Sports are always exciting to watch, especially if you know someone on the team. Getting your child ready for their sports game can take a lot of effort so you must plan ahead. Determining what things to pack with you depends on the type of game you are attending, but there are basics you should pack regardless. What you pack for the game will ultimately affect the experience you and your child has.
Most parents enjoy having their child play sports as it strengthens team effort and goal setting. You want to know what time is the right time to introduce your child to sports. Start when they are ready to help them adjust to physically demanding activity. Whether it is a baseball game or a hockey match, you want to have a list of items you need to pack for the game. From GPS to the game to the snacks you provide for your child should be thought about ahead of time to save time and limit stress.
1. Foldable seats/chairs
Foldable chairs and bleacher seats are important to bring to sports games. Sitting on bleachers for extended periods of time can make your body uncomfortable and wreck your posture. Finding bleacher seats and cushions are ideal for football games, basketball games, and other games that require you to sit on bleachers.
For the time bleachers aren’t particularly available, you should always have foldable chairs ready for use. Some people even keep them in their vehicles to always have them on hand. You want to be comfortable enough to enjoy the game and having to stand for extended periods of time can put a strain on your body and cause you to miss out on the enjoyment of the game.
2. Hand fan
Hand fans are ideal for outdoor sports. Football and baseball games all take place in the fall, but they both have moments where it could get warm sitting in the sun. You want to be able to cool yourself down when you need and hand fans are perfect for that. Having fast relief from the sun’s beaming rays can improve your experience at your child’s game.
For the days you and your child will spend in the sun, you want to be prepared with sunscreen. Sunscreen should be a requirement for parents to pack in their game bags. You want your child to be protected from the sun while they play the game and you want to feel safe against sunburn while sitting and watching them play. It is very easy to get burned during sports games and even getting bit by mosquitos is prominent. Keep a bug repellant supply on hand to help with bug bites and annoying buzzing.
Umbrellas are always great to have on hand or in your car when going anywhere. You should be prepared and pack an umbrella for the game in case of rain or sunny days. This item is one of the basic items you must pack when going to a child’s game.
Snacks are more important than you think. You will be sitting for a few hours at most and you want to be able to snack if you get hungry. Packing your own snack is an efficient way to save money and eat healthier. The concession stands at sports games can be unreasonably priced so packing a few bags filled with healthy snacks is ideal for your game bag. Here is a list of some great snacks to pack:
- Apple slices
- Granola bars
- And more
This is also great for the families that have multiple children and need to keep them occupied and healthy. You also want to fuel your child before or after their game so having beneficial foods for them is a must as well.
6. Hydrating beverages
You want to remain hydrated and keep your athlete hydrated as well. Make sure to pack plenty of water and revitalising beverages for the game. That means cooled water, Gatorade or Powerade, or fruit juice. Try to stay away from sodas and carbonated drinks. You want to quench your thirst but also not re-dehydrate yourself. Water is always the best beverage for watching a game and for players playing the game.
Cash is something you should always have on you, but when it comes to sports games, having cash on you will be lifesaving. You don’t want to go through the trouble of finding a nearby ATM to withdraw money for the game. Having it on hand is beneficial for an unexpected moment or for concession food. Being prepared financially is a great way to be a responsible parent at a sports game.
Coolers are ideal if you intend on bringing cold beverages and snacks that need to be chilled. If you don’t want to lug around a large cooler you can always get an insulated bag to keep your snacks and drinks in. Having a cooler is beneficial as it acts as a seat and a cooling system. Though some parks have bans on coolers, whenever you can bring one, you should. This will also save you money on the costs of concession food.
If you plan on capturing the team and your child during the game, you should bring your camera or video camera along. This is a great item for making memories and capturing them. If you are using a DSLR camera it will be easy to capture your child in action. You can even utilise your phone camera and get quality photos with the new technology we have access to.
10. First aid kit
First aid kits should be a requirement as well. You want to be ready for when an accident happens at the game. Whether your child hurts themselves or someone else’s, its always good to have first aid available. You never know what could happen and there could be an incident that causes your child to get cuts and abrasions. Make sure that your kit is full and has all the accurate components. First aid kits are usually made up of Band-Aids, gauze, ibuprofen, paracetamol, hydrogen peroxide and more. Some parents even go the extra mile and pack a bag of ice for accidents.
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