Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Ultimate Baseball Mom's Survival Bag
I've been packing bags for the ballpark for the last 8 years, and I think I've now fine-tuned exactly what items a baseball mom wants to have in her bag! First of all, you have to find the right bag. My new favorite is the Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote. Check it out here. I think it works perfectly for a baseball mom's supplies, and it's pretty darn cute too!! Here are the essentials that every bag should have:
a towel (for wiping off dirty or wet bleachers)
a small umbrella (for those inevitable April showers)
sunscreen (Be sure to spray the kids before they start sweating!)
bug spray or wipes (a must-have in the Deep South to keep away the mosquitos and gnats)
face and hand wipes (Baby wipes or Wet-Ones work fine!)
antibacterial hand sanitizer
travel-pack of facial tissue
Dermosplast or other similar spray (for cuts, scrapes, burns, and bites)
variety of bandages
Children's Benadryl (I buy the rapid melts/meltaways of any medications that I carry in my bag.)
Now, depending on the ages of your other children, there are additional items you will want to include, such as small toys or coloring books/crayons to occupy little ones, and inexpensive snacks.
I buy big bags of pretzels, Goldfish crackers, etc. and separate them into snack-size bags. The concession stand can put a strain on your budget, so coming prepared with snacks can really save you money. Some ballparks will allow you to bring in small coolers, and others will not; I typically keep a cooler of iced Gatorades and waters in the car.
In addition to the cooler, you may want to include a few other things in the car. I like to pack a complete change of clothes for each kid. You never know when they are going to leave a game covered in red dirt! I have been known to make my boys strip down to their underwear before allowing them to get into the car. However, I try to make sure they have extra clothes so I don't have to embarrass them that way! I also keep folding chairs in the trunk. Some ball parks have great bleachers and others do not. It's best to be prepared either way. I always use my folding chairs if we are going to be there all day. And lastly, I keep a small blanket handy. I am terribly cold-natured, and when the sun goes down, there is sometimes a little chill in the air during the Spring months.
The key to a great day at the ballpark is preparation! If you know you have everything you need, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the games!!
P.S. I do not recommend allowing children to bring their hand-held video games to the ballpark. My 8-year-old lost a Nintendo DS at a tournament last year. Same thing applies to iPods, etc. Just my personal opinion!!