Have you ever walked into a theme park just to realize that you didn’t bring any cash for lunch? Or stood in despair as the perfect shot forms before your eyes when you left your camera behind? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the Top Five Things to Take to Theme Parks.

5Water

While it might seem silly to bring water into a park brimming with vending machines and drinking fountains, this refreshing drink could prove to be a lifesaver. Water keeps your body hydrated, prevents headaches, and even keeps you in a good mood. And who wants to buy water at a park when they don’t have to? Consider bringing a collapsible bottle that can fold up in your pocket and be refilled when necessary.

4Cash

Water’s not the only thing sold at parks. And unfortunately, you can’t bring food into a theme park unless you have dietary issues. Bringing a little extra cash can be helpful for meals, soft drinks, and even parking. Just don’t bring more than you think you’ll need. You can’t be too careful when it comes to carrying money.

3Camera

How many times have you forgotten to bring your camera? A good camera is compact enough to fit in your pocket without taking low-quality pictures. If bringing a DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera), you’ll have to rent a locker since they’re too big to take on rides. For the perfect blend between compactness and quality, I recommend something along the lines of the Canon PowerShot lineup.

2Smartphone

Who ever leaves the house without their phone these days? With the available apps out there, this device is a priceless machine to have with you. You can use your smartphone to contact your friends while at a park, find your way around with GPS, or even take pictures. Most smartphones these days come equipped with a decent-quality camera. iPhone 6, anyone?

1Cargo Shorts

But where are you going to put all of this gear? Lockers are expensive, and you don’t want to have to trek back and forth for your stuff. “Loose articles” are banned on most rides, and it’s not safe to leave them in the bins near the loading area. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: Cargo shorts. With large pockets, you can slip your gear away during a ride and pull it back out when you’re done. But what about women? A fanny pack will work just as well.

There you have it. Bring these items, and you’ll probably never again mourn over forgotten gear. Besides the above, consider bringing sunscreen or a sun visor to block the glaring sun, and a comfortable pair of shoes. What’s on your list of valuables to take to theme parks? Let us know in the comments section.

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