7 Must-Haves to Bring to a Theme Park

Travel / Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

When visiting a theme park, there are a few things you will want to bring with you that will make your trip a success. Not being equipped with some of the items below can really make or break your day and even your bank. Since I am an avid park-goer, I thought it’d be beneficial if I wrote an article listing the 7 Must-Haves to Bring to a Theme Park. Keep in mind that park days are long so try not to overpack. That’s the sole purpose of this article. I want to help in making sure that you have the essentials you need but, also, that you aren’t overpacking. I promise it will make the security line quicker, and make for a lighter load on your back.

Water Bottle

Theme parks are hard work. Whether it’s a hot day or a cold one, you will be walking, and on your feet, for at least a few hours at a time. That being said, you will want water. If you aren’t aware yet, you will soon realize that buying water bottles at the park will cost you. Haha. They’re around $4 a pop here in Florida.

So, say you need a few waters for your family, and that costs you $20, but an hour later you find that all the waters are warm from sitting in your backpack and now you have to buy more. I’ve been there. Save yourself the money and bring a water bottle that has some way of keeping itself cold. That way you can start the day with your own water and then add to it if you need to. Regardless, you won’t have to buy multiple water bottles throughout the day because they’ll never get warm if you have an insulated bottle to keep it in. This, also, goes for juice for your kiddos.

Swell Water Bottle Photo

My favorite is Swell. We have a bunch of these lying around at our house for park days. They run anywhere between $20 to $45 but they are totally worth it, especially if you are planning to spend more than just one day at a park! The price depends on the size so you will have to determine how much you will actually use it and if you plan to share or buy individuals.

Portable Charger for Electronics

For those of you planning to use your phone for most of your photo-taking, would like to surf the web while waiting in lines or just plan to use the park’s app for ride wait-times, you can imagine how quickly your battery will drain doing these things, all day long. I can’t tell you how many devastating moments I’ve had where I missed snapping the fireworks or getting a last-minute photo with a character because my phone was dead.Portable Charger PhotoMy favorite portable charger is the Anker PowerCore 20,000 mAh. It can charge two devices at once, which is super convenient for my husband and I. You can find it at Best Buy for only $49.99. Of course, ANY portable charger will work, we just happen to love it because of the two ports. Regardless of what you use, just make sure you bring one. Oh, and don’t forget the cord! That’s happened a time or two. Nothing like lugging around a useless portable charger all day. Haha.


It doesn’t matter if you’re in Florida or not, sunblock is a must. You don’t realize how much sun you’re getting until it’s too late. I, once, was at a football game where it rained the entireeee time we were tailgating. I decided that since it was so rainy and overcast I didn’t need to wear any sunscreen into the game. Typical Florida though, right after half-time the sun came out. Talk about lobster for days. After that I vowed to always wear sunscreen when I was outside even if I didn’t think I needed it. Tip: You still get sun when it’s overcast in Florida.

I have my own favorite sunscreens but so do most people so I don’t feel the need to really list anything here. Whatever you typically use when out in the sun, bring it. And use it! If you happen to be in Florida and have kids I’d use something with a higher SPF, though.

Rain Jacket/Umbrella

This is a must. No matter what city you’re in, rain is inevitable. It can happen at any time so don’t be that person who ends up paying $12 for a $3 poncho because you didn’t bring a rain jacket or umbrella. I personally don’t own a rain jacket and neither does my husband. I know, we’re a couple of weirdos considering we live in Florida. We DO own what seems like a hundred ponchos from Disney because of what I mentioned above. Lack of planning and mother nature’s love of rain in Florida has landed us in the position to buy ponchos multiple times. This is why I am giving you this tip now. It saves money and time – plus imagine how many other people are standing in line to buy a poncho when it’s pouring. A lot. 

Again, no particular preference on this, so I didn’t list a favorite. I know you can find $1 ponchos at the Dollar Tree or even a pack of 6 for $12 on Amazon.com. Be prepared and purchase them in advance, that way you (and your family) stay dry. If you have a couple of smaller umbrellas that can fit in your bag/backpack, those will do too! Just don’t forget them! Haha. 


Nowadays, most people have a camera on their phone. But years ago that wasn’t the case and if you forgot your “good” digital camera you were out of luck. I can’t even begin to describe how many times I thought my mama was going to cry because she forgot her camera. This is probably the most convenient thing about smartphones – one less thing to worry about when you’re trying to get out the door, especially with kids. Regardless you will want to have a camera to capture the memories, etc. so make sure you bring one.

Note: Selfie sticks have been banned from all Disney World parks.


Canon Camera Photo

If you’re looking to upgrade from your phone or the standard $100 digital camera, the Canon – Eos Rebel T6 is the one that I use. It’s not a “top of the line” DSLR camera but for the price point and quality it’s my favorite. I think it’s outrageous to spend $800-$1000 on a camera unless you’re a professional photographer but that’s just my opinion. This one will shoot amazing photos that will capture all your memories!


Bliiinded by the lightt. Haha. That’s what comes to my mind when I think about NOT wearing sunglasses outside, especially in Florida. Yes, it’s rainy sometimes but when it’s not the sun is blinding. It’s, also, harmful to your eyes when you don’t wear sunglasses so make sure you bring those babies with. As far as hats go, they can be hot but they keep your face from direct sunlight, especially in Florida. This is must for your babies. (not the sunglasses, your real ones)

No favs here but I’m sure you have your own!


Enough said, definitely don’t forget your tickets. That wouldn’t make for a happy start to the day, especially if you just finished waiting in that security line!

Extra Tip:

If you’re a parent and reading this article, don’t fret. Most parks allow snacks inside, but they usually have to be under 3 oz. You can always double-check the park’s website to be sure though. I can usually sneak in some Smucker’s Uncrustables or other little snacks, to the Orlando parks, if I have my niece with me. Again, just remember to keep it light – my point here. More than likely, you’ll end up stopping at a cart and grabbing a Turkey leg or ice cream, and the snacks will go to waste. It’s very tempting, trust me!


I hope you enjoyed this article. I’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions of your own!

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