There's nothing like having a day of fun in the sun. With the weather warming things up, you probably feel drawn to water to help you cool down, which is why a water park is the best of both worlds. You get to spend time outdoors in the sun, while also enjoying the refreshing water from the slides, lazy river, and wave pool. Water parks can be lots of fun for the whole family, so it's a great option for a hot summer day when you can gather up friends and family to make a day of it.

When you go to the water park, it's important to ensure that you have everything you could need for a fun and safe day. We go over the water park must-haves that will help you to make the most of your day.

Water Park Must-Haves
  • Sunscreen. You'll want to bring this with you, not just put it on beforehand. When you're out in the water and running from ride to ride, your sunscreen is not going to last. Even if you have a rash guard on to cover your arms, you'll need sunscreen on all visible parts of your body like your face, neck, hands, legs, and feet. You'll want to reapply about every two hours with a waterproof sunscreen so it won't wash right off in the water. You'll also need to take a break for about 15 minutes after applying so it has time to soak into your skin and be able to protect.
  • A waterproof phone case. It can be difficult to stay connected to the group, especially if you decide to branch off when you don't want your phones to get wet. There are many waterproof phone cases or pouches on the market now, and they are great for water parks. You simply put your phone in it, hang it around your neck like a lanyard, and you are good to go for the day. You can enjoy splashing and lounging in the water without worrying about how much rice you'll need to fix your phone later. This also ensures that you can be reached in case of emergency or the group splitting up into smaller groups.
  • Towel. While some water parks may have towels available to grab or rent, it's easier to just pack a bag with your own towel in it. This ensures you have a towel for after rides and can save money rather than having to pay to rent or buy one at the park.
  • A refillable water bottle. At most water parks you'll find water fountains or water bottle refill stations, which can be a great money-saver rather than having to buy water at the parks. Staying hydrated is key to enjoying a day at the parks, as you'll be out in the heat and want to make sure to stave off any headaches or other unpleasant side effects of dehydration.
  • A swimsuit. Of course you'll want to bring a swimsuit. Whether you wear one to the park or have one to change into, this is one item you definitely don't want to forget in your bag. If you're wearing it to the park, even better.
  • A change of clothes. Generally, after a day in a swimsuit, you'll probably want to change into some dry clothes. There are usually changing areas at the parks or at the very least bathrooms that you can change into dry clothes in. This way, you can comfortably enjoy the ride home without wondering if you're making the seat wet.
  • A small first aid kit. We know, the last thing you want to think about is an injury, but they do happen. Whether it's a headache from not drinking enough water or a bump or scrape from a ride or rushing to a ride, accidents happen, and you can save yourself time and hassle if you have your own first aid kit rather than having to go find the first aid area at the park.
  • Water shoes. These are a must if you prefer not to walk barefoot to everything. There's not many shoes you can wear on a ride and no one wants to hold their flip flops down every slide, so water shoes are a great option. You're allowed to wear them on the rides, and they'll help protect you from burning your feet on the concrete or stepping in something gross.

We hope with this list of water park must-haves that you are able to enjoy a day on the rides.