(or What to Pack in Your Baseball Mom Bag)
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As Baseball Moms, we have to bring a lot of ‘essentials’ to a game. Whether we’re sitting on the sidelines for an hour and a half rec game, or a full day (and sometimes night!) tournament, we need quite a few things to keep ourselves, and our families, comfortable.
Have you ever struggled with knowing exactly what to bring to a baseball game? Packing your ‘Baseball Mom Bag’ requires so many considerations – – the weather, the number of games, whether its a game or tournament, how far away you are from home. You don’t want to under pack (you’ll regret it) but you also don’t want to over pack (again, you’ll regret it). So what are the ‘Baseball Mom Essentials’ you should always pack?
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What to Bring to a Baseball Game
I solved this problem by coming up with a list of ‘Baseball Mom Essentials‘ that I always bring to baseball games. Check out the list here. I keep my bag fully stocked with the ‘Essentials’ so that when I’m running late to a game (as I usually am) I don’t have to stop to wonder if I have lip balm or or a hat. I just throw in my cell phone, wallet, and keys, and I’m ready to go.
If you’ve ever wondered what you need to bring to a baseball game, wonder no more. Print out the checklist, keep it by your Baseball Mom Bag, and stock and replenish as needed. You’ll be prepared with the essentials that will keep you and your family comfortable while you’re cheering on your MVP.
Need specific recommendations? Here are a few of my most used, and most loved ‘essentials’ that I stock in my Baseball Mom bag.
Even if your Baseball Mom Bag has a ton of pockets, these bags are my single best organization tip. These inexpensive little zip up containers are like mini packing cubes for your Baseball Mom bag. Perfect for packing sunscreens, lip balm, first aid items, extra socks…the possibilities are endless. If you don’t have a lot of interior or exterior pockets in your bag, these handy little zip up cases keep tiny items from rolling around in the bottom of your bag.
I LOVE this umbrella. I have one in my car, my work bag, and, of course, one in my Baseball Mom bag. It is compact and lightweight, and small enough to fit into any bag, whether your bag is a large tote or a backpack. The material is not only waterproof but has a UPF of 50+ for when you need additional sun protection. It’s also engineered to be windproof, which comes in handy on those rainy, windy days when you’re sitting on the sidelines. This umbrella helps make less-than-ideal-weather a little more tolerable.
Mini First Aid Kit
While I keep a bigger First Aid Kit in my car (which is a good idea irregardless of whether or not your kids play sports), I also have a Mini First Aid Kit in my bag. It’s handy when you get a little cut or scrape and don’t have the time to walk all the way back to the car. My mini first aid kit contains band aids, alcohol wipes, tweezers, mini packs of ibuprofen, and a pair of nail clippers. If you’ve ever had a kid tear a finger or toe nail during a game, then you know why the nail clippers are important! It’s hard to put your hand in a batting glove, or foot back into cleats, when you have a rip in your nail.
If you don’t want to build your own first aid kit, these ready made kits are a good option. The kit is pretty basic, but it will address minor cuts with included hand cleansing wipes, gauze pads and two sizes of Band-Aids.
A portable charger is one of those essentials that I can’t live without, especially for long tournaments. I like to have my phone charged fully, especially since I’m usually watching one son’s game, while simultaneously monitoring our other son’s game on GameChanger. Add into that the videos and photos I want to take, plus a little mindless social media scrolling in between games, and you can see why I need a portable battery charger.
This Anker Powercore 10000 Portable Charger is light, compact, and charges quickly. According to the official product description, it stores enough power to charge three-and-a-half iPhone 8 charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S8 charges. The portable charger comes with a Micro USB cable, so you will need to make sure you have a USB-C and Lightening cable if you will be charging an iPhone or iPad.
I always keep the Adidas Women’s Saturday Cap in my bag. It’s 100% cotton so it ‘breathes’ and keeps your head cool even when wearing for hours. It has a moisture wicking sweatband and a slider on back for adjusting the size. The adjustable slider feature means that you can wear a ponytail, aka the official hairstyle of Baseball Moms everywhere, with this cap.
This is the SPF 55 sunscreen I wear year round, and the one I stock in my bag. It’s oil free, fragrance free, and won’t cause breakouts. It’s extremely lightweight, has an almost water like texture, and applies easily without leaving behind white streaks.
Maybe its just me, but I think having chapped lips is one of the worst feelings in the world. Having sunburned lips is a close second. A comfortable lip balm with SPF is an essential for those long days when your lips will be exposed to wind and sun. This Neutrogena Lip Balm is my favorite. It has SPF 20 and none of those weird ingredients that cause stinging or burning. The texture is comfortable and not waxy. I love it so much that I buy it in multi-packs and stock it in my kids’ bat bags.
Even if you don’t think you’re going to be cold, it’s always a good idea to bring a sweatshirt, just in case that day tournament extends into the night for playoffs. The Under Armour Hustle sweatshirt is the sweatshirt I always stock in my Baseball Mom bag. I love the Hustle because it’s 100% Cotton, so there’s no static when you pull it over your head. It’s warm, soft, and has has a lined hood with draw cords so I can pull it around my face if I get really cold. Plus it has kangaroo pockets so I can stuff my hands in to keep them warm. If you haven’t tried a Hustle sweatshirt yet, I can’t recommend it enough!
Whether it’s going to be 40 degrees, or 100 degrees, I always bring a blanket. A waterproof, windproof, easy to wash blanket. You can cover with it, sit on it, use it as a picnic blanket, make a tent for younger kids with it. My sons love to rest on it between games during long tournaments.
This is the ultimate waterproof blanket for Baseball moms. It’s made of polar fleece for insulation, and the ripstop polyester and polyurethane coating make it both windproof and waterproof.
It’s compact, packable, lightweight, and extremely durable. If your Baseball Mom bag is extremely overloaded, there is a handle on the carrying bag. At 79″ x 58”, this large outdoor blanket has plenty of room for 3 or more people to sit on it.
A reusable water bottle that will last for an entire hot day is a must. I’ve had my 25 oz S’well bottle for over 5 years, and I still love it as much as the day I originally got it. It has a wide mouth for adding ice, and keeps drinks cold for an unbelievable 48 hours. The stainless steel interior doesn’t add taste to your water, like plastic sometimes can. Because of the triple insulation, it won’t sweat condensation and get everything in your bag wet. This beautiful S’well bottle has prevented me from using hundreds of disposable, one time use plastic water bottles over the years.
These are the Wet Wipes I stock in my Baseball Mom bag. The Antibacterial Skin Formula kills 99.99% of germs, is hypoallergenic, and is enriched with skin-conditioning aloe. Perfect for cleaning hands after using a Porta Potty, or even a regular ball field bathroom (that inevitably runs low on soap and paper towels at the end of a busy tournament weekend)
Packing your ‘Baseball Mom Bag’ requires so many considerations – – the weather, the number of games, whether its a game or tournament, how far away you are from home. You don’t want to under pack, but you also don’t want to over pack. These ‘Baseball Mom Essentials‘ are the items that will you and your family happy and comfortable .
We’ve created an essential Checklist for Baseball Moms – What to Bring to a Baseball Game. It lists all the Baseball Mom Essentials you need to bring to keep you and your family happy and comfortable while spending a day (or night) on the sidelines. Download the Checklist here.
Still looking for your ideal Baseball Mom bag? Check out our recent post, 5 Top Picks for Baseball Mom Bags.