What to Pack for a Day at a Water Park

See what to pack for a splash-tastic day of fun in the sun. These pro tips will help make your water park adventure more budget-friendly, comfortable, memorable, and more.

Mom and two kids walking through Universal's Volcano Bay

Soak up the sun at Universal's Volcano Bay

Here are some water park packing pro tips for your next vacation to Kissimmee. 

Spending the day at a water park is the ultimate way to cool down, get some quality time in with the fam, and have tons of fun. You don’t need to bring a lot with you to have a great time, but there are some things you absolutely should pack. Use these helpful tips to make your day at one of Kissimmee’s water parks a breeze!

Reach Out for Rules

Before you pack your bags, find out what the water park you’re visiting does or doesn’t allow. You can check their website’s FAQ section, or give them a call. Here are some things to consider:

  • What kind of outside food or drink is allowed, and how should it be packed?
  • Are lockers available for rental?
  • Are waterproof cameras allowed?
  • Should you bring a stroller or are they available to rent?
  • Can you bring pool floaties or are life vests available?

Do your research ahead of time to avoid any surprises.

Packing Tips

Jewelry, Watches, Phones & Cameras

  • We suggest that you leave personal or valuable items (i.e. jewelry, watches, or expensive cameras) at home for the day. Jewelry and watches can slip off in the water or pose a danger on a high-speed ride.
  • If you can, leave the phone at home or in a rented locker. Take in all the memories in the moment or pick up a disposable camera or waterproof camera.


  • Pull on your most comfortable clothing before heading to the water park – think shorts, a tank top, and flip-flops to be worn on your way to the waterpark. These clothing combinations are pretty easy to slip into and out of, leaving more time for fun!
  • When it comes to swimwear, make sure it’s comfy, as you’ll be wearing it almost all day. Don’t wear swimsuits that have adornments like zippers, belts, rivets, buttons, ties, etc. Some parks may not allow large cover-ups or shirts to be worn over bathing suits on rides. They may not be allowed on certain rides in case they do damage or get caught on something. No one wants a wardrobe malfunction!
  • Footwear like water shoes and water socks are allowed at some parks but restricted on certain rides. Check with specific water parks for details.


  • Some water parks have towels available for rent, but you can bring your own to save on the fee. 
  • Goggles are great for those who love to swim underwater. Check with the water park you're visiting to make sure they're allowed.
  • Refillable water bottles are ideal for staying hydrated throughout the day. Check individual water park rules to see if you can bring water bottles, refillable bottles, food, or snacks.
  • Check individual water park rules to see if you can bring a stroller, pool floaties, or life vests.
  • Don't forget the sunscreen or sun block! It's best to apply sunscreen before stepping out in the sun or getting in the water.

That’s it – now you’re all set for a fun day in the Florida sun!

Kissimmee is the perfect anchor for your water park adventures. Check out our best water parks, and then stay and play in one of our stunning hotels, resorts, or vacation homes.