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Whether you love Disney World or Universal Studios, planning for a trip to a theme park requires some key essential items. That’s why we asked the experts! Here are some of the theme park essential items Rachel and Micaela, hosts of the Theme Parks and Rec podcast, say are must haves for your next trip.

Rain Poncho

rain ponchos

If you’re planning on being in Florida during spring or summer days they tend to be a little wet. Rain ponchos are one of the best items to pack for any theme park trip. Just leave them in your backpack and pull them out whenever you need them.

Order them now from Amazon.

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

body glide anti chafing balm

Florida weather, lots of walking. Need we say more. But in all seriousness, this is a great product to have in your pack as you walk through the theme parks. This product is vegan and allergen-free and glides on easily.

Get it now from Amazon.

Personal Fan

portable, bladeless, rechargeable personal fan
Summers in Florida = HOT. Bladeless is nice so your hair doesn’t get caught in it. You could also charge the hot people around you a dollar a minute to borrow it.

Buy one now on Amazon.

Cooling Towels

cooling towels

Another option to stay cool while waiting in line. These cooling towels can hold a chill for up to 3 hours. Pack them before you head to the parks, add water while you’re there and then utilize them during the hottest points of the day.

Grab yours now from Amazon.

Water Bottle and Mister

insulated water bottle and mister

Depending on when you visit Central Florida, it can be really hot and humid. And like everything else to keep you cool on this list, this water bottle and mister is great for keeping you hydrated and staying cool. This bottle has a double insulated wall to keep your water cooler for much longer.

Order it now from Amazon.

Waterproof Cellphone Pouch

waterproof cellphone cases

In case you go on a water ride, head to a water park, or it just rains a lot during your visit, having a waterproof cellphone pouch is a great idea. The pouch has a clear window on both the front and back sides which makes it easy to still take pictures or use your phone while it’s in the case.

Snag these here.

Hair Scrunchie

minnie mouse hair scrunchie

Planning a Disney trip? We love these super cute Minnie Mouse inspired hair ties. Because let’s be honest, most of us are going to want to tie our hair back while we walk in the hot sun.

Grab yours here.

RFID Blocking Metal Wallet

RFID blocker and metal wallet

If you don’t want to carry a bag, this is super handy. Not only does it block card readers from stealing your information, but it holds pretty much all of your important items. This wallet can hold up to 12 cards, and with an attached clip it holds any cash you want to carry with you.

Order one here.

Refillable Hand Sanitizer Bottles

refillable hand sanitizer bottles

Even with all the sanitizer available in the parks, you may want to bring your own hand sanitizer with you. This option allows you to go a bit greener too. This two-pack comes with one 30ml and one 50ml bottle. Plus, they are small enough that they can be taken through airport security.

Buy them now from Amazon.

Leggings with Pockets

short leggings with pockets

Pocket, pockets, pockets! Having a pair of leggings with pockets is not only handy if you don’t want to carry a bag, but also comfortable for walking around all day long.

Grab these from Amazon.


black backpack
If you’re looking for the most important item on this list, look no further. Having a backpack is one of the most important theme park essential items. Tried and trusted, this lightweight backpack and fits all your summer essentials. Plus, if you’re looking to save money while in the park you can pack snacks and food to avoid buying concessions for every meal.

Add it to your Amazon cart.

Water Resistant Sneakers

water resistance sneakers

Wet feet with socks are no fun. These water resistant sneaks are good for rainy days, water rides, or even just sweaty feet. They come in various sizes and colors to fit your shoe needs.

Grab them on Amazon.

Reusable Storage Bags

reusable food storage bags
Like we said, snacks in the park can be expensive and some parks let you bring your own snacks. Having reusable storage bags at your disposal can be handy especially if you want to save on plastic waste. “Double closures ensure an airtight leakproof seal” which makes these bags great for putting them in your backpack among your water and other items that could leak.

Order them from Amazon.


neutrogena sunscreen

Even if it is a cloudy day, you can still get a sunburn which makes sunscreen is a big must have. Make sure you buy the correct SPF to protect yourself from the rays.

Check it out on Amazon.

On The Go Cleansing Cloths

cleansing cloths

If feels good to have a midday standing bath to refresh. Getting sweaty and sticky is just par for the course for Florida weatherPlus, with all the moving and walking you’ll do around the park having cleansing wipes for a quick refresh during the day can be a big essential for those who don’t want to have to go all the way back to their hotel room to freshen up. 

Grab it here.

Whether it’s Disney, Universal Studios, or Busch Gardens, the theme parks in Central Florida are a great place to have fun with your family. We hope these theme park essential items help you have the best theme park experience on your next vacation. Don’t forget to check out the Theme Parks and Rec podcast to learn about all the new and exciting attractions that are coming to your favorite theme parks.

Please note that items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time we published this list. Have an idea for a fun theme for a gift idea list you’d like us to create?  Drop us a line at

Rachel PItts is a 20+ year radio veteran covers all things Philly for Beasley Media Group Philadelphia as the Digital Program Director. This includes 97.5 The Fanatic, WMMR, WMGK, 92.5 XTU and BEN FM. A graduate from the Universaity of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. Previously was the Digital Program Director for Beasley Media Group Tampa. Has been the co-host of "Theme Parks & Rec Podcast" and of the Tampa Bay Lightning backed podcast called, "Game Mizconduct".

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