Oh, Orlando! The epicenter of theme parks! Universal Studios in Florida contains two theme parks I know and love. There’s so much to see and do here that you’ll want to spend some pretty long days inside the parks. I’m sure you don’t want to be carrying around a ton of stuff all day long but there are some essentials that will make your day easier in the parks! Take a look at what to pack for Universal Studios!
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I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to theme parks, I’m pretty anti-backpack. I feel like trying to figure out where to put your bag for rides is such a pain and it’s just easier to fill my pockets and go. So why did I make a backpack a must pack item?
Universal Studios makes it pretty easy and simple for those with backpacks! They don’t want anything with you on thrill rides so they offer lockers to store your items securely and safely. If you filled your pockets, they’re going to make you use a locker anyway so backpacks make the process simple. This cute little guy can be found HERE!
If you still don’t want the bulk of a backpack (I get it) then take a look at this FlipBelt. I absolutely swear by this thing. It’s amazing for running and hiking! I use it instead of a money belt when I’m traveling internationally and they’re perfect for keeping your stuff safe at theme parks too! Check out this versatile accessory HERE
3. Water Bottle
There is nothing as refreshing as an ice cold water on a hot and sunny day. When you’re in a theme park, sometimes you just can’t escape the heat! Don’t waste $3 on a bottled water. They’ll give you free ice water if you ask for it but it comes in a tiny cup without a lid!
Take along a water bottle to fill up along the way and have free ice cold water all day long. My hydroflask is always my bottle of choice because it keeps ice water cold for HOURS. It’s amazing and I love it! Check it out HERE
It’s a theme park. You’re going to be walking- a LOT! Last time I was at Disneyland I walked over 12 miles our first day! Once, I made the mistake of wearing my TOMS one day at a theme park and regretted it for the rest of the trip. I’ll never do it again! Now I always grab my favorite pair of sneakers and trust that my feet will be tired but happy at the end of the day. Nikes are usually my go to and I just fell in love with their black and white Nike Free running shoes- check it out HERE
Universal is not a water park but they do have water rides! I’m not always the biggest fan of water rides but Jurassic Park is a ride I consider a “must do”. If you wait until you’re in the park, you’ll find ponchos for $8, $10, sometimes up to $20. For a one time use plastic bag!
Ponchos are tiny and they don’t take up much room. So swing by the dollar store, or grab a handy little pack of 4 that come on a keychain like this one and have enough for the whole family. Take a look at these convenient ponchos HERE
You’re going to spend time standing in line, there’s just no way around it! So chances are, you’re going to drain your phone battery like crazy. The last thing you need at a theme park is a dead phone, especially if you’re traveling with family or friends! A portable phone charger is so smart to have and they make them so small and easy to carry now. Plus, they’re pretty inexpensive! Check out this tiny but powerful battery HERE
Universal Studios does a pretty thorough bag check but they won’t take your snacks. Throwing a few snacks in your backpack is always a good idea! It helps you cut down on costs, eat healthier and spend more time on rides rather than waiting in long lines for food! I’m currently hooked on these Kashi bars and my local Target has a huge selection of flavors. Discover all the flavor options HERE
Whether you’re in Hollywood or Orlando, there’s going to be a lot of sun! There’s just no way around it. When you’re surrounded by pavement and stuck in lines with no shade, you will get burned. I always think I won’t and I always do! I’m a huge fan of the travel size bottles and Target has the BEST selection of travel size everything. Seriously, check it out!
9. Pain Killers
I was the teenager who would ride every head banging rollercoaster in the park and not blink an eye. But, either I’m not as young as I used to be or the coasters are rougher than they used to be! Either way, it’s always helpful to bring along some pain killers to help with those inevitable headaches from “just one more” ride!
The travel size bottles are no bigger than a tube of lip balm so they’re super easy and convenient to take along. Someone in your group will thank you! Check out this handy little bottle HERE
10. Lip Balm
There is nothing worse than having chapped lips and no access to lip balm. You lick your lips and subject them to the hot sun which just magnifies the problem! There’s no reason to leave behind your favorite lip balm when it takes up such a small amount of space. Even the tiny pockets on my girl jeans can handle a stick of lip balm. Personally, I love EOS but hated the weird, round and overall inconvenient shape. They finally came out with a stick version and I’m sold! Check out their 3 pack HERE
Now that you’re packed and prepared, check out 5 Things You To Know Before You Go!
Are you a theme park junkie? Would you add anything to this list? Comment below!
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