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Great Wolf Lodge Packing List

Are you planning a trip to one of the sixteen locations of the Great Wolf Lodge? They are so much fun to visit, and kids absolutely love them. It can be an intimidating trip, however, because they are all such big hotels, and you won’t want to leave to shop for things that you’ve forgotten. A little advance planning definitely goes a long way.

If you are planning to visit, you may be wondering what to bring to the Great Wolf Lodge. Because it’s always challenging to pack for a new place that you haven’t visited before, this Great Wolf Lodge packing list can help.

You may, for instance, be wondering if Great Wolf Lodge towels are provided, or if you need to bring your own food to the Great Wolf Lodge. Based upon our experience visiting several Great Wolf Lodge locations, we’ve developed some tips on what to bring with you on your trip.

Keep in mind that the resorts do have stores on property, so if you forget something, you may be able to purchase it there. You may also want to read our guide to visiting the Great Wolf Lodge, which provides additional information about how to prepare for your vacation.

Here is our Great Wolf Lodge packing list. If we forgot something, or you have a suggestion of something to add, leave us a comment! We’ll update this post as we get feedback on things to include.

Great Wolf Lodge packing list including towels, beach bags, and more, for those wondering what to bring.

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Great Wolf Lodge Packing List

Rooms at the Great Wolf Lodge are a nice size, so you’ll have plenty of space to store your bags and belongings. When I drive to a destination, I tend to bring more than I need, just because I can. You may want to do the same. In addition to your suitcases, you’ll probably want to bring a beach/pool bag that you can carry to the water park.

Bathing Suits (bring two per person if you plan to visit the park more than once. No one likes getting in a wet bathing suit)

Water shoes for the water park

Regular clothes for each day (casual clothes are fine unless you plan to visit a more upscale place outside the resort). If you plan to spend much of your time at the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park, you may be able to re-wear clothes since you’ll be in your bathing suit for much of the day.


Regular shoes for daily wear


Toiletries (rooms include hair dryers). You may want to bring extra conditioner if you need extra conditioning after being in a pool for a while.

Entertainment for the kids in the room (books, electronics, etc)

Personal electronics and chargers (this is my favorite portable charger)

Baby supplies (if traveling with a baby)

Sneakers/Closed-toe shoes for the ropes course (not at every location)

Large beach towels (The Great Wolf Lodge does provide towels in the water park, but you aren’t able to bring them to your room)

Cover ups (to go back and forth to your room)

A beach bag to fill with your stuff

Goggles for the pools

Snacks (there is food available at the Great Wolf Lodge, but it’s a good idea to have snacks anyway)

Glitter tattoos if your kids want them (some of the resorts sell them, but you may want to bring your own to save money)

Beverages that you may not want to purchase at the Great Wolf Lodge

MagiQuest wands if you already have them – otherwise you can purchase them at the Great Wolf Lodge

Workout clothes (for the gym)

A wet bag to carry your wet bathing suits home

Great Wolf Lodge packing list including towels, beach bags, and more, for those wondering what to bring.

Things You May Do at the Great Wolf Lodge

All of the Great Wolf Lodge resorts offer loads of things to do for families. Although entry to the water parks are included with your room stay, lots of things, like the spa, arcade, MagiQuest, stuffed animals, and bowling, are an additional fee.

Be prepared before you go so that you know exactly what your budget is and how much you are willing to spend.

There’s also the opportunity to purchase a Paw Pass, which can help you save money. The passes vary by location, but may include things like MagiQuest games and standard wands, ice cream, game cards for the arcade, and a Creation Station stuffed animal.

Prices are different for the Paw Passes at each Great Wolf Lodge location because different activities and merchandise are included.

Also know that while there are some restaurants right in the property, you may want to go outside if you are staying more than one night. We typically bring some breakfast bars for our breakfast, because we don’t like eating a big meal early.

Check out our reviews of the Great Wolf Lodge Pennsylvania and the Great Wolf Lodge New England.

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Susan Easterday

Friday 17th of February 2017

Jodi, We have taken several trips to the GWL - Cincinnati and loved it. Our most recent was last October. My suggestion--along the snack line--is breakfast. If you want to go with affordable and quick, then grabbing some fruit, pop tarts and maybe cereal for breakfast will get you in the water park earlier. There is always a fridge and a nice big counter to store your food, if necessary. Your other options are the buffet, which may not be worth it with young kids or the Dunkin' Donuts. I waited a minimum of 25 minutes several mornings to get my coffee fix there.

Jodi Grundig

Monday 20th of February 2017

Great tips! Bringing breakfast is a great idea.

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