|Lockers are typically available (usually
for a fee) in which you can store clothing or extra belongings
such as the following:
• A well-fit swimsuit. Wear it under a light-weight
coverup for greatest ease. Make sure your suit fits well so
it will stay in place when you go down a waterslide or on a
water ride. (Avoid tops or bottoms with ties that can come undone.)
• Sunscreen. Use it liberally and apply it often
throughout the day.
• Swim shoes. They’ll allow you to go directly
from one water feature to another without having to take shoes
off and on before getting in the water.
• Plastic swim diapers on your infants or toddlers.
Most parks require their use. If you don’t bring them,
parks will often have them for sale. (Note where changing
areas are located and use these designated, sanitized changing
• Sick guests. If you or one of your party has
an illness, such as diarrhea, it’s best to stay out of
the water, whether you are at a waterpark or other aquatic facility.
That way, you’ll help keep the water clean and safe for
What to leave at home
• Valuables. Leave valuables—such as jewelry
or watches—at home or at your hotel. You don’t want
to lose them in the water.
• Cut-off jeans, shorts and any articles of clothing
with zippers or buttons. They may damage the slides, and most
waterparks prohibit them.
• Rafts or other air-filled flotation toys.
Most parks don’t allow you to bring in these items as
they obstruct lifeguards’ views of pool bottoms and thus
can interfere with lifeguards’ abilities to make sure
all guests are safe in the water. Most parks offer their own
tubes or rings either for free or for a small fee.
• Water wings. These air-filled swimming aids
shouldn’t be used in place of life jackets or life preservers
with kids. They provide both parents and kids with a false sense
of security, which can increase the risk of drowning. They also
are at risk of being punctured and deflating. Most parks offer
life jackets or preservers, often for free.