Water Park Outfits For Men. Not all theme parks are created equal. And they aren’t called theme parks for no reason. They aim to amuse the guests in the most creative ways imaginable. Most of them are inspired by works of pop culture like film and music. You’ve probably heard of Disneyland, Marvel: Avengers Campus, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
But what about water parks? Well, they are particularly mesmerizing because of the scenery and the things you can do there. Legoland and Atlantis are two of the well-known water parks on the record.
A day at the park makes adults feel like they’re a child once again. And spending your time there is a great way to be active and feel cool at the same time. These places are usually packed in summer as people tend to enjoy best under the scorching heat.
Generally, parks (especially water parks) operate during the summer season only. But some of them open their doors to the public all year, all-year-round, with some restrictions due to COVID.
Packing Essentials for the Water Park
Unlike beaches, water parks provide most of the gear to their guests. And while there’s no need to bring much, packing your stuff won’t hurt you. It will save you from unexpected expenses as the park’s gift shop items are pricey.
- Swimwear. Generally, water parks don’t allow guests to enter the water unless they’re in proper attire. So if you plan on joining the crowd, pack your best swimsuit. And if you’ll be jumping in waves and riding down slides, avoid tight garments and opt for something comfortable instead.
- Water Shoes. They are your go-to footwear option. Some parks don’t allow their guests to wear them in pools and rides. If that’s the case, you have to follow the rule. Any type of water shoes would work of course including boat shoes.
- Coverups. A combo of a T-shirt and shorts would do. White clothes will reflect the sun’s rays while dark ones absorb them, making you feel hot. Fabrics like cotton and terrycloth are ideal as they are lightweight and can wick away moisture.
- Rash Vest. A stretchy long-sleeve shirt can shield you from the sun throughout the day. It can also protect you from any rashes caused by friction.
- Longsleeves. You never know when the weather will take a turn. That said, bring long-sleeved shirts or sweaters for everyone who will be needing them.
- Extra dry clothes. Before leaving the park, you should dry yourself first. Bring a couple more dry clothes with you. Don’t wear your wet clothes on your way home. And have some zip-close bags to store your wet clothes.
- Others. For more info about what to bring to theme parks, check this out.
Tips On Water Park Outfits
- Make A Checklist. Forgetting something might ruin your special day. So make sure you’ve packed everything you need before you leave the house.
- Safety First. Do not compromise your health by being too relaxed. Regardless if you’ve been vaccinated or not, remember to bring alcohol or hand sanitizer. Extra facemasks will be useful as well. And, of course, abide by the COVID rules implemented by the establishment.
- Stay Hydrated. It’s a common issue for guests to pass out in parks, especially in summer. So you might want to drink a lot of fluids while you’re at it.
- Plan Ahead. You don’t know who you’ll bump into. Weather can go sideways before you know it. That said, it’s better to pack a minimum of two outfits: one for summer and one for the rainy weather. You don’t want to be caught up in a hard situation like spending beyond your budget.
- Check the Weather. Always consider the weather before going to theme parks. This will matter most when you’re choosing your outfits. As such, steer clear of thick fabrics when going to the water park on a sunny day.
- Bring Sunscreen (Waterproof, I hope). Don’t forget to pack a lotion with SPF. You don’t want those UV rays to get in the way of enjoyment, so reapply it every few hours. This is essential, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time under the sun.
What To Avoid
- Costumes. Although this is a waterpark, you can’t do whatever you think is fun. Unless you’re headed for a Halloween party, leave those costumes at home. They’re awkward-looking and inappropriate for a water park.
- Offensive Shirt Prints. Expect that you’ll be seeing children there. So ditch anything with prints depicting sexism and racism. They’re not family-friendly, and they don’t make you cool.
- Jewelry. Expensive items are a beacon for thieves. You can have fun without showing off your bling and heirlooms. Unless you want to play needle in a haystack, leave those at home.
- Formal Outfits. This is not the time and place to wear three-piece suits and tuxes. Save them for the black-tie. There’s an exemption, of course — for formal dinner parties held at water parks.
- Flip-flops on Wet Decks. Wearing such may cause you to slip and fall. To be sure, wear sandals with a grip on the soles. Wear these when the floor is hot so that you won’t hurt your feet.
- Expensive Electronics. As much as you want to document those special moments, I’m afraid you have to leave those fancy gadgets at home. If your phone camera would do, then that’s great. Just bring one of those underwater pouches with you.
- Bulky Items. If you are traveling to the water park by air, leave those heavy, space-consuming items like towels and coats.
Where To Buy
First off, mind that it’s not required to buy new clothes. It’s always a practical move to go over your existing clothes. See if you can mix and match some pieces to come up with outfits that are ideal for a water park.
Then again, you are welcome to spend some cash. Take a trip to your favorite stores, and look for comfortable and stylish picks. But with the virus thing going on, you can do online shopping to save yourself some time and energy. My personal picks include H&M, Uniqlo, and Topman.
What Should Men Wear To Water Park?
As funny as it sounds, you should keep yourself dry. I know that it’s a water park, but don’t take it so lightly. You can pull off that wet look for splashing and IG moments. But other than that, stay dry to avoid catching a cold.
And now it’s time to dress the part! Before anything else, it would help if you’d check the park’s dress code to avoid any embarrassment.
