Minimalist Packing List for Your Theme Park Trip (Vacation Packing Checklist)

Are you a minimalist packing pro or do you need help creating the perfect checklist for your theme park vacation?

Don’t worry, today we’ll go through how to pack for your solo theme park trip and ways to keep your bag as light as possible.

So, if you don’t know where to start, then this guide is just for you.

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Deciding to become a minimalist packer for my theme park trips started while I was young.

Many of the roller coasters at the park required riders to place things in lockers and I always felt like that step was one that I didn’t want to take.

So, I would try to bring only the essentials I needed like my I.D., my debit card, and my phone.

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As I began to travel to places beyond theme parks, I took that same practice and would only take my backpack with me. Even for trips that were 7 days internationally.

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What Happened When I Starting Packing Light?

As a result of packing a little lighter for both my solo theme park trips and my regular destination vacations, I realized that I truly didn’t need as much I as thought I did.

This made it easier for me to navigate quickly through places like an airport.

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Plus, I always had room to bring a few theme park souvenirs back home with me without worry about buy another travel bag while on vacation.

Getting Started on Your Minimalist Packing List for Your Theme Park Vacation

There have been times in the past where I have over packed and I was miserable in dealing with all the luggage I had.

Many times, we all have a tendency to pack way too much stuff. Even for a short 3-day theme park trip.

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The thing with a minimalist packing list is that you have to discipline yourself on only the things you absolutely need. This is not as hard as you think.

It just may take a few tries to get it down packed.

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Please keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to use this checklist for your solo trip. I created this guide for you to give you a starting point for your theme park adventure.

This packing list can easily be done with friends, but we’re solo travelers and we want to know how to pack for our solo trip to help ease the anxiety.

It will also take one thing off of your to-do-list while you are preparing for your vacation.

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Why Plan Your Theme Park Vacation Packing Checklist?

The first thing I like to do is to know which theme park I will be attending and what type of vacation do I plan on having?

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Will it be one filled with only trying different foods or will it be a trip that totally revolves around roller coasters?

In order to make this minimalist packing life work, you have to list out your basic necessities and be okay having only those types of items on your trip.

This is where you have to decide what’s needed and what’s wanted.

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Not that you can’t bring some “wants,” you’ll just have to assign a priority to the packing items that are not necessary.

Now this is the thing, I’m going to give you a list, but you can take out or leave whatever you feel is perfect for your solo trip.

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8 Easy Tips for Your Minimalist Packing List

  1. Bring only the toiletry and makeup items that are absolutely needed and place them in a small Ziploc bag
  2. Carefully go over your packing list and remover non-essential items
  3. Try not to pack big, bulky things like certain sneakers or shoes (recommend using this Under Armor sneaker that is like and easy to pack)
  4. Have a dependable and durable backpack
  5. Use items like your hat or shoes to place things like your underwear or socks in
  6. Have a pill case to keep your small items like hair clips, jewelry, and other little things
  7. Use the KonMari way to roll your clothes as minimally as possible in your bag
  8. Wear the heaviest or bulkiest item while traveling like a pair of sneakers or coat
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What to Pack in Your Travel Bag?

  • 1 pair of black pants or 1 cute dress if you plan on going out on the town
  • 2 pairs of quality leggings
  • 3 shirts (UFP clothing for sunny places)
  • 1 Drawstring bag, crossbody bag or fanny pack for your theme park days
  • 1 Sweater or jacket for cooler months
  • Underwear (I overpack here because I rather have more than enough underwear)
  • 1 Regular bra
  • 2 Sports bras
  • 3 Pairs of socks
  • 1 Swim suit
  • 3 Pair of shoes (one for the parks, one for nightlife, and one for chilling at the hotel or poolside)

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What to Pack in Your Theme Park Bag?

  1. A small umbrella (a must in Florida summers to block sun and rain)
  2. Backup shirt (just in case I get too sweaty in a summertime)
  3. Cell phone
  4. Debit cards, cash, and I.D.
  5. Hand sanitizers and hand wipes
  6. Hat and sunglasses
  7. Lip gloss
  8. Portable charger for my phone
  9. Small disposable poncho
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Theme park tickets
  12. ThemeParkHipster app downloaded
  13. Ziploc bags that are waterproof
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