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Be Prepared… what to take to the parks!
This article follows on from “Be prepared…what to wear to the Parks!” where we looked at the best clothing to be worn.
So we’ve got you dressed and ready for action. Now you just need some tools to assist you during the day. Remember you will have to carry all this so be careful before you just start loading up the bags.
So let’s start with bags. A bum/fanny bag is essential and not too small either. They are great for keeping things secure in and easily accessible. You will also find that you don’t have a problem with them on the majority of rides and activities. A lightweight foldaway day sack can be very useful. These fold up into a little pouch and stay on the belt of your bum/fanny bag until you need it, for example when it gets a little warmer and you want to shed some clothes. You don’t need one each of these; you can share between two or three of you. Should the bag get really full and you want to leave it somewhere, all the parks have lockers at the entrance where you can leave things. The only thing to remember here is that the parks are huge and you won’t want to keep walking back to the locker every ten minutes, so plan ahead.
So what else are you going to need? Money, yes for eats, treats and maybe gifts. But why bring your whole purse/wallet when it is probably stuffed full of receipts/bills and bits of plastic that you certainly won’t need in the park. Think light and leave the unnecessary at home! Shades are a must for when the sun is really shining. Being out all day can be tiring on the eyes so take the shades, best with a “croakie” or cord to hang them around your neck. Besides taking shades can make you look really cool!
While we are talking about the sun, don’t forget the sun block! You can enjoy the sunshine without getting burnt. But you don’t need a huge bottle. Get yourself a small plastic bottle that will hold enough for you for the day and top this up.
Band aids/plasters, take a few, you never know what little blisters etc. you might get and having a few handy could save the day. Don’t forget the tissues too!
You’ll also do well to take a water bottle or clip. You’ll need to keep drinking plenty of water to keep your energy levels up during the day. You can take your own bottle with you, or buy it in the park, but having a pouch or clip on a neck band avoids the need to carry it. Plenty of water will keep you much livelier for the long day and help to prevent those headaches can sometimes occur. Remember that sodas etc. aren’t as effective at curing thirst!
As for cameras, videos etc you can see what we suggest in “Be prepared….what gadgets to take to the parks!”
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