The Ultimate Universal Studios Hollywood Packing List (Print PDF): Essentials for an Unforgettable Adventure!

Universal Studios Packing List

As someone who loves theme parks, I know how important it is to have a well-prepared packing list for a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood. With so many rides, attractions, and shows, it can be overwhelming to know what to bring and what to pack. That’s why I’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you pack all the essential items for a smooth and memorable experience.

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What to Bring to Universal Studios Hollywood

You can download a printable PDF packing list below. More details on each item can be found further in the text.

True Fan Item List for a Fun Visit with Style

Before we jump off to the serious preparation discussion, let’s quickly explore the fun stuff. Here are some items for dedicated fans to consider. While also being useful on the go, some of the items for sure will add some fun and joy to the (family) trip.

Universal Squad Customizable Family Matching Shirts

Introducing the perfect companions for your unforgettable Universal Studios Hollywood adventure – the Universal Squad Customizable Family Matching Shirts! Elevate your family’s vacation style with these personalized shirts that not only showcase your unity but also add a touch of excitement to your theme park journey.

Universal Squad Customizable Family Matching Shirts

Family Matching Shirts

Super Mario Family Matching Shirts

Elevate your family’s adventure to Universal Studios Hollywood with our Customized Super Mario Family Matching Shirts! Transform into Super Daddio, Super Mommio, and Super Kiddo with these personalized tees that add a touch of whimsy to your theme park escapade. Let the world know that your family is ready to embark on a supercharged journey of laughter, joy, and unforgettable memories. Don’t just visit Universal Studios Hollywood – become a part of its magic, one superhero shirt at a time!

Super Mario Family Matching Shirts

or Super Mario retro hats/baseball caps of 100% cotton available in 4 different colors.

Funables Fruit Snacks

Funables Fruit Snacks – a delightful addition to your Ultimate Universal Studios Hollywood Packing List! Fuel your family’s excitement for the theme park with these Super Mario Shaped Fruit Flavored Snacks. Bursting with fruity flavors and playful shapes, these snacks are not only delicious but also portable and convenient for on-the-go adventures. Whether you’re waiting in line for your favorite ride or enjoying a live show, these snacks provide a tasty energy boost that keeps the fun going.

Harry Potter™ Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

Embark on a magical journey at Universal Studios Hollywood equipped with a must-have treat – Harry Potter™ Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans! Perfect for families seeking an enchanting experience, these beans bring a touch of Harry Potter’s wonder to your day. Will you taste a delicious strawberry or a surprising earwax flavor? It’s a game of chance that adds a sprinkle of excitement to each bite. Share laughs, gasps, and stories as you discover the unique flavors together.

Super Mario™ OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Enhance your Universal Studios Hollywood adventure with a dash of nostalgic delight – Super Mario™ OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies! These iconic treats fuse the magic of the Mushroom Kingdom with the joy of a classic snack, making them an absolute must for your theme park packing list. Don’t just visit Universal Studios Hollywood – relive the adventure with every delectable munch and create a day filled with family fun, laughter, and unforgettable treats.

Clothing and Accessories

When it comes to clothing and accessories for a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, comfort is key. Southern California weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to come prepared for changing conditions. I recommend packing lightweight, breathable clothing that’s easy to move around in. Avoid wearing dark colors as they tend to absorb heat.

Suitable Clothing Choices:

  1. Lightweight and breathable tops: Opt for t-shirts, tank tops, or lightweight blouses to stay comfortable in warm weather.
  2. Shorts or skirts: Choose comfortable bottoms that allow freedom of movement.
  3. Long pants or jeans: Consider wearing long pants or jeans for cooler weather or to protect against sunburn.
  4. Light layers: Pack a lightweight jacket or sweater for cooler evenings or indoor attractions with air conditioning.
  5. Rain gear: Bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho for unexpected showers.

Comfortable shoes are a must for a day at the park. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure to pack a pair that you’ve worn before and know won’t give you blisters. I also suggest bringing a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. And don’t forget a backpack or crossbody bag to carry your belongings.

Recommended Accessories:

  1. Comfortable shoes: Wear sneakers, athletic shoes, or comfortable walking shoes to ensure all-day comfort and support.
  2. Hat or cap: Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat or cap with a wide brim to shield your face and neck.
  3. Sunglasses: Bring a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and enhance your vision.
  4. Sunscreen: Apply and pack sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  5. Backpack or daypack: Carry a backpack or daypack to store your belongings and keep your hands free.

Layering is also important for changing weather conditions. I recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater that you can easily take on and off as needed. And if you plan on riding water attractions, bring a change of clothes or a poncho to keep yourself dry.

