What to Pack in a Bat Bag (besides a Bat)
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A good bat bag is an important piece of gear for any baseball player. Not only does it need to be large enough to carry your bat, helmet, and other important gear, but it has to be sturdy and roomy enough to hold everything else your player needs in the dugout during a game or tournament.
Here are our two favorite bat bags, plus a few extra items help to keep your kids comfortable in the dugout, no matter the weather.
Recommended Bat Bags
If you need a bat bag recommendation, here are two we recommend.
Kids 12 and up: If your older kid has multiple bats and a lot of gear to carry around, the Boombah Superpack Bat Pack is perfect. It is HUGE, holds 4 bats, and is well constructed and durable enough to prevent rips and tears. The central compartment has tons of room for a batting helmet. It also has separate compartments that can be used batting gloves, cell phone, wallet, slides, or comfort gear.
My favorite feature is the separate vented cleats compartment at the bottom of the bag, which keeps stinky cleats away from everything else. Because of the larger size, it’s definitely more appropriate for a tween or older player who has multiple bats and can handle the larger size.
Kids 11 and younger: For younger players, we recommend the Demarini Voodoo Rebirth Bat Pack.
This bag has one large compartment, plus a vented shoe compartment. There’s plenty of room for a batting helmet and gloves, plus any other gear your player wants to put in. The small zippered compartment at the top is perfect for lip balm, money, or a cell phone. It holds two bats. The smaller size is manageable for younger kids but still big enough for older kids. This bag is a great investment because it can be used for several years.
A good bat bag is just the beginning. Here are the 5 items I always make my kids pack in their bat bags before games and tournaments.
5 Bat Bag Essentials
The requirement for masks and face coverings will probably be around for at least another year. Every county and town we play in has different rules regarding face coverings and when face coverings must be worn. My kids have been wearing the 6 Piece Sun UV Protection Face Gaiter since summer of 2020, when our league required face coverings for all players when in the dugout. A mask is likely to get lost in the bag, or worse dropped on the ground. We love these gaiters because my sons simply lower them when in the field. These gaiters come in a 6 pack (useful as inevitably some will get lost), but wash surprisingly well and provide the added benefit of UV protection on the neck.
Cooling towels are a pretty cool little invention. On a hot day, these thin towels can help to cool your kids off when they come back to the dugout after standing in the field. We recommend the Chill Pal Mesh Cooling Towel. My kids each keep a cool towel in a large ziploc bag in their bat bag. To activate the cooling action, just pour water on the towel, wring it out, and snap the towel. Place it on your neck or wrap around your head for instant cooling. Just remind your kids to take them out of their bat bags when you get home. Take it from me, you don’t want to find a mildew filled ziploc bag with a once wet Cooling Towel at the bottom of the bat bag!
After games, my kids are in the habit of taking off their cleats while still in the dugout. Not only does that help leave some of the dirt at the ball field, but it makes them more comfortable on the ride home (and it keeps the car cleaner longer). Plus the further back in the car I can keep the cleats, the better. They put their cleats in the compartment of their bat bag, and slip on these Under Armour slides.
Under Armour Ignite VI Slide Sandal (Child’s size) children’s sizes 4-7
Under Armour Men’s Ignite Slide Sandal (Men’s size) men’s sizes 7-15
Our league’s home field is always windy, and seems to be 10 degrees cooler than the rest of town on any given day. For that reason, my sons keep a long sleeve compression shirt in their bags, just in case they need them. They frequently wear them under their jerseys for most morning games and night games until Memorial Day, and sometimes longer. Living in the Central New Jersey, we sometimes play tournaments near the shore. Even in July, it can get cool and windy at night. We keep an Under Armour Boys Long Sleeve Cold Gear T-shirt in their bat bags, just in case, all season long. It rolls up small, takes up no room in the bag, is comfortable and keeps them warm without overheating them. It also pulls sweat away from the body so they don’t get that uncomfortable damp feeling.
Lip Balm with SPF
Maybe its just me, but I think having chapped lips is one of the worst feelings in the world. Having sunburnt lips is a close second. Keeping lip balm in your kids’ bag is just a smart idea especially for long days when their lips will be exposed to wind, dirt, and sun. This Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Balm is what we keep in my kids’ bags. Not does it only protect against wind chapped lips, but it also has SPF 20 so they don’t get sunburned lips (so painful). I buy in multi packs like this pack of 6 because they both seem to lose lip balm all the time.
A good bat bag is an important piece of equipment for every baseball player. Beyond a batting helmet, batting gloves, and bottle of water, your kids need a few things to help keep them comfortable during long games and tournaments. Add these five items to your kid’s bat bag to help keep them comfortable no matter the weather.
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