There are more than 400 amusement parks in the US and an estimated 375 million visitors annually. But the upside-down rollercoaster is not the only thing to fear while there. Theft, getting separated from your group and heat stroke are just some of the common issues that people can face.
These are safety tips to know before your amusement park adventures.
FUEL UP FOR THE BIG DAY
Drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious breakfast that will provide sustained energy for your day without weighing you down.
COMFORT IS KEY
Spending the day at an amusement park requires comfortable clothes and shoes. Think function over fashion. Limit the jewelry you wear and valuables you bring. It’s easy to drop things on rides or misplace things in crowded areas. There’s also a chance that expensive jewelry and bags could make you a target for theft.
Pack sunscreen, a small first aid kit (band-aids, Advil, hand sanitizer, etc.), snacks, water and, of course, your smartphone for pictures and for emergencies. If you are going to wear a purse or backpack that is not in your line of vision, add small luggage locks to secure zippers so no one can pickpocket you. Most amusement parks offer lockers. Secure valuables in lockers.
CREATE A PLAN
If you’re going with a group, exchange phone numbers so everyone can contact each other in case you split up or the group wants to separate. At the park, agree on an area and time to meet at the end of the day.
TAKE A BREAK
With all the rides, sights and sounds, it’s hard to want to take a break. Drink plenty of fluids, refuel with a snack and reapply sunscreen as needed.
Tips from Krav Maga Worldwide, www.kravmaga.com