Are you planning a fun family outing to an animal sanctuary? If so, you may be wondering what to bring with you to ensure a fun time. In our latest blog, we go over things to pack for a trip to the animal sanctuary. Read along to find out!


Staying hydrated adequately is the key to ensuring your family has a great time at the animal sanctuary. Having each member of your family bring their own refillable water bottle is a great way to ensure that there will be enough water for everyone. Popping a few ice cubes in the water bottles before leaving will leave your water pleasantly nice and cool. Who doesn’t love that during a nice warm day spent outside? Avoid overheating or heatstroke by staying hydrated. Be sure to remind your kids to drink up during your visit, as often they’ll forget to do so on their own.


While some animal sanctuary tours provide snacks and meals during visits, it’s always helpful to bring some just in case. Nothing screams a child is having fun than a child asking for a snack. With all the walking and fun involved, it’s easy to work up an appetite while touring an animal sanctuary. Packing a small lunch kit for your kids to carry is a great way to ensure your kids have something to snack on when hunger strikes. Crackers, pretzels, peanut butter packs, fruits, or veggie strips make for a great snacking. They’re healthy and easy to pack, and kids love them.


A long day out in the sun calls for sunscreen. Protect your family with a healthy dosage of sunscreen. Applying sunscreen before leaving the house will ensure that the sunscreen has kicked in by the time you reach the animal sanctuary. Carrying a small travel-sized sunscreen will allow you to stay stocked but keep your load light. A helpful tip will be to set a timer so you can remember to reapply once the 2-hour mark is up.

Mini First Aid Kits

While a reputable animal sanctuary will have all the safety precautions in place, accidents happen. Packing a mini first aid kit with all your essentials can help address any minor accidents and have your kid back in all the action. It is improbable that you’ll need it, but it’s always better to be prepared.

What to Pack for a Trip Animal Sanctuary

Sanitizer and Cleansing Wipes

As you know, kids have a way of getting as dirty as possible in any given situation. Visiting an animal sanctuary is no different. If anything, it’s a greater opportunity to get as dirty as possible. While we love it as it means that the kids are having a great time, packing sanitizers and cleansing wipes is a great way to minimize the mess. Nothing beats the convenience of having sanitizers and cleansing wipes on hand for quick clean-ups.

Animal Sanctuary in San Diego County

Nothing beats a trip to an animal sanctuary with your family. It’s a fun and educational experience that everyone in your family can enjoy. To ensure your family has a great time, it’s essential to know what to pack for your trip. We hope our blog on what to pack for a trip to an animal sanctuary comes in handy for your next trip. If you’re looking for a grand ol’ time, visit San Diego County’s best animal sanctuary, Children’s Nature Retreat. Book your visit today by calling (619) 320-4942 or by visiting our website.