Layering for Changing Weather Conditions:

  1. Lightweight jacket or sweater: Pack a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be easily layered over your outfit when the weather cools down.
  2. Scarf or shawl: Consider bringing a scarf or shawl that can be easily carried or draped over your shoulders for added warmth.
  3. Extra pair of socks: Bring an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet or for added warmth on cooler days.
  4. Hat and gloves: If you’re visiting during the colder months, pack a hat and gloves to keep yourself warm.

Park Essentials

To maximize your enjoyment at Universal Studios Hollywood, there are some essential items you’ll need to bring. First and foremost, make sure you have your park tickets and identification. I recommend printing out or downloading a map of the park so you can plan your day accordingly.

Checklist of Essential Items:

  1. Park tickets: Ensure you have your valid park tickets or any pre-purchased passes for admission.
  2. Identification: Carry a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, for age verification or any required identification purposes.
  3. Money/Credit cards: Bring sufficient cash or cards for parking fees, locker rentals, dining, and souvenir purchases.
  4. Reservation confirmations: If you have made any dining reservations or purchased special experiences, have the necessary confirmation details handy.
  5. Park map and show schedules: Obtain a printed or digital map of Universal Studios Hollywood to navigate the park efficiently and make the most of your visit.
  6. Mobile app: Download the official Universal Studios Hollywood mobile app to access real-time information, wait times, and interactive features.

Sunscreen is a must for a day at the park. Make sure to apply it liberally and reapply every few hours. You’ll also want to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. Universal Studios Hollywood has water fountains throughout the park, so you’ll be able to refill your bottle as needed.


I also suggest bringing a portable phone charger. You’ll be using your phone to take photos, check wait times, and navigate the park, so you don’t want to run out of battery. Finally, bring some cash or a credit card for souvenirs, snacks, and meals.

Important Items:

Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s rays by applying sunscreen with a high SPF before entering the park and reapply throughout the day.

Refillable water bottle: Stay hydrated by bringing a refillable water bottle and take advantage of the water fountains and refill stations available throughout the park.

Great choice is a collapsible water bottle as it does not take space in your backpack once empty.

Another good option is Brita insulated filtered water bottle with a straw.

Portable phone charger: Keep your phone powered up with a portable charger to capture photos, access the park app, and stay connected throughout the day. These 2 pack power bank option should suffice to keep your devices alive throughout the day:

Comfortable backpack or bag: Carry a comfortable backpack or bag to hold your essentials, including snacks, personal items, extra clothing layers, and souvenirs.

For super light feeling (and smaller item list) opt for a foldable shoulder bag like the one linked.

For more items (for families) a bigger backpack migth be a good idea or one like this.

Poncho or umbrella: Be prepared for unexpected rain showers by bringing a lightweight poncho or compact umbrella. A hooded rain poncho like this one would be a good option:

Hand sanitizer: Keep hand sanitizer with you for frequent use, especially before eating or after touching surfaces.

Technology and Entertainment

Although it’s crucial to switch off and enjoy the park, technology can make your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood even more enjoyable. Whether it’s a DSLR or just your smartphone camera, I advise bringing a camera with you so you can record special moments. To ensure that you don’t miss any photo possibilities, remember to include additional batteries or a charger.

Another excellent item to include is a pair of headphones or earbuds. There are various immersive activities at Universal Studios Hollywood where wearing headphones can improve the experience. Additionally, listening to music or a podcast while waiting in line for a ride will help the time pass more quickly.

Finally, bring some entertainment like books or travel games for downtime. Whether you’re waiting in line or taking a break between attractions, having something to keep you occupied can make the day more enjoyable.

Necessary Technology Items

  1. Camera: Bring a camera to capture the magical moments and memories throughout your visit to Universal Studios Hollywood.
  2. Smartphone or tablet: Carry your smartphone or tablet for various purposes, such as accessing the park’s mobile app, checking showtimes, or using interactive features.
  3. Extra batteries or portable chargers: Ensure you have extra batteries or portable chargers to keep your devices powered up throughout the day.
  4. Headphones: Pack a pair of headphones to fully immerse yourself in the audio experiences offered by certain attractions, shows, or interactive elements.
  5. Earbuds: If you prefer a more compact option, earbuds can provide a convenient way to enjoy audio elements while minimizing bulk.
  6. Books or e-books: If you enjoy reading, bring a book or e-reader to enjoy during downtime or while waiting in lines.
  7. Travel games: Consider bringing travel-sized games like card games, puzzles, or word games to entertain yourself or your group during breaks or longer queues.
  8. Mobile games or apps: Download entertaining mobile games or apps that can be enjoyed while waiting in lines or during downtime.

Snacks and Refreshments

Let’s face it: theme park food isn’t always the healthiest option. That’s why carrying your own snacks and drinks is a terrific way to save money and stay fueled for a long day at the park. It’s also an excellent approach to accommodate any dietary limitations or preferences.

