Six Flags operates amusement parks, including water parks and wildlife-themed parks, throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico China, Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. For many guests, a successful Six Flags trip depends on proper preparation. Most visitors plan on spending the entire day in the park, so it's best to be prepared for any situation with a backpack of a few supplies.


A few essential items may sometimes get overlooked with planning a day trip to a Six Flags theme park. Secure identification, money, credit cards, wallets, car keys and house keys in a small, zippered pouch and place inside of the backpack. You don't want loose keys flying out of your pocket on a roller coaster. Give the second set of keys to another person traveling with you. Should a bag get misplaced, you and the other members of your party won't be trapped at the theme park.

Rain Gear

Pop-up thunderstorms and showers are common in many areas, especially during the summer months when most Six Flags parks are in full swing. Throw some rain ponchos into the backpack. Most rain gear folds into small squares and won't take up much room or weight in the bag. Carrying around an umbrella all day might get tiring. On dry days, spread ponchos out in the grass for a rest between rides.

Pool Attire

If you are attending a theme park that has a water park element that you plan on visiting, it is of course essential to pack your bathing suit. Especially if you are traveling with young kids, they may stray from your plans and be enticed by Hurricane Harbor or any other popular water ride, so packing their suits just in case is wise. If the thought of being exposed in your swimsuit to that many people makes you uncomfortable, packing a t-shirt you wouldn’t mind getting wet could be a good option for you to remain modest and covered.

Swim shoes may also help your feet avoid blisters as you walk throughout the day too, so pack these comfortable shoes if you anticipate needing them.. If you feel as though will will need to carry your mobile devices with you in the water park, bring a waterproof necklace or fanny pack to keep with you as you go throughout the water park too.

Safety Items

Keep everyone safe and happy by planning. Pack sunscreen, reusable water bottles, prescriptions and medical insurance cards. Fill a disposable plastic zipper bag with baby wipes, and keep extra bags on hand. Sealable plastic bags are very handy for storing digital cameras and cell phones on water rides. Pack a small first-aid kit with bandages and antiseptic cream to clean up any cuts and scrapes. This first aid kit may even include a document that notes any food allergies the people in your party possess as well, to be used in the case if an emergency.

Additional Tips

Check online for discounts at the park you're visiting, such as by having an AAA card. Keep tickets and reservation confirmations close at hand. Printing out a park map ahead of time helps you pick and choose your “must-ride” attractions and form a plan for the day, which can be essential in high seasons when the parks are packed. Pack the digital camera and extra batteries, but keep in mind that Six Flags does not allow cameras to be used on rides. Six Flags also provides lockers for storing backpacks while on rides. Identifying which parking lot option you will want in advance will also avoid confusion and save you time.

Prohibited Items

Several items are not permitted at Six Flags theme parks, including coolers and food items. Exceptions are made for baby food and those with special dietary restrictions. Guests also may not bring fireworks, lawn chairs, magic markers, aerosol cans, glass bottles, knives, clothing with spikes, firearms, wagons or shoes with wheels.