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What and What Not to Pack

If you’ve been following along our entire Preproduction Guide, you’re all set for your adventure at Universal Studios Hollywood! Let’s just tie up some loose ends: what and what not to pack for your day at the park.

What to Pack

  • Your California Informer touring plan of choice. You can either access our guides online at californiainformer.com or print out paper copies.
  • Your printed out park admission tickets. While you can use your phones to redeem e-tickets at the turnstiles, printed out tickets are easier to handle and save time.
  • Your ID. Photo IDs are required to purchase alcoholic drinks at Universal Studios Hollywood or Citywalk. A California Resident ID is required to pick up a CA Resident Annual Pass or Pass Plus.
  • Sunscreen. While nowhere near as hot or sunny as Universal’s Orlando parks, it’s still possible to get a sunburn on a sunny Los Angeles day.
  • A camera with extra, fully-charged batteries and memory cards. Between the studio tour, character encounters and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there’s plenty to take pictures of at the park – but be prepared. Make sure you’ve charged all of your batteries (and bring an extra or two). Clear off your memory cards, as well, so you don’t run out of space and miss a crucial moment.
  • Extra cell phone batteries or an external charging device. Universal’s clogged cell data networks make a habit of sapping the life from your phone, so be prepared with extra battery options.
  • Rain ponchos (if necessary). California is currently experiencing a record-breaking drought, so rain is fairly uncommon. That said, when it rains, it pours. Bringing your own ponchos will save you time, money, and drenched clothing.
  • Band-aids, antibiotic cream, painkillers. You never know when a cut, bruise, blister or headache might pop up, so be prepared.
  • Travel-sized hand sanitizer. Universal offers hand sanitizer stations throughout the park’s restrooms and restaurants, but it doesn’t hurt to have a personal pack to apply after you get off Revenge of the Mummy.
  • Motion sickness medication (if necessary). If you sometimes experience motion sickness, come prepared: Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride, and Transformers: The Ride 3D are all known to cause motion sickness.
  • Comb or hair brush. A major splash on Jurassic Park: The Ride could mess up your hair, ruining any photo opportunities for the rest of the day.
  • Waterproof zip-loc bags. These are great for protecting fragile possessions or items sensitive to water.
  • Snacks! Travel-sized snack packages, fruits, and plastic bottled drinks are all permissible to pass through security.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Universal Studios Hollywood requires a lot of walking, so leave the dress shoes at home. Keep in mind your shoes may get wet on Jurassic Park: The Ride and sprayed on other attractions.
  • Flip Flops. If you plan on playing in any of the park’s water features, expect your footwear to get soaked. Bring an extra pair of flip flops to avoid ruining your shoes.
  • Clothes that can get wet. Many Universal attractions spray water on guests, so don’t wear anything that can’t get a bit wet.
  • Sunglasses. Protect your eyes on some of Los Angeles’s sunnier days.
  • Spending money! Bring some extra cash or a credit/debit card to purchase food, beverages and merchandise inside the park. Some families like to budget by using a prepaid card or by only spending cash procured at the beginning of the day. If you need more cash, an ATM is available (with a fee) in front of Cartooniversal.

Entrance to Universal Security Screenings.

What NOT to Pack

  • Alcoholic beverages. Universal Studios Hollywood and Citywalk offer alcoholic beverages available for purchase, but you cannot bring in any of your own.
  • Illegal or unmarked drugs. This should go without saying, but Universal Security is on the lookout for illegal or unlawful substances as well as unmarked prescription pill bottles. Make sure any drugs you bring are prescribed for you and clearly marked as such. Note that Universal Studios does not allow the smoking of medicinal marijuana on its property.
  • Weapons or sharp objects. Again, this should go without saying; Universal does not allow firearms or other weapons on its property, even with proper permitting. Any pocketknives, scissors, or other sharp objects should be left in the car or ideally at the hotel/home.
  • Full meals. Universal will allow snacks, fruits, and bottled drinks, but they won’t allow full meals through the security checkpoint. There tends to be some wiggle room on things like lunchmeat sandwiches, but use your best judgment and plan on having at least one meal inside the park.