Are you gearing up for the next little league season, soccer team, or swim meet? No matter what sport your child is involved in, there’s a common theme when it comes to what parents need to bring with them for the day. Here are some of the must-have staples that your family needs to keep on hand, so that you’re always ready come game time.
Toilet Paper and Baby Wipes
It sounds gross…but how often have you gone to the baseball fields and found out that the port-o-potty was out of toilet paper, or that the single restroom on site isn’t kept stocked? Toilet paper is great for when your athlete needs to ‘go,’ but it also doubles as a tissue for runny noses (which are common in the cooler weather.) Baby wipes are great for fast clean ups after trips to the bathroom, before snacks, or wiping mud off of faces after someone has taken a tumble.
Mobile Homework Station
It happens every day, all around the country. You load everyone up to head to practice, only to find out that the one who is sitting on the sidelines left her stack of math homework sitting on the kitchen counter, miles away. Make your own homework kit, stocked with everything from pencils to tape, with a spot to carry everyone’s assignments. Once bed time rolls around, you’ll be glad that you did!
A Lined Blanket
Whether you want to fold it over for a padded surface on the cold metal bleachers, or need to set up an impromptu picnic on the sidelines, every parent needs a blanket in the back of their car for sporting events. The waterproof lining will keep ground moisture from soaking through and getting to clothes or food.
Ok, yes, you can use them to stay warm, too!
A Shady Place to Sit
If there’s one thing that’s for sure, your trips to the soccer field are bound to mean some time in the sun (or even the rain, in some cases.) Holding an umbrella can get really old, especially when you’re trying to take pictures or sip on your cup of coffee. This foldable canvas chair isn’t your typical camping or soccer seat…it has a built-in canopy, keeping you shaded and your face sunburn-free. There’s even a side pocket for you to store your smart phone.
If your child is playing an outdoor sport, you need to be sure to bring sunscreen. Even if it’s overcast outside or your child has a darker complexion that’s not prone to burns, sun protection is a must. Opt for a children’s blend, which reduces irritation or tearing if it accidentally gets rubbed in the eyes.
Snacks, Snacks, and More Snacks
How many times have your kids said, “Mom, I’m hungry” this week? You’ve probably lost count. Being at a sporting activity means your crew will be burning more calories and working up a bigger appetite than usual. Stick to healthy snacks for your kids to choose from, so that they won’t be inclined to chow down on junk-food due to convenience’s sake. Things like nuts, fruits, and pretzels are easy to store in small zip-top bags for easy handling.
Extra Pairs of Clothes and Shoes
You never know when sports are going to get messy…literally. Mud, sports drinks, and even sometimes blood are normal to see on uniforms after a game. That’s not to mention all of the sweat that soaked in with the running back and forth. If you want to run errands or stop by a friend’s house on the way home after the game, it’s convenient to have something clean for your child (or you) to change into.