There are more than 400 amusement parks in the US and an estimated 375 million guests visit these parks annually. With schools letting out for summer break and warm weather making a steady appearance, many people will be gearing up to spend time at their favorite amusement park, 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.

Below are safety tips from Krav Maga Worldwide to know before heading out on amusement park adventures.

  • Fuel up for the big day. Before leaving the house for your favorite park, make sure to 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 shoes and attire. When it comes to clothes and shoes think function over fashion. It’s also a good idea to limit what sort of jewelry you wear and valuables you bring. It’s easy to drop things while on rides or misplace things in crowded areas like restaurants or restrooms. There’s also a chance that having expensive jewelry, bags, etc could make you a target for theft while at the park.
  • Pack the necessities. Make sure to pack sunscreen, a small first aid kit (band-aids, Advil, hand sanitizer, etc.), snacks, water and of course your trusty smartphone not only for pictures, but for emergencies as well. If you are going to be wearing a purse or backpack that is not in your line of vision at all times, think about picking up small luggage locks to secure the zippers so that no one can pickpocket you. Most amusement parks offer a bank of lockers for patrons to use. It’s a good idea to secure valuable items in the lockers if you can.
  • Create a plan. If you are going with a group of people to an amusement park, make sure you all exchange phone numbers so that everyone has the ability to contact each other in case you get split up or the group wants to separate. Once you arrive at the park agree on an area and time to meet at the end of the day in case phones die.
  • Take a break. With all the rides, sounds and sights it’s hard to want to take a break from all the action. But it can be key to preventing heat stroke, dehydration and other common summer heat-related issues. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, refuel with a snack and reapply sunscreen as needed.

This article was originally published on Pittsburgh Parent.

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