When it comes to snacks, I recommend taking non-perishable products such as protein bars, trail mix, and fruit snacks. These are small enough to fit in a backpack or fanny pack without becoming crushed. Don’t forget to carry a refillable water bottle, as staying hydrated is essential throughout a day in the sun. A small cooler is a fantastic alternative for bringing anything that needs to be kept chilled.

One thing to keep in mind is that Universal Studios Hollywood has some restrictions on outside food and beverages. You can bring in small snacks and drinks, but no coolers, glass containers, or alcohol are allowed. Be sure to check the park’s website for the most up-to-date guidelines.

  1. Convenience and cost savings: Consider bringing snacks and beverages from home to save money and have convenient options readily available throughout the day.
  2. Dietary preferences or restrictions: Bringing your own snacks allows you to cater to specific dietary needs or preferences.

Recommended Snacks and Beverages

  1. Non-perishable snacks: Pack non-perishable items such as granola bars, trail mix, crackers, dried fruit, or individual snack packs.
  2. Refillable water bottles: Bring refillable water bottles to stay hydrated and take advantage of water fountains and refill stations available in the park.
  3. Small coolers or insulated bags: If you plan to bring perishable items or want to keep snacks and beverages cool, consider using small coolers or insulated bags.

Miscellaneous Items

In addition to snacks and drinks, there are a few miscellaneous items that can make your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood even better. One of the most important is a poncho or umbrella, as the park is located in sunny Southern California and rain can be unpredictable. Wet wipes are also a great addition to your packing list, as they can come in handy for spills, sticky hands, and other messes.

List of Miscellaneous Items:

Ponchos or rain jackets: Prepare for unexpected rain showers by bringing lightweight ponchos or rain jackets.

Umbrella: If you prefer, bring a compact umbrella that can easily fit in your bag for protection from rain or sun.

Wet wipes or hand sanitizer: Keep wet wipes or hand sanitizer handy for quick clean-ups or to maintain hygiene throughout the day.

Ziplock bags: Bring a few Ziplock bags for storing small items, keeping electronics dry, or storing wet clothing.

Extra clothes or layers: Depending on personal preference or anticipated weather changes, consider bringing an extra set of clothes or additional layers for comfort.

Hat clips or straps: To prevent losing your hat on rides or during fast-paced activities, consider using hat clips or straps to keep it secure.

Another item to consider is extra cash or cards for souvenirs, locker rentals, and dining. While many places in the park accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand just in case. And if you plan on going on any rides with water elements, a change of clothes or a waterproof phone case might be a good idea.

Extra Cash or Cards:

  1. Souvenirs: Allocate extra cash or bring cards for purchasing souvenirs, collectibles, or merchandise.
  2. Locker rentals: If you plan to use lockers to store your belongings, bring cash or cards for locker rental fees.
  3. Dining: Have extra cash or cards available for dining at restaurants or purchasing snacks throughout the park.

Of course, everyone’s packing list will be different based on personal preferences and special circumstances. If you have a medical condition or disability, be sure to bring any necessary equipment or documents. And if you’re traveling with young children, consider bringing a stroller or baby carrier for added convenience.

Personal Preferences or Special Circumstances:

  1. Medications: If you require any medications, bring them along with proper storage and administration instructions.
  2. Accessibility needs: If you or someone in your group has specific accessibility needs, bring any necessary mobility aids, such as crutches, wheelchairs, or hearing devices.
  3. Baby supplies: If you have an infant or toddler, pack essentials such as diapers, wipes, bottles, and baby food as needed.
  4. Allergy medication or EpiPen: If you have known allergies, carry necessary medications or an EpiPen for emergency situations.

Safety and Health Considerations

As with any theme park, safety and health should be a top priority when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. While the park has strict safety measures in place, it’s important to take responsibility for your own well-being as well. That’s why I recommend packing a basic first aid kit with items like bandaids, pain relievers, and sunscreen.

While Universal Studios Hollywood maintains a safe and secure environment, it’s always a good idea to take precautions to protect your belongings.

Accessory suggestions for added safety from potential theft

Money belt or hidden pouch: Consider wearing a money belt or using a hidden pouch to keep your valuables, such as cash, credit cards, and important documents, securely attached to your body. This makes it difficult for thieves to access them without your knowledge.

Locks for bags or backpacks: Utilize locks designed for bags or backpacks to secure the zippers and prevent unauthorized access. This can act as a deterrent to potential thieves and provide an extra layer of security for your belongings.

RFID-blocking wallet or card sleeves: RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) skimming is a technique used by thieves to steal personal information from credit cards or passports with RFID chips. Using an RFID-blocking wallet or card sleeves can prevent unauthorized scanning and protect your sensitive information.

Keep a vigilant eye on your belongings: One of the best safety measures is to be aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your belongings at all times. Avoid leaving your personal items unattended and be cautious of any suspicious activity around you.

If you have any medical conditions or take medication, be sure to bring these with you as well. It’s also a good idea to have a copy of any necessary medical documents, just in case of an emergency.

Some more common items that are NOT allowed in Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Large coolers
  • Weapons
  • Dangerous or hazardous materials
  • Food or beverages that require heating or refrigeration
  • Professional cameras
  • Souvenirs that have been purchased outside of the park
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Bicycles
  • Skateboards
  • Rollerblades
  • Personal watercraft
  • Any other items that may be considered a safety hazard or a nuisance


Finally, a well-planned packing list is critical for a successful and pleasant visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. You’ll be ready for anything the park throws at you if you pack clothing, park essentials, snacks and refreshments, miscellaneous goods, and safety and health essentials. And you won’t forget anything with this exhaustive checklist.

So, what are you holding out for? Prepare to embark on an incredible adventure at Universal Studios Hollywood. The park has something for everyone, whether you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan or just enjoy a nice thrill ride. And with everything you need, you’ll be able to enjoy it all to the maximum.

For gerenal information about Universal Studios Hollywood and further navigation please refer to: Universal Studios Hollywood: Where Movie Magic Comes to Life


What type of clothing should I pack for my visit to Universal Studios Hollywood?

It’s best to pack comfortable clothing suitable for the weather, such as lightweight and breathable fabrics. Consider packing layers for changing temperatures throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes for walking.

Can I bring a backpack into Universal Studios Hollywood?

Yes, backpacks are allowed in the park. They are convenient for carrying essentials like water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, and other personal items.

Universal Studios Hollywood allows visitors to bring backpacks as long as they are smaller than 8.5 inches and don’t have wheels. Soft-sided insulated bags are also allowed as long as they are no larger than 8.5 inches wide x 6 inches high x 6 inches deep. It is recommended to bring a compact backpack or purse that will fit into a small locker. Backpacks are not allowed on any of the rides, so visitors should consider storing their backpacks in the free lockers provided by the park.

Are there any items that I should definitely include in my park essentials?

Absolutely! Your park essentials should include items like park tickets, identification, maps, and any pre-booked reservations. Don’t forget sunscreen for sun protection, a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated, and a portable phone charger to keep your devices powered up.

Can I bring outside food and drinks into Universal Studios Hollywood?

Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside the park, except for special dietary needs or baby food. However, you can bring sealed water bottles and small snacks to keep you energized throughout the day. There are also various dining options available inside the park.

Should I bring cash or cards for purchases at Universal Studios Hollywood?

It’s a good idea to bring both cash and cards for your visit. While most places accept cards, having some cash on hand can be convenient for small purchases, tips, or vending machines. It’s also advisable to have a credit or debit card for larger purchases.

Are there any specific health and safety guidelines I should follow when packing?

Yes, it’s important to prioritize health and safety during your visit. Pack a basic first aid kit with band-aids, pain relievers, and any necessary medications. Consider any specific health needs you may have and bring any required medical documents. Familiarize yourself with Universal Studios Hollywood’s health and safety guidelines.

Can I bring my own entertainment like books or games to enjoy during downtime?

Yes, bringing your own entertainment like books or travel games can be a great way to pass the time while waiting in lines or during breaks. Just be mindful of your surroundings and other guests’ experiences.

Are there any restrictions on bringing technology items such as cameras or smartphones?

You are allowed to bring cameras, smartphones, and other personal electronics into Universal Studios Hollywood. However, it’s important to follow any guidelines regarding photography or recording during certain attractions or shows. Respect the park’s policies and the privacy of others.

Can I rent lockers at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Yes, locker rentals are available at the park. Lockers are useful for storing personal items, extra clothing layers, or any items that may not be permitted on certain attractions. Consider bringing some extra cash or cards for locker rentals.

Are there free lockers available?

Some of the attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood offer free lockers as long as it’s within a certain timeframe. The lockers are free just before the ride, and there is no need to pay for the locker. Universal Studios Hollywood conveniently offers complimentary locker rental at certain attractions. If you have a lot of items with you, consider renting a locker when visiting a water ride. Universal has a system where you can get a “free” locker for a period of time (it may change depending on how busy they are). You use your fingerprint.

How can I ensure I have everything I need for a smooth visit to Universal Studios Hollywood?

To ensure you have everything you need, refer to our comprehensive packing list for Universal Studios Hollywood. It covers all the essential items, clothing recommendations, park essentials, and other considerations to help make your visit enjoyable and stress-free.

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