What’s in my bag | Theme Park Edition

What’s in my bag | Theme Park Edition

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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.

4. Sunglasses

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!

5.Paracetamol/Ibuprofen

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.

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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!

Lottie xoxo

The perks of being a Theme Park Passholder

The perks of being a Theme Park Passholder

It is almost a necessity of any theme park geek to own (or have owned) an Annual Pass to any theme park. With a wide variety of theme parks around the globe, there’s plenty of options for you to choose from. In the UK, the Merlin Annual Pass is the ‘main’ choice to choose from however there are smaller theme parks around the UK that offer season/annual passes such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Paultons Park.

I currently own a Merlin Annual Pass which allows me to visit up to 32 ‘magical worlds’ as they describe it. And in 2014, I was once an owner of a Europa Park Annual Pass – although I so wonder why I haven’t purchased another one since! In my opinion, depending on an individual’s circumstances, it is worth it if you can use it to it’s ‘full potential’. By that, I mean making use of the pass by visiting the attraction/s on offer, utilising the discounts available to you and if applicable, enjoying the perks on offer such as special events.

 

So, let’s get on with some of the perks of being a passholder (for any theme park around the world!)…

Free Year-Round Entry

As a theme park geek, it would seem abnormal of me to not visit theme parks regularly. But with the sheer cost of entry prices, it can be off putting! However, with an annual pass, you get entry into the selected theme parks for free, all year round! What is not to love about that? Since I live along the South Coast, I can really make the most of my Merlin Annual Pass with local attractions such as Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures. There are also Legoland Windsor and the London Midway attractions (London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons etc.) Of course, if I wanted to travel further afield, I can visit Alton Towers as a weekend trip or visit the other Midway attractions around the UK (Birmingham/Blackpool/Brighton/York et.al.)

Free/Discounted entry for your friends and family

This perk is one of my favourites! I have friends who don’t have annual passes which can make getting into theme parks expensive or difficult to achieve – 2-for-1’s are great for a group but if it’s just you and one other mate, it’s tricky! Having the opportunity to provide free tickets or discounted entry makes you very popular with your mates!

Discounts on food/drinks, accommodation & MERCH!

I love theme park merch. I love it even more when I can get a discount off it. Even though the Merlin Annual Pass offers 20%, this is actually very reasonable – especially with the sheer cost of food at the parks these days. Okay, it is marginally cheaper to bring in your own food/picnic but that sometimes involves lugging it around with you for the first part of the day. Besides, there are a wide variety of food options at theme parks – some more than others but it isn’t all burger & chips or pizzas. There is also the benefit of gaining discount for the park hotels, making your stay even cheaper and still be right on the doorstep of your favourite theme park! The discount is very welcome in my eyes and perfect for buying merch – give me all the pins!

Passholder Events

Allow yourself to be immersed with theme park passholder events. These are definitely worth attending as you’ll be one of the first to experience new rides or attractions, special events such as Halloween – I know Thorpe Park do a Passholder Fright Nights preview event – and many more. This is certainly a good chance to enjoy the theme parks without the busy queues and to feel like you get that little extra for being a passholder. Definitely a worthwhile perk, especially for families!

Entry to ‘partner’ theme parks

I know when I had the Europa Park Annual Pass, I was able to get free entry into Phantasialand and Liseberg (plus other attractions!). This is a perk that honestly, is the best thing and makes that big expense of purchasing a pass more worthwhile. It is great have a year’s free entry into one of your favourite theme parks, but to be able to experience more theme park with ‘free entry’ as well – even if it’s for one day, is great! Don’t mind me, I’m off to purchase another Europa Park Annual Pass (or Clubcard) as they call it!

So, as you can see here, these are a few reasons why being a passholder is a good investment! Of course, depending on which annual pass level you have determines which perks are available to you. Remember that for the ‘basic’ Annual Passes (no matter which theme park) will have restrictions. What Annual Passes do you hold, if any? Let me know in the comments below!

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS