Water Parks 101: What to Bring Plus Kalahari Resort Giveaway!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know my family and I love to visit water parks. Indoor water parks are fantastic in winter (or extreme heat) while outdoor water parks are perfect for a sunny day. If you’re planning a water park trip, here’s a run down on everything you’ll want to bring.

Water Parks 101: What to bring plus Kalahari Resort giveaway! Splashdown Safari is the main attraction at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos.

Water Parks 101: What to bring plus Kalahari Resort giveaway! Splashdown Safari is the main attraction at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos.

And, if you’ve never been to Kalahari Waterpark, Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains, read on to see how you can win an overnight stay at this amazing family-friendly resort and water park. 

Top 10 Must Have Items for a Water Park Trip

Water Parks 101: Be sure to pack waterproof footwear, crocs, flip flops, waterproof shoes

Water Parks 101: Be sure to pack waterproof footwear.

1 – Water Proof Footwear – For indoor and outdoor water parks, you’ll want to wear comfy, waterproof footwear.  For kids, swim socks or rubber beach shoes are great because they can wear them on the rides.  Crocs, Keens, flip flops and any other water proof shoes will work outside. I am surprised how many outdoor water parks feature very hot and/or slippery pavement so you definitely don’t want to be walking around barefoot.

Water Parks 101: Take water park photos with a water resistant phone case. waterproof iphone, water resistant iphone case

Water Parks 101: Take water park photos with a water resistant phone case.

2 – Waterproof Phone Case or Dry Bag – If you’re splitting up your family or if you feel naked without your phone, invest in a waterproof phone case or dry bag. You’ll be able to take photos on rides and you’ll be able to capture your kids in the splash pads and lazy river. If you want really great underwater shots and movies, you’ll want to bring a GoPro.

Water Parks 101: Master Lock SafeSpace portable safe is perfect to store small valuables.

Water Parks 101: Master Lock SafeSpace portable safe is perfect to store small valuables.

3 – Portable Safe – I was recently gifted the Master Lock SafeSpace® Portable Personal Safe and it has become one of my favorite summer accessories. I’m a paranoid New Yorker so I hate letting anything valuable out of my sight but I also hate paying $20 for a locker especially when I’m moving around from place to place. With this portable safe, I can safely lock up my valuables, secure it to a lounge chair or table, throw a towel on top and jump in the pool. If you’ve got a lot to secure or if you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, I’d suggest a locker but if you just want to take a quick trip around the lazy river, this is an easy and affordable solution.

4 – Floats – For kids who haven’t fully mastered the art of swimming, be sure to pack a float. I recommend the Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper Life Jacket Vest (one of the few coast guard approved devices) for toddlers or a backpack type floatation device like the Water Gear Back Float 4-Color Split Back Float for older kids.

Water Parks 101: Don't forget to stay hydrated.

Water Parks 101: Bring labeled water bottles so everyone stays hydrated. I love Mabel’s Labels because they look great wash after wash.

5 – Water Bottle – Bring along a labeled water bottle for each family member so everyone stays hydrated and be sure to refill them with ice water throughout the day. My favorite leak-proof bottles include Camelbak, Contigo, and Nalgene.

6 – Skin Protection – If you’re visiting an outdoor water park, you’ll need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Kids know the drill but packing some easy to use sunscreen sticks will make the process less painful. Don’t forget to bring sun protection lip balms as well.

Water Parks 101: Bring quick dry towels. Easy Dry, Sports towel

Water Parks 101: Bring quick dry towels.

7 – Quick Dry Towels – Some water parks provide towels so be sure to find out before you go. If you need to bring your own, try a lightweight microfiber travel towel or these biodegradable Easy Dry Sports Towels the whole family can share.

8 – Sun Protection Clothing – For an outdoor water park, you’ll want to bring rash guards, sun hats or visors and a cover up. Be sure to label your clothing with waterproof labels like Mabel’s Labels.

Water Parks 101: Don't forget the goggles.

