So your kid has joined a competitive sports team and will be traveling for tournaments and you don’t have a clue as to what to do. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you. We are wrapping up our final tournament of the summer season and there are a few things I learned you need to survive a weekend of back to back games.
I am going to warn you. The list is long. And you won’t need every single thing for every single game. But any good sports’ mom will have the following at her disposal.
This list is every evolving! Each game and tournament, I think of something new that I could add. Sometimes I feel a little bit like Mary Poppins because I seem to anything and everything we could possibly need. Or maybe I am like Boy Scouts and I am always prepared. Whatever you want to call me, I have gotten us out of a pickle or two with my stocked bag!
Whether you need to keep your legs warm or are looking for something to sit on while you eat your picnic lunch, blankets come in handy.
Tip: Spray your players hat to keep them away from them on the field!
Take lots of pictures! You will cherish them forever!
Mount your camera on the fence and capture all of the great plays during the game.
You never know if the field you show up to will have bleachers or enough seating. Bring your own chair for comfort!
Nothing kills your back more than the bleachers! A stadium chair will help you out.
Keep your player cool by giving them some shade between games.
A rolling cooler is the perfect way to keep drinks and food cold during a tournament.
You can run out of water quickly, especially on hot days!
Hand sanitizer is your best friend when you have to use Porta Potties at a tournament!
Cooling towels are a must during summer tournaments.
The last think you want to do is have your phone die in the middle of a game!
Unexpected rain shower? Be prepared with a rain poncho!
I always keep an extra pair of sunglasses in my bag! You never know when you might lose or break a pair.
Load everyone up with sunscreen multiple times throughout the tournament!
Aloe Soothing Gel
And in case you did forget the sunscreen, aloe will be your best friend!
Extra Toilet Paper
Porta Potties are a busy place during a tournament. Its a good idea to keep a spare roll in case they run out!
Stay out of the rain or out of the sun with this umbrella!
You are going to need a wagon to carry all of your essentials to the field!
Handheld Water-misting Fan
Keep cool on a hot day!
Easton 2018 USA Baseball 2 1/4 S250 Youth Baseball Bat -10
Make sure you bats are compliant with tournament rules.
You have no idea how many times we have left the house without a glove!
Keep all of your gear together in a bat bag.
If you want to be really prepared, keep a spare in your parent bag.
Make sure your catcher has all the gear he or she needs!
You may not be able to play without a cup!
Sweaty socks can be uncomfortable to play in! Keep an extra pair in their bag to switch out of.
Give your feet a break from cleats with slides.
Sunflower Seeds and Baseball go hand in hand!
You can never have too many water bottles! They always seem to disappear!