Are you finding yourself shuffling kids to and from sports practices and sitting on the sidelines for long periods of time in the elements? Whether it’s your first season of kids’ sports, or you’re a seasoned vet, this round up of sports mom must haves has something for everyone.
I tried to include both warm and cold weather gear. Whether your kids play multiple sports in multiple seasons, or just one long season, chances are you find yourself both freezing and sweating in the course of a season.
Sports Mom Must Haves
Hidden Pictures Activity Book
Insulated Water Bottle
Chair With Side Table
Stainless Steel Mug with Lid
Other Things to have on hand
Maybe this is the Enneagram 6 in me, but I always have these things in my bag too:
- Bandages or a small first aid kit: I know coaches usually have one, but it’s always a good idea to have extra
- Permanent marker: It seems like there is always a hat, water bottle, or piece of equipment that doesn’t have a name written on it. This is great to have on hand.
- A small multitool: Okay, hear me out on this. In softball, girls are required to have a cage on their helmets so they don’t get hit in the face. Umpires check the equipment before the game, and one time Isla’s helmet was pulled because the cage was loose. Literally every dad on the team was checking glove boxes in cars and using everything they could think of as a makeshift screwdriver. This is sort of an extreme case, but is definitely a possibility in sports that require more equipment like softball or baseball.
- Entertainment for the siblings: unless you have an only child or are lucky enough to have all your kids on one team, chances are you’ll have a little sidekick with you to entertain. I like to keep random toys or sticker books in my bag to entertain. The toys always stay in my bag so they’re the “special” toys for out at the field. It doesn’t always work, but it helps maintain some interest.
- Kleenex: a lifesaver, especially during allergy seasons
- Hand sanitizer: will this ever not be in a bag in a post pandemic world?
- Blanket: I usually keep an older, easy to wash blanket in the back of the car. With outdoor sports, you never really know what the weather can bring!
If you’re anything like us, watching kids’ sports isn’t your first choice for how to spend your Saturdays, but you’re happy to do it to foster your kids’ interests. If there are a few things you can buy to make shlepping gear and sitting on the sidelines in the elements a little less tolerable, then it’s worth it.
Looking for more Sports Mom content? Check out Episode 75 of Okayest Moms: The Podcast- How to be an Okayest Sports Mom!
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