26 Must-Have Items for Every Sports Mom
Being a sports mom can be so much fun! And it can be so dang hectic! Have you ever been running late to a baseball game only to realize that it’s 102° outside and you didn’t even bring sunscreen or a drink of water? I have! Many times! I’m here to help you create your very own sports mom bag and give you my favorite sports mom hacks!
Hey sports mom, I’ve got you covered!
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Have a designated Sports Bag
My first piece of advice is to create a designated sports mom survival bag that you can keep in the car. That way you are fully prepared and ready to go for every sports game with all the car accessories you need, no matter how late you’re running!
You’d be surprised how much peace of mind it brings to know that you have most of your stuff already prepped and ready to go in the back of the car. So find a bag that you specifically set aside for the purpose of staying prepped and ready to go for all of your kid’s sports games. This is where I purchased my clear tote bag.
Quick Reference for Sports Mom Hacks and Supplies
Here is a quick reference list of essential things to keep in your bag that you take to all of your kid’s sports games. Of course, you’ll need to adjust the list according to what season it is and where their games are at. But here are my tried and true favorites that I swear by:
- Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (this is amazing for pumping up the kids before a game!)
- Connected Camp Chairs (so you don’t have to carry around so many chairs)
- Bleacher Seats
- Camp Zero Hard-sided insulated cooler (works incredibly well for keeping food cold for long games)
- Mr. Heater Outdoor Portable Heater
- Bladeless Neck Fan
- Lava Seat to keep your bum warm
- Pop-up Tent
- Small umbrella that attaches to your chair
- Chenille Patch Clear Snack Pouch to see exactly what you have
- Hair Ties
- Bucket Top Misting Fan
- Packable Down Blankets
- Waterproof blanket to sit on
- Insulated tumbler (to keep drinks warm or cold)
- Power Bank
- Mini First Aid Kit
- Bag for trash
- Small activities to keep other kids entertained
Must-Have Sports Mom Seating
I can’t stress how important it is to have great seating! You will be spending hours upon hours watching your kids play in their youth sports. So having great seating is one of the best ways for you to stay comfortable and happy, so you can focus on watching them play! Depending on if your kid is playing out on a field or inside a gym, will determine what type of seating you are going to need. If you have multiple settings that your kids play sports in, then you may need a couple of different types of chairs.
If you really want to be the cool mom, you REALLY need to bring this awesome Bluetooth Waterproof Outdoor Speaker to the games to help get the kids pumped up and ready to win! I see this more and more at games and tournaments and it really helps the kids to get hyped up and excited to compete.
We recently bought these camp chairs from Amazon and I’m so in love with them! They are much different than your typical camp chair other than the fact that they are connected!
My sister-in-law has a giant one that seats their family of six!
We have five people in our family but we don’t always attend every game at the same time. So I decided to buy a camp chair in a set of three, and in a set of two. That way we even have an extra seat for someone else if a grandparent comes to watch a game or something. I love these chairs because you don’t have to worry about packing five different chairs for every person in the family!
If you are watching games from bleachers such as with baseball, then bleacher seats are going to become your new best friend! Nothing is worse than sitting on those hard bleachers for hours on the end for a midsummer baseball tournament! And don’t skimp by getting just a seat cushion because your back will be killing you by the end of the game without any back support.
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Sports Mom Tips to Keep Cool
My next sports mom hack just to make sure that you have plenty of options for sun protection! The type of sun protection that you use will depend on how many people are attending the games. If you have a whole family coming to watch your child play, then it may be beneficial to bring up an entire pop-up tent.
But typically for our family of five (when one person is playing), my favorite thing to bring is our SportBrella! I love how compact it is and how easy it is to set up and takedown. They also have these handy air vents that you can unzip that will let in more breeze for those hot days.
Sometimes all the shade in the world won’t help on those super hot summer game days. But having a personal neck fan definitely does!
I love how this one is rechargeable and I can use it again and again without having to worry about how many batteries it is using. It’s also bladeless so you don’t have to worry about it getting caught in your hair!
Sunscreen is also super important! I can tell you how many days I’ve shown up to a summer game wishing that I had brought my sunscreen with me! If you keep sunscreen in your sports mom bag, then you’re never going to have to worry about sunburns again!
Another great item to have in your sports mom bags is a few hair ties! Nothing’s worse than watching a baseball game in the heat of the day with your hair down! Do yourself a favor and pack a few hair ties to help keep your hair off your back!
One last item that I wanted to mention is a bucket top misting fan! This is not something that I personally own but it’s definitely something that I wish I did! From what I understand, all you do is put ice water in a 5-gallon bucket, put the misting fan on top of the bucket, and turn it on!
What an incredible way to keep cool during those hot summer games!
I love having a hard sided, insulated cooler with me to take to games. It keeps drinks cold super well and is extra handy if you are in charge of bringing treats for the team!
I love my Camp Zero cooler…it works so well! It isn’t too big (they have lots of sizes to choose from) and it has a super fun and unique pattern that I’ve never seen anywhere else!