Water Parks 101: Don’t forget the goggles.

9 – Goggles – If your kids have never been to a water park, be sure to bring along some goggles.  Some kids are sensitive to the splashing water so goggles help on rides and in the splash parks.

10 – Sunglasses – Last but certainly not least, be sure to bring along UV protection sunglasses for kids and adults.

Ready to win a trip to Kalahari Waterpark, Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains? Here’s your chance.

Water parks 101: Enter to win a Kalahari Resorts Giveaway

Water parks 101: Enter to win a Kalahari Resorts Giveaway

Kalahari really stands out in the sea of waterparks with its expansive waterpark (soon to be even bigger!), signature aqua lessons (FlowRider and mermaid, oh my!), spacious accommodations, fine dining, pampering spa, family friendly activities, and kid-centric arcade and game area. Be sure to read about our Kalahari family trip for more details.

We had the best time visiting Kalahari this spring and I’m sure you and your family will too. Enter below to win a one night stay (including two full days at the waterpark!) at Kalahari Resorts and Waterpark in the Poconos for a family of four (up to two extra guests can be added for $25 each). Prize is valid for a Sunday-Thursday night stay and expires within one year of issue date.

To enter please leave separate comments for each:

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This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Friday, August 5th.

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  10. Grace Agostino says:

    Can’t wait to visit this place. The kids are dying to go.

  11. Diane Sullivan says:

    My favorite waterpark memory is watching my three kids get along although they are years apart. The waterpark brings the family together and dumps the electronics! Fingers crossed. We would love to go! elgeorgia@aol.com

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    My fave memory is as a child doing all the waterslides with my dad

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  23. I love the Kalahari and would love to take my kids again!! We love it there, it’s such an awesome family bonding experience.

  24. Kameelah smith says:

    My favorite water park memory is when I use to work in a high school and I booked a trip to hurricane harbor one year for the students. The students were ages 16-18 years old and majority of them have never been to a amusement park/ water park. The students were so grateful, and so happy as if they were 9 years old all over again. The following year the students at the beginning of the year asked me to book the trip again. Just knowing I was able to give them a experience they never had and they enjoy themselves was great feeling 😀

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  42. I really enjoyed going to water parks as a teen with my cousins in the hot summers I spent in the south.

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  52. my favorite water park memory is my daughter grabbing some water guns at a station in Universal and hosing us all down! I thought she was simply going down the slide and would ignore those but she got us pretty good that day lol

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  54. elizabeth miller says:

    My favorite water park memory was the last time we went to Mississippi to see family. My grandmother and I sat and watched the 3 kids have a blast all night long. We, in the meantime got eaten alive by flies but having that time with my grandmother, who is no longer here, and watching how good of a time she was having making fun of the kids will always be a cherished memory.

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    The only water park I’ve been to is sesame place love the lazy river. But that’s summer only! Hoping to go to an indoor one this winter!

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    My first water park experience was with all my girlfriends from the swim team, it was Action Park in NJ. I loved the Tarzan swing.

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    Loved taking my kids to a waterpark and seeing them so happy and splashing and the looks on their faces as they came down the water slide!

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  109. I don’t have any favorite waterpark memories ! Hoping to make some soon!!!

  110. Annmarie W. says:

    Years ago, we brought the kids to Great Bear Lodge and met up with friends there, and we all had a ball! The water park itself was great…but my favorite was in the evening when there was pajama ‘storytime’ for the kids in the lobby! Complete with hot chocolate!

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  115. Taking my kids to a water park, and my city kids loving it – my favorite memory. Would love to take them again. 🙂

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  121. My favorite water park memory is when I was a kid my dad fell asleep on the lazy river for a few hours and ended up getting really sunburned. As a kid it was the funniest thing ever.

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  126. Celeste Herrin says:

    my favorite water park memory is watching my kids faces light up as we splashed around …and especially as they come off the huge slide. For that moment in time there’s no worries about anything else, just pure fun! Thank you for the opportunity!

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