20 Essentials to Pack for Tournaments- Always be ready to hit the road for a travel or local sports tournament with this checklist of 20 essentials you just can’t forget to pack. Whether it’s baseball, softball, football, soccer, or something else, this list will help you remember all of the important items that are easily forgotten!
When my son played rec baseball packing for games was a piece of cake. All of my game gear lived in the trunk, I just slapped some sunscreen on the fam and headed to the field. Now that he plays on a travel team, packing for games is a whole new adventure. Every weekend, several days at a time, we’re in another city, and occasionally in another state. It’s not unusual to spend days at a field in a strange town, and nights in a hotel room. Sure, I pack all of the necessary basics, but I have been known to forget several important items, and having to make a stop at the local big box store isn’t exactly my idea of a fun trip. It took several tournament weekends to get my baseball packing just right.
If you’re a travel ball mom, or if your older child is playing at college showcases, you will likely be spending many days on the road this summer. Make sure to include these essentials in your bag!
20 Essentials to Pack for Travel Tournaments
For the Games:
While many tournament rules do not allow coolers on the fields, you should be able to keep one in your car. Fill it with ice and keep your drinks and snacks cool. If coolers are allowed then a good one with wheels is great.
Summers can be hot and humid and that means bugs! Protect your family with a good repellent.
3. Lip Balm
My son always gets chapped lips in the hot sun, having a tube of lip balm in his bat bag is a must to keep him comfortable.
An easy to apply spray bottle in your child’s bat bag, another for you.
One for each person not playing. Bleachers are not your friends, your back will thank me later.
This is crucial for hot days, or rainy days! Keep cool and dry under an easy to put up canopy and come back and if you have extra space, share with another family!
Parking fees, entry fees, and concessions, many of these are cash only! Take some cash to avoid a trip to the ATM.
The bathrooms could be too far away, lines may be too long, they could be out of soap, or all of the above.
The kid’s version and some for the grown-ups too.
Keep several wet rags in a baggie in your cooler for the sweltering hot days. Your players, their teammates, and even the other parents will be so grateful.
11. Extra Resealable Baggies
Fill with ice from your cooler in case of injuries.
Also in case of injuries!
13. Entertainment for Younger Siblings (iTunes )
This is not the time to enforce your electronic device ban, give them the iPad, iPod or whatever it takes to keep them busy while their big brother plays a 2 hour game.
Will you be gone longer than overnight? Include a small bottle of detergent and stain treatment to keep those uniforms clean. cleaning them uniforms!! If you don’t have a washer at your hotel, liquid detergent is important to wash in the sink.
15. Wire Hangers
You may need to air dry the uniforms, typically the hangers at the hotel don’t measure up.
16. Slippers or Flip-Flops
Hotel room floors may or may not be the cleanest, keep your tootsies free from germs!
17. Lots of Books
Magazines or books. There will be down time, keep yourself busy!
18. Apple TV or iPad with Streaming Service
Hotel T.V. can be downright bad!
19. A Large Tote
It sounds like a given, but I have actually forgotten to take a baseball bag to tournaments when traveling. A nice large tote can hold your wallet, keys, sunglasses, etc., plus several water bottles, extra undershirts for your player and so much more. Don’t forget this!
20. Portable Wagon
Well where are you going to carry all of the above? A collapsible wagon is a lifesaver, in a pinch it can even hold a young whining sibling! Just kidding-sort of.
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Barbara is the mom behind the blog. She began writing in 2012 as the creator of Hello Life, a craft & lifestyle blog. As life evolved, and her kids became more involved in sports, she aimed to create a site that would resonate with moms like her, and in 2017 Modern Sports Mom was born. Like many of today’s mamas, she loves being creative, cooking, and fashion, and when there are a few minutes to spare, a good book. A baseball and football mom, she is fueled by her strong faith, dedication to her family, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee! Barbara lives in California with her husband, kids, dog, and cat.