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Heading out to the zoo is always a fun time. The problems come when I don't take along everything we may end up needing!! We usually stay a LONG time and I am super thankful when I take the time to pack the right stuff. I think I have finally figured out what to pack for a zoo trip to save me time and headaches while we are there. This allows us to just focus on making memories and spending time with animals.
What to Pack for a Zoo Trip
It was easy for me when I had a stroller at the zoo. I didn't have to be as organized because I could just throw all sorts of items into the basket underneath. Well, for the first time in FOREVER….we are basically done with a stroller! 🙂 It does come with a downside….carrying all the “stuff” myself! So now I am a little bit picky about what to pack for a zoo trip because someone has to carry everything and I think we all know who that someone will be….ME! 🙂
I don't know about your local zoos, but we have 2 close by and each one is friendly about families bringing food inside the zoo. As a mom that makes me SMILE because it saves me money and we are free to sit down and eat anywhere at the zoo.
Sometimes we will pack traditional “lunches” and other times we just pack all sorts of snack foods and do a snacking lunch. Honestly, my kids enjoy the snack lunch best. 🙂
One of our favorite snacks to bring along to the zoo is GOOD THiNS- The Wheat One- Ancient Grains. The Wheat One is packed with ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth & millet. Baked deliciously thin & crispy. It is age-old grains for the new age and is made with 100% whole grain wheat. There are lots of GOOD THiNS varieties but our other favorites are:
- GOOD THiNS- The Potato One- Sweet Potato. The Sweet Potato GOOD THiNS are made with real sweet potatoes and have 60% less fat than leading regular fried potato chip!
- GOOD THiNS- The Beet One- Balsamic Vinegar & Sea Salt. I love the new Beet One. It is a baked snack with the delicious tangy twist of balsamic vinegar and sea salt.
I grab them when I am at Dillons and they are the perfect grab and go snack for outings.
As a mom I love that GOOD THiNS start with real ingredients (like wheat, potato and rice), combined with enticing flavors (like garlic, spinach and sweet potato) and are baked thin and crispy without any artificial flavors, colors, cholesterol, partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.
My kids just love that GOOD THiNS taste great and are yummy to eat!
We always bring along our refillable water bottles so we can stay hydrated. Each child packs their own small backpack (to lighten mom's load, LOL) and they always have a favorite water bottle to bring.
I load the bottles with ice before heading out and that way the bottles stay nice and cold all day long.
We are in and out of the sun a lot at the zoo. I like to apply our sunscreen before we go and then reapply during the day as needed.
Putting a small travel size sunscreen in my bag does the trick and doesn't take up much space.
I hate to admit it, but I don't think we have ever gone on an outing where someone didn't need a bandage of some kind. EVER. Yes, my kids (and me) are a tad clumsy and accident prone. Everyone gets a few bandages thrown in their bag for good luck!
Save the squinting for another day and just bring along a pair of sunglasses! Everyone grabs their pair and into the backpack they go. They don't weigh a lot and are worth it.
Some of my kids don't like getting dirty. So we definitely don't want to forget some tissues and wet wipes of some kind for a quick hand cleaning when we aren't near a bathroom.
Our favorite local zoo is very interactive and has lots of feeding and petting opportunities. There is usually hand sanitizer available but there might be a line. Plus we have some yummy smelling bottles in travel sizes that are perfect for taking along!
The zoo offers so many fun photo opportunities. From adorable statues the kids can stand beside to watching them feed a hippo! I never want to forget my camera!!
A Positive Attitude
Lastly, we want to take along a great attitude. It is okay if our favorite animal isn't on exhibit that day….we will find something else to see! We are just there to have fun and make memories together!!
What Do You Pack for a Zoo Trip?
Have you figured out what to pack for a zoo trip by trial and error? What essentials do you always take along? Be sure to locate your local Kroger/Kroger Family of Stores HERE so you can grab some GOOD THiNS to take along on your next zoo trip!
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Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms) says
Wow, you had an awesome day! We’ve been so busy selling our home and keeping it staged perfectly I just decided today needs to be a day out of the house for our two year old daughter. Thanks for the inspiration – we are headed to the zoo and will stop to pick up GOOD THiNS on the way! #client
Tammie Houston says
I’m so glad I found this list, it’s sure to make our trip to the animal park with the kids so much more enjoyable. It’s great you pointed out the importance of toiletries and the like when going to one, what with how rough the kids can be, I expect we’ll be needing to bring those things along with us. I’ve been thinking of some family activities to do together with them for a while and they just came up to me and said they want to go to an animal park earlier. It’s nice that they did the decision making process for me, now all I have to do is prepare our things for the trip for next weekend.