So this edition of “Baseball Mama’s Must Have’s” is all about “What to Bring”. Now, every mom is different, simply because her family is different. For me, what I have to bring depends on whether I have 3 kids with me, or its just me. Same with other moms…are you packing for a few or just you?
Thanks to the following moms for helping me get this list complete (moms from the Hanks are in blue!!) , Julie, Amy Lynn, Sonia, Jen, Ellen, Christin, Janna,…
Let’s start with the basics…..
Bag – because you need a place to corral everything small. I have a Metro-Retro bag from Thirty One Gifts and its HUGE. This weekend, I had my 8×10 planner, 7 pens, 4 bottles of water, 2 bags of sunflower seeds, camera, cell phone, battery charger, sunglasses case and some other small randomness. Note: some families have a wagon they load everything in and pull it in. This is great when (in Christina’s words): ”the parking lot is 5 miles from the actual field”.
Sunglasses – bonus if they match the team colors.
Sunscreen – for me, I prefer the spray kind. It works great and quickly, and no one has to spend 10 minutes rubbing it all in. Its also great for spraying on Patrick’s head (he keeps his hair super short), when he wants to wear a visor. The sport kind is also great for when you sweat a lot (because like I’ve said before, its usually HOT when we are playing ball!)
Cooler – we have a large rolling cooler, and a smaller soft sided cooler we use. The soft sided one is great because it fits in the wagon that Patrick has. The only downside to this is that it doesn’t hold as much. And inside the cooler moms have suggested:
Water, Gatorade/PowerAde, Frozen Grapes (doubles as ice!), Wipes, Snacks, Ice Packs
Frogg Togg – for those super hot days, its good to have several of these! When wet, you can just put them around your neck for them to cool you down. When it dries, just rewet it and go again. We keep it in the cooler too…get it extra cold!
First Aid Kit – I have a small one in the car, but need to restock it! I found several great kits on Amazon.com as well! In addition to the first aid kit, moms suggested:
tylenol or ibuprofen, allergy pills, baby wipes, paper towels & clorox wipes
Umbrella or Pop-Up Canopy – the team that we are a part of has several families with pop-up canopies. We line them up down one fence and spread out underneath. A couple of the ballparks we play at are undergoing renovations and have no bleachers currently, so they come in handy along with chairs!
Chair - good if it folds up into a carry bag, and best if it has a mesh back (you get less hot this way!)
And of course, don’t forget: sunflower seeds, gum, suckers (we like the sour apple blow-pops!)….
We will have to do another post on other “Mom Must Have’s” – but hope you enjoyed this one!