So if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that Gavin and I decided to go to Knott’s Berry Farm the other weekend to celebrate our 4 year anniversary which is something we’ve never done together. As we get older and take on more responsibilities, getting time to spend together and especially weekends at an amusement park are few and far between.
When Gavin and I first started dating, we had Disneyland annual passports, but now that we both work so much, we don’t have the chance to go as much and didn’t renew.
Living in California, and specifically Los Angeles, puts us conveniently within an hours drive to theme parks such as Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm & Soak City, and Raging Waters. And while amusement park hopping throughout the Summer can be a blast, it can also be extremely expensive, hot, and crowded. In order to make your trip as stress-free as possible, I’ve compiled a list of summertime theme park necessities that you’ll thank me for later.
If you don’t already have a Camelbak backpack (cheaper version here), it’s about time you jump on the bandwagon. I cannot believe how many places Gavin and I have taken ours, but to theme parks, it’s always a must. Our pack carries three liters of water so we can usually share it and don’t need to refill it at all. Plus, it doubles as a backpack, so we’re able to carry the rest of our necessary items in it.
Standing in long and crowded lines can get super hot and sticky, so why not bring a cute little travel umbrella to use while you’re waiting. Not all areas of the park are shaded, so this little guy really comes in handy, plus – extra sun protection – sounds like a win/win to me!
Hydrating Face Mist
If your skin is feeling hot and dry, spray a little facial mist all over. I personally love to bring my Herbivore Rose Hibiscus face mist for that added skin toning, but you can bring whichever one you like.
I’m obsessed with my mini fan that plugs right into my phone. I take it everywhere (loved it on my trip to Cabo & when Gavin took me to Universal Studios) and bought a pack of 6 to give out to family members as stocking stuffers last Christmas. People might look at you like you’re crazy, but let’s be honest – they’re just jealous. Blow away the haters and level up friends.
This one is a no-brainer so I’m not going to go super into details. Wear sunscreen always. Reapply always. My favorite brand is SuperGoop!
Refillable Water Bottle
I bring my Swell water bottle everywhere I go. Gavin loves his Hydroflask. Regardless of the brand you like, having a reusable water bottle with you for extra (cold) water is always a good idea. Theme park drinks can be so expensive, so if you bring your reusable water bottle, the park employees will fill it with cold water for free!
Mobile Phone Charger
Having a mobile phone charger with you at a theme park is the best. I feel like my phone battery gets drained by the heat and the fact that I’m Instagramming all the fun we’re having #sorrynotsorry. Gavin and I like to stay at the parks until late at night so that we make the most of the day, so having that mobile charger really comes in handy.
Deodorant + Face Wipes
I hate sweating, especially when I know that it’s going to be a long time before I’m able to shower. Like I said, Gavin and I like to stay at the parks until dark, so having a mini travel deodorant really helps! I also always bring face wipes so that the sweat on my forehead won’t make me break out. It’s always nice to go into the bathroom and freshen up.
If you’re a germafobe, bring some hand sanitizer or wipes. I have no shame wiping down the roller coaster hand rests if I feel I need to. It’s also nice to have if the line at the bathroom is too long and you want to wash up.
Wanna hit up a water ride but you’re worried about your electronics getting wet? No problem, grab a ziplock bag and place all items you don’t want getting wet inside. I personally don’t feel comfortable leaving my phone in the cubbies before boarding the ride, so I put my phone in a ziplock and put it in my pocket. Problem solved.
I hope this list helps you next time you and your S.O. (or your family) heads to an amusement park over Summer! And if you think of anything I’m missing from the list, feel free to share it with me in the comments below!