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June 10, 2019

Sports Mom Survival Kit: Packing the Little League Essentials

June 10, 2019

If you're a sports mom, you've been there at least once, or twice, you pull up to your kid's soccer or baseball practice only to find you've forgotten to pack something necessary.

Most of the time it's not a big deal. But every once in a while you forget something major like the ball or cleats.

Well, the old adage, "Preparation precedes power," - Gordon B. Hinckley, is still true, especially for sports moms. That's why having an all-in-one bag with all your possible needs and essentials already packed is key to surviving (and enjoying) baseball season.

Here are a few essential must-pack items to have already in your sports survival kit so you don't have to remember to pack them every time.

Sports Mom Survival Kit Items

In your sports mom survival kit, you should include everything you might need. Even items like bandaids that you may only use on rare occasions are important to feeling totally prepared.

Items like snacks and drinks will have to be replenished regularly. However, once your kit is assembled, your ability to leave in a hurry and not worry will be enhanced.

1. First Aid

As we said, first aid kits are a must for sports mom kits. You can't always depend on a coach, umpire, or safety officials, to be prepared.

People are human and they forget or they run out of necessary items.

It always pays to be prepared with items like:

  • Cold packs
  • Bandaids
  • Antiseptic
  • Bug spray
  • Tissues/Wipes
  • Sunscreen

You get the idea. If you want to go ultra sports mom and be super prepared you can even throw in gauze, medical tape, and other items. When in doubt, better to have it than be ill prepared.

2. Energy Boosters a.k.a. FOOD

If you're a mom of teenagers you already know that a huge portion of your monthly budget is going to feed the insatiable beast: your kids. Sports practice is no different. In fact, your kids are working up an even greater hunger while they're out there on the field.

This is why having an extra snack, (or ten), in your survival kit is a staple.

Still, the type of snack you choose for your survival kit is important. If you plan on leaving your kit in the trunk of your car for easy access, or you're simply spending hours on the sideline in the hot sun, chocolate snacks are probably not the best idea.

Good sports practice snack ideas can include:

  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Dried fruit
  • Crackers
  • Gatorade
  • Fruit *

*Fruit is a healthy snack and always a good option for giving your little athlete an extra boost of energy.

However, some fruits fair better than others when placed in a sports survival kit. Just think about it, if you throw bananas or a bag of strawberries in along with your kid's cleats and baseballs, they aren't going to survive as well as a bag of apples or oranges.

Whatever snack items you choose to pack for your kiddos, be sure to either pack a lot or replenish them regularly. Nobody likes dealing with hangry kids on the drive home.

3. Comfort Items

Huh? We don't mean bring your kid's favorite stuffed animal. We mean for you. You're the awesome, supportive momma sitting on the sidelines for hours while your kid runs conditioning drills. You need to be comfy!

So, when you're packing your sports mom survival kit, don't forget the following comfort items:

  • Towels or bleacher cushions
  • A blanket (fall ball gets chilly)
  • Lawn or camping chairs
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • A book...? Don't judge.
  • A tent or canopy
  • A camera

We realize not all of these items will be necessary. Just pick and choose those that will best meet your needs and the location of your child's practice/games.

We also threw a camera in this list because you're going to feel mighty uncomfortable if your child asks you, "Did you get a picture of my home run hit?" and you forgot the camera... Yea, camera=definite "comfort" item.

4. Water

Wait, why is "water" an entire point of its own? Because it cannot be overemphasized. Aside from the ball and bat, it may be the top most essential thing your child needs for baseball.

Rarely will you find you've packed too much water.

We recommend bringing it in different forms. You can pack a few disposable water bottles to be easily consumed or shared. It's also wise to include one or two plastic or aluminum water bottles that can be refilled if emptied or if you simply didn't have time to fill them before leaving the house.

Along with the water itself, it's a good idea to pack ice or some other means of keeping the water cool.

Do this by bringing along an actual cooler, or simply opt for something like a Thermo flask to keep your water cold. A cold drink is always preferable to hot or even lukewarm.

5. The Gear

You're thinking, "duh." But honestly, sometimes the thing you're most apt to forget is the most obvious. Like socks.

So when you're packing your survival kit, don't forget:

  • Shoes/cleats
  • Gloves
  • Balls
  • Bats
  • Socks
  • Mouthguards
  • Helmets
  • Mits

You know what to do.

6. Miscellaneous

To be totally prepared, there are always going to be those little miscellaneous items that just don't fit into any one category.

Things like extra hair ties, an umbrella, and pen and paper. Just about anything you think you, your kid, or their teammates might need come game time.

One of our favorite miscellaneous items to be sure to include is a game, book, or toy if you have other children joining you as supporters on the sideline. Can't forget to pack for everyone!

Becoming a Fun Sports Mom

Know that you are ready to become the most prepared sports mom with this complete survival kit, it's time to step up your "fun sports mom" game.

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