I just got back from a trip to Universal Studios Orlando with a bunch of friends for a birthday celebration and on the plane ride back I started thinking…
“I wonder if anyone else overpacked for a trip to a theme park like I did?”
I had the HARDEST time trying to pack for this trip. First of all, I was just so excited to go that I just wanted to get there ASAP! But when I actually sat down to think about what I should pack, I struggled. What would be the best theme park attire? Do I want to go super casual with gym shorts and tennis shoes? Do I want to look somewhat decent and wear a pair of chino shorts and a cute top? Do I wear tennis shoes the whole time? Should I wear flip flops? What if I want to ride a water ride? Do I need to pack extra outfits? What if we go out to dinner and I need something fancy?
Yeah, that was overwhelming. It was even overwhelming to type up – I totally don’t want to have to relive that again. So that was all going through my mind while I was packing for this trip. And it wasn’t even a long trip! Just a quick 4 day/long weekend! I didn’t want to be ‘that girl’ and show up with 3 big bags and overpack – which I ultimately ended up doing!
SO ANYWAYS! On the plane trip back, I thought about what I though would be the best things for someone to pack when they know they are traveling to a theme park. I wanted to make sure that everything that was packed could fit into your carry-on luggage so that you have ONE suitcase & your purse/backpack.
There are 2 ways you can go with this – Casual & Super Casual. I ended up packing both styles and cramming it all into my suitcase (this is not recommended). Check out the different styles below…
Do you want to be casual but still look polished. Maybe you have reservations at a restaurant later on and need an outfit which is multi-functional (again, is that even a word?) This is what you should pack!
I would pack 1 pair of jean shorts (they just really go with everything) and 2 pairs of “chino” shorts. Pack a functional work like khaki, navy blue, white or black. That way they can mix and match with the shirts you pack.
If you can stick with a shirt with sleeves. Tank tops are fun and all but if you have fair skin like me, sunburn can hurt any trip. I would consider packing a comfy & soft white tee, a striped tee and then a fun colored or print top.
Stick to whatever is comfortable for you. If you are comfy in your fav pair of jacks, go with that (although you may risk losing them on a roller coaster). I would say wear a pair of white sneakers – like the adidas stan smiths below, or a strappy sandal that has a back.
So if you want to be super comfortable and relaxed or maybe you are enjoying the FULL park and want to experience EVERY ride or maybe it is just super hot outside and you want to stay cool, then this is what you need to pack.
A great pair of gym shorts can go a long way. With this “style” you want comfort. I would pack a could pairs of gym shorts in neutral colors. I literally live in my black nike running shorts. They are comfy, dry fast (water rides, duh!) and basically match with any t-shirt. Alternative: If you don’t wear shorts, think about a pair of capri leggings or yoga pants. Remember, comfort is key.
Everyone loves a great t-shirt. I got a bunch of Harry Potter t-shirts from Target the week before I went on my trip but literally any shirt will do. Stick to the basics if you want to be functional but any shirt will do.
Tennis Shoes. Tennis Shoes. Tennis Shoes. You do a lot of walking. Like really. A lot. You don’t want to get an blisters or sore feet. Also, bring more than 1 pair. If you go on a water ride, they will get wet and you can’t guarantee that those shoes will dry before the next morning.
What I Wore:
(ignore my squinty eyes – the sun was crazy this day! oh yes, this is a Harry Potter graphic tee)
(I wore this outfit on the plane down since we went straight to the park when we arrived.)
P.S. I would have more outfit pictures but I did not take my cell phone into the park.
DISCLAIMER: Universal Studios now does not let you bring your cell phone or any other valuables onto roller coasters so it is just easier to leave it in the hotel room rather than having to rent a locker every time you want to hop on a ride.