TO KEEP YOU COOL
Sports Mom’s Tips to Keep Warm
Those spring and fall games definitely bring some relief in the way of getting a break from the heat, but with that also comes chilly temperatures! What’s more fun than watching a football game wrapped up in your favorite blanket while drinking some hot chocolate!? I definitely have some favorite products that I use when it comes to staying warm at my kids’ sports games.
There are tons of blanket options out there but why not use a customized blanket to keep warm and show your team spirit at the same time?
I’m completely obsessed (and so are my lacrosse boys) with this velvety soft lacrosse blanket. The best part is that it comes in tons of different sports options to choose from and you can customize your blanket to match your team colors!
My next favorite is to bring a blanket with a waterproof bottom. This is a great spot for the kids to sit when they are sitting on the sidelines watching their siblings. It gives them space all their own or they don’t have to be crawling all over your lap but you don’t have to worry about their pants getting wet!
Have you ever been to a game where it is absolutely frigid outside and you thought you were prepared with enough warm clothes but you just weren’t? I’ve been there way too many times and I can’t tell you how many times my Mr. Heater Portable Buddy has come in handy. I love how portable it is and how easy it is to carry around.
My other favorite thing is an insulated tumbler. This is the perfect option for keeping your hot chocolate warm during the entire game! I know insulated tumblers are super popular right now and for great reason. They are incredible at keeping your drinks cold when you want it kept cold, and hot when you want it hot!
I recently discovered these rechargable hand warmers and I’m completely obsessed! They work just as well as Hot Hands but I love how they can be recharged and they don’t any waste like Hot Hands do. The disadvantage is that you wouldn’t be able to slide any into your boots. But they work perfectly for cold hands!
I also keep a beanie on hand in the back of my car at all times. I have been caught at a cold game unprepared way too many times for me to keep it anywhere else. It’s super comfy and I am in love with the ‘Game Day’ logo so I can still feel like I am dressed up to supoort my kids.
I’ve seen lots of different ways to keep your heat seated throughout those cold games but my “Lava Buns” seat heater is my favorite! You can heat it up easily in the microwave and it will stay warm for hours! If your bum gets cold easily while sitting on those cold bleachers then these just may save your life!
TO KEEP YOU WARM
Portable Chargers For Your Sports Mom Bag
I can’t even tell you how many times I have gotten to one of my kid’s games only to realize that my phone battery is only at 3%! I get in a few pictures but always manage to miss taking video of some other greatest shots! Never be caught unprepared again with a low phone battery.
Having a power bank can come in handy not only during sports games but in emergencies! I recommend having a power bank, no matter the reason!
First Aid Supplies for Your Sports Mom Bag
Whether we like it or not, the sports field is definitely a place where injuries happen! Obviously you don’t want to be carrying around a giant first aid kit to every single sports game that your kids have. But having a few things on hand will go a surprisingly long way to help you feel prepared. And you’ll be very surprised at how often you use it!
Usually, when someone gets hurt, it tends to be my other kids that are playing with friends at the playground. So I tend to keep a few basic first supplies on hand.
These are the things that I keep in my mini first aid kit:
- Regular size Band-Aids
- Butterfly Band-Aids
- Alcohol prep pads
- Kids allergy medicine
- Wound Antiseptic (like Neosporin)
- Liquid bandaid (optional)
Bag for Trash
It is also helpful to keep small trash bags in your sports mom bag. Whether it’s rappers from the snacks you brought, or Band-Aid wrappers, or used tissues, you’ll never regret having a Ziploc bag on hand.
Food and Water Essentials for Your Sports Mom Bag
For some strange reason, my kids always get ridiculously hungry when we are at a game. Despite the fact that I usually had just fed them before we left! And they always get thirsty from running around and playing with their friends. That’s why I always make sure to keep some pre-packaged snacks and water on hand in my sports mom bag!
I love this clear Chenille Patch Pouch where I can see exactly what snacks I have plenty of and what snacks I need to stock up on. I also love that my kids don’t have to dig through the bag, they can see perfectly what’s inside when choosing something to eat.
You can also choose from a variety of pouch colors, patch colors, and even choose what your patch says!
Having the prepackaged snacks will allow you to keep your bag fully stocked without having to remember to refill it every game like you would have to with fresh produce.
Sports Mom Hacks for Keeping Other Kids Entertained
Whenever we go to watch one of my kid’s games, my other two kids end up getting bored at some point. If They are lucky enough to have some of their friends there, then my kids don’t get bored. But otherwise, it’s nice to have something small for them to do while they are at the game.
We usually bring a soccer ball or some sort of ball for them to play with on the sidelines. Another great idea is to have a notepad and paper for them to color, play tic tac toe or other small games that don’t require a lot of art supplies.
I hope this list has helped you get some ideas so you can get your own Sports Mom Bag put together so you are prepared for all of the sports games you attend!
When my boys played sports in high school they always carried a small first aid kit in their duffle bag. If any product was used, we replaced it right away so it will be ready for the practice/game. As an adult, my husband played softball, I always had a game bag that had a first aid kit and multiple instant ice packs, old guys get hurt more than kids! We also carried a bag of peas in the cooler to use for injuries since they tend to be bigger than the instant packs.
This is a fantastic idea! I have a first aid kit in my car but I don’t have it close by me, so I definitely need to get one that I can keep close by. Thanks for the tip Roxanne!