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The Mister and I live in Pasadena, so we’re in driving distance to all of the Los Angeles theme parks! Disneyland and California Adventure, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, plus all the water parks. We’ve had annual passes to some of the parks, so we’re semi-experts at theme-parking (yes, new verb!) by now and I’ve learned to always pack a little DIY Theme Park Emergency Kit. I try to make my purse as light as possible, so I only pack what I need inside this DIY Theme Park Emergency Kit. In my day-to-day life, I usually have a bag inside my purse or my car with anything I might ever need. I call it my Mary Poppins bag. This is definitely NOT my Mary Poppins bag. Instead, I try to always make sure and pack extra cash, band-aids, hair ties, Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer. I have my reasoning for each of these items which usually involves a story of needing them in a past theme park visit. Here are the stories: I try to pack extra cash just in case we lose our wallets or our credit cards somehow get declined. I know these are a bit far-fetched – the only way we’d BOTH lose our wallets is if a roller coaster got stuck upside down and shook us until our wallets fell out. And the only way both of our credit cards would get declined is if some hacker took out all the credit cards. So I’m being a little paranoid, but still, it’s just always a good idea to carry a little extra cash when going to a theme park. The admission to these parks is so expensive that it would be terrible to have the day ruined because you didn’t have money for a churro!Have you ever worn new shoes to a theme park? Don’t. I think that explains the band-aids. I also pack extra hair ties and bobby pins so I can tie my hair up when going on a roller coaster. The times I’ve left my hair down, it gets whipped around and tangled when on the ride, and I’ve also gotten it wrapped around and STUCK in the over-the-head shoulder bar on a rollercoaster. So now I always pack extra hair ties just in case one snaps or I lose any. The reason I make sure to pack Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ is because of the one time when the Mister’s contact lens broke in half IN HIS EYE and we had to backtrack out of the Indiana Jones rollercoaster ride to head to a bathroom for him to fish out the pieces. It was pretty rough. He was in pain. It’s a dark rollercoaster line. And he couldn’t see. If I had had a little emergency kit with me, he could have used Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom for immediate relief before trying to find a bathroom to dig the broken contact lens out. The drops would have helped him with his red, burning, irritated, and watery eyes.
Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom are preservative free and the one drop control, soft-squeeze bottle has a built-in purifying filter that keeps out bacteria and contains over 220 drops! I mention this because preservatives are added into eye drops to make sure no bacteria grow in the bottle itself. The problem is, they don’t contribute to eye relief, and some people are sensitive to them. Preservative free eye drops exist, but they are expensive and sold in inconvenient, wasteful single-dose vials and Clear Eyes® wanted to provide a convenient solution for relief.
Another good item to have? Extra contact lens!
This one is a no-brainer. If the sun’s out, bring sunscreen. Don’t forget about the tops of your feet if you’re wearing sandals, the part in your hair, or your ears! A few years ago we went to Disneyland for my birthday which is in December. A few days later, I got a horrible cold! Ever since that visit, I’ve made sure to pack hand sanitizer and we now wash our hands after EVERY rollercoaster or hands-on ride and DEFINITELY before eating. It seems extreme and a bit OCD, but it was a horrible cold and it made me think of all the bacteria/germs on everything in the park. What do you keep in your emergency kit when you visit theme parks? Let me know what I’m missing in a comment below!