You’ve decided that your preschooler is ready for the crazy happiness an amusement park or zoo brings. Besides extra clothing, wipes and pull-ups, and a plastic baggie for wet items, you’ll want to pack these amusement park essentials to be prepared for the rollercoaster of a day:
I prefer natural sunscreens that use mineral agents rather than chemicals to block the sun like All Terrain KidSport SPF30 Oxybenzone-Free Natural Sunscreen Lotion- Disney Phineas and Ferb (3-Ounce) ($10). Slather it on before you go and pack it to reapply later. Don’t forget a hat for your kiddo to protect the part, or pull hair into a pony tail or French braid so no part is exposed.
If your little one has a hard time drinking out of a regular cup or bottle – especially while on the go – pack a sippy or straw cup. The Nuby No Spill Flip-it Cup, $4, has an adjustable cap that safely tucks away the straw when not in use so it doesn’t come in contact with grime.
God forbid you get separated from your child, but if you do you’ll be thankful that you dressed her in a safety shirt by Tig Tagz, ($15). When another adult spots your little one, they will know to look under your child’s left arm to find the info needed to reunite you. I love this shirt because it keeps personal information covered up so a stranger can’t pretend they’re familiar with your child. (I watch too much Dateline for my own good!)
If there’s one thing Aussie’s know, it’s sun protection. So, it’s no surprise that they came up with sunglasses for kids that actually stay on their faces. Baby Banz Sunglasses offers 100% UVA/UVB protection for your child’s eyes – you can even get them with polarized lenses – and they stay put with a neoprene, adjustable strap that goes around the head. For added comfort, they snuck in some silicone cushioning around the nose, brows and cheeks. They come in a ton of colors and even have a retro design available. $17
Move over mama, because daddy’s got a new bag! Created by a father of six, the Daddy Diaper Pack is a glorified backpack with extra compartments for storing all the kiddie gear. There’s a big pouch for diapers and a change of clothes and a smaller pouch that you can use to hold the dirty stuff. The front pockets can carry the stuff that you need easy access to like a pacifier, small toys, hand sanitizer and a snack. $70
While I’d prefer that my kids wash their hands with soap and water, there isn’t always easy access to a bathroom at an amusement park. That’s why keeping a hand sanitizer in your backpack or diaper bag is a must. Sani-Hands Kids Hand Sanitizer Wipes, $3, disinfects your child’s hands by killing nearly 100% of germs and rubs off dirt rather than smearing it around like a liquid. They also come in handy if you need to swipe down a table. You can find them at Babies R Us, Toys R Us, and Walmart among other locations.
Avoid $5 popsicles at the park and pack your own, natural treats like Justin’s Candy Bars. With chocolate, caramel and peanuts, they taste just as good as a Snickers without hydrogenated oils and chemically ingredients. Click here to locate a market near you that carries Justin’s Candy Bars. Or, pack trail mix, frozen grapes, granola bars, carrot sticks, apples and bananas for a healthy option.