↓ 20 – All-White Outfit
Nothing beats an all-white outfit when it comes to poolside festivities and cruise parties. It has some aesthetic you won’t find anywhere else. But watch out as white is prone to dirt and stain. However, you shouldn’t bother getting it wet because that’s the point of it all. Here are some more Men’s White Shirt Outfits.
↓ 19 – For Plus-Size Men
If you are rooting for that slimming effect, opt for a striped shirt. And not just ordinary stripes. You have to be particular with vertical lines as they can make you look slimmer. Meanwhile, horizontal bars can make you appear even bigger, so consider yourself warned.
↓ 18 – Vintage Shirt
Come up with another aesthetic outfit by wearing a vintage shirt. For one, it looks good with short chinos, and the shirt really does live up to its name. The design is perfect for the waterpark and beachside views. I believe it has something to do with it being a vacation wardrobe staple.
↓ 17 – Linen Shirt
Linen fabric is ideal for summer, making it advisable to wear during waterpark activities. Not only will you feel comfy wearing it, but it’s also functional because of the material. It is breathable and highly absorbent. As such, don a linen shirt as a standalone piece and team it up with shorts. For more ideas, you can check out these Theme Park Outfits for Men.
↓ 16 – Long Sleeves
Long-sleeved shirts are for those moments requiring slightly more polished looks. One scenario is when attending an event at the waterpark and you don’t necessarily intend to get wet. This option may also apply to stylish and conservative men who don’t like their arms to get burned by direct sunlight.
↓ 15 – Water Park Party Clothes
Take a break from your daily wardrobe staples, and opt for something next to normal. Parties held at waterparks give you the leeway to rock funky colors and hippie patterns. Take note that it’s a party so things shouldn’t be too serious. Take the opportunity to look good in clothes people don’t see every day.
↓ 14 – Striped Tanktop
Tanktops won’t be missing from this list. For one, they are a go-to choice for summer. And while it won’t take you long to style them, give extra effort to the fit. Although it’s a tanktop, it should look decent and not sloppy. Stripes blend in well in such environment so go for it!
↓ 13 – Nautical Style
Blue, white, and a polished look — I recognize a nautical style when I see one. Cruise parties and waterparks have a few things in common, and outfit choice is one of them. The definitive style of this combo isn’t something you see in any other event. However, I won’t recommend you wear this when doing rides and slides.
↓ 12 – White Pants
First off, I won’t recommend you wear this if you spend much time in the waters. White chino pants are essential for men who are visiting the waterpark for some reasons, including, but not limited to, sightseeing and photoshoots.
↓ 11 – Floral Shirt
For summer and spring shenanigans, opt for tropical prints and floral designs. They are pleasing to the eye and break the dullness of plain outfits. Your willingness to wear them is what separates you from the crowd because not all men can pull them off. If you need styling ideas for such shirts then do have a look at these Floral Shirt Outfits for Men.
↓ 10 – Spring Outfit
Look for graphic prints like leaves, flowers, and fruits. They are what make a shirt ideal for the spring season. Remember that this is the time of harvest, and your outfit should not say otherwise. Waterpark outfits call for relatively brighter colors like yellow and orange.
↓ 9 – Brimmed Hat
A wide-brimmed hat is a functional piece, making it ideal for summer gigs. I know that you love the sun, but too much of a good thing is bad. That said, protect your head, eyes, and face from those harmful rays. Go for variants like white, beige, and off-white hats. Match it to the rest of your outfit for a laidback yet classy look.
↓ 8 – Resortwear
You can take your resort wear to the water park. It always comes down to how you combine your outfits. For one, short sleeves look good in boiling weather. And shorts are your best option for the bottom half. Don’t go barefoot, as the decks tend to be slippery when wet. So opt for water shoes or flip-flops with good grip so you won’t slip.
↓ 7 – Casual Outfit
Some waterparks don’t have specific dress codes. That gives you the leeway to wear your casual outfits. And since you have the freedom to wear what you want, put effort into choosing the best colors. Learn to play with shades without going overboard.
↓ 6 – Streetwear
↓ 5 – Tropical Vibe
↓ 4 – Flip-flops
↓ 3 – Summer Style
↓ 2 – The Minimalist
↓ 1 – Slightly Formal Look
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I wear regular clothes to a water theme park?
A. Yes. For starters, go over your wardrobe essentials and look for water park-appropriate pieces. This doesn’t mean you can wear anything you want. For one, most water parks have strict dress codes you need to follow. You don’t want to embarrass yourself and ruin the excitement eventually.
Q. What do you wear at the water park?
A. First off, be familiar with the park’s dress code. After that, sort out your options according to appropriateness, comfort, and style. For starters, swimwear like a rash vest or rash guard will do. The same goes for coverups like cotton tees and shorts. And then choose flip-flops and water shoes only if you’ll be doing a lot of activities.
Q. What shoes to wear to a water park?
A. Go barefoot in some areas where it’s appropriate. Meanwhile, wear water shoes or flip-flops in other places, including the snack bar and restrooms.
John Vincent studied Communication Arts in the Philippines.
He is a fan of superheroes; that’s why he loves the American series Smallville. He spends his spare time watching Arrowverse TV shows and MCU movies.
He pays attention to all things aesthetic. He’s a book-lover as well. And ever since, writing has been his best companion to express his feelings and thoughts.
He believes that fashion is one of the most creative ways of self-expression. He gets most of his style inspiration from Instagram models and screen personalities like Jordan Elsass, Noah Schnapp, and Johnny Orlando.