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 spots.)

• 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 other guests.
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.

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