Visiting a theme park while on vacation is a must for many families. However, some things can go wrong if you’re not careful. To keep your family safe, you need to be proactive. Whether that means staying hydrated or following the rules, these theme park safety tips are a must.
1. Stay Hydrated, Cool, and Protected From the Sun
First things first. You want to make sure to put on sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. No one wants a bad sunburn at the end of the day. Second, take time to go to snack bars for a drink and to cool down. The heat can really get to you, and all the walking and sweating will quickly dehydrate you. The best option is water. Try to avoid sodas and other caffeinated drinks because they can actually dehydrate even more.
2. Pay Attention to Height Restrictions
Always look at the height restrictions before allowing your kids on a ride. While it is the job of the ride operators to make sure children are tall enough, many don’t check. As a result, if your child rides a ride they aren’t tall enough for, they could get injured. Many larger theme parks have maps and apps that will let you quickly find rides that are appropriate for your height.
3. Follow the Rules
The rules of theme parks are in place for a reason. Don’t stick your arms out when riding rides or try to stand up before the ride ends. Instead, listen to the ride operator and do what they say. You’ll also see signs listed on the ride and throughout the line that tells you everything you need to know.
4. Go with the Flow
When you’re on a roller coaster, don’t tense up. The best tip is to allow your torso to bend to the right when you go right or to the left when you go left. You also don’t want just to let your body go limp. Just try to go with the flow of the ride so that you don’t get bumped and bruised along the way.
5. Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes
Theme parks often span a large area, which means a lot of walking. You will want to be comfortable, so wear good-fitting sneakers made for walking. Sandals or flip-flops might seem like a good choice. However, they can fall off on a ride or present a tripping hazard. Sneakers are the best option. Also, make sure clothing is made of breathable material. A good option to help stay cool is to use one of these wearable cooling scarves. You can dampen them at a water fountain, and they will help keep you feeling cool as you walk in the hot sun.
6. Take Breaks
Last but not least, take breaks. If you’re staying on-site, go to the room for a nap so the kids can enjoy the day without getting cranky. You also want to use your breaks to get a drink and reapply sunscreen. If your socks are really sweaty, change your socks as well. A nice, dry pair of socks will help prevent fungal infections and blisters.
If you’re visiting a theme park this summer, take the time to be safe. Stay hydrated and protected from the sun, wear comfortable clothing, follow the rules for rides (including height restrictions), go with the flow on rides to prevent bruises, and take breaks throughout the day. With these tips, you’ll have a trip that’s safe and fun.