too warm for a coat, a bag is a necessity. So here’s a little break down of what’s in my bag, theme park edition.
1. Park Tickets/Annual Pass(es)
Basically, I try to save money where I can so pre-booking tickets can be extremely helpful. Not only to avoid the long queues at the park but it can be a great way to feel prepared for any trip. Highly ideal if parks have a wristband system like Blackpool Pleasure Beach. There might be times I’ll invest in an annual pass. Again ideal for those long trips abroad where you can get the benefit of saving lots of money with a variety of parks. So I’ll always have my Merlin Annual Pass in my cardholder for those spontaneous trips.
2. My phone
Not only for updating my social media feed. It can be a great tool for those long wait time in queues. Download a bunch of games and time will quickly turn to nothing. Next thing you know, you’ll be ready to embark on your ride. Plus my phone is perfect for taking those much-needed photos. Given how advanced smartphones have become, these can be the perfect partner in crime.
3. Purse/Card Holder
This is self-explanatory. I don’t own a purse purely because they can be really bulky. So a cardholder is a fantastic alternative. I barely carry cash with me but if I need to, I’ll also have a small coin purse with me. You could kill two birds with one stone by using a coin purse to carry your cash and cards together. There’s nothing worse than having to lug a big purse with you. Just take your debit/credit card, Driving License & Annual Passes/Tickets and you’ll be sorted.
Even when it’s Autumn/Winter, it’s always handy to have some sunnies with you. You never know when the sun will make an appearance, regardless of the season. Believe me, the last thing you want is to spend the entire day squinting at the sun. It’s also worth keeping a glasses case handy. If you’re like me, you may need glasses to see. I tend to wear contact lenses to theme park however it can be handy to take my glasses with me. Just in case. You never what may get caught in your eye which may require you to remove your contacts. If necessary, pack a spare pair of contacts for this!
Ever had those moments where a headache appears out of nowhere? Then you end up wishing you had some meds with you? It’s always best to be prepared for any eventuality. Even us well-seasoned coaster enthusiasts can suffer from those post-ride headaches. Hello Gerstache.
6. Clear Plastic Bag
If you’re going on a water ride, chances are your main bag isn’t going to be 100% waterproof. It doesn’t hurt to have a couple of clear plastic bags shoved in your bag to protect your valuables including mobile phones! Hint: the plastic bags you keep your liquids in for any flights abroad are perfect.
7. Deodorant/Body Mist
Depending on what I have to hand, I will make sure to take a deodorant or body mist spray with me. I hate sweating. Especially on a hot day. That’s just my OCD as I’m always conscious of smelling like B.O. A quick spritz will make me feel confident I can walk about the park without any worry on me being smelly. Something I wish more people took into consideration.
8. Portable Charger & Phone Lead
I don’t think I could last a whole day at a theme park without one of these. The Anker portable chargers are honestly, the BEST thing you can own. My phone is my main item to take photos with – and the occasional Instagram post! – which can drain my battery quickly. So having a portable charger helps me to feel confident I won’t have that 10% phone battery panic.
So in a nutshell, this is what’s in my bag, theme park edition. These are the go-to items that I need to take with me on my theme park trips. Of course, there are certain things I take with me when it’s a wet day. And vice versa on a hot day. However, I always try to have as little as possible with me. No one wants a heavy bag for a long day of theme parking.
What do you pack in your theme park bag?
Any key items that I have missed?
Do you always take a bag with you when going to theme parks?
That’s all for now!