As a baseball mom of a son who plays on a rec team as well as a travel team, and has a daughter in ball, we are at the fields almost daily. Some days it's a quick BP, others it's a full tournament day from sun up to long after the lights come on in the evening. My organization skills come in extremely handy. I not only organize my van (HERE), but also my bag. I having a separate bag that is always packed and fully stocked with the essentials makes getting out the door so much easier. So today I am sharing what's inside, and some tips for what works for me. To see my full video you can watch at the bottom of this post!
1. For me a backpack is the way to go. Trying to carry a bag, cooler, chair, and occasionally a screaming toddler takes both hands. While a backpack isn't the most fashionable, it is the most functional.
2. Using the compartments within the bag to organize items makes them easier to find. Also using pouches to corral items helps keep your bag tidy.
My essentials pouch is known as the "Marry Poppins" bag. I try to have anything and everything anyone would need. A few items in this pouch include: pens, pencils, scissors, eye drops, baby powder, stapler, tape, childrens medicine, hot hands, quarters, tweezers, tissues, chap stick, Aleve.
Snack. Snacks are by far one of my go to items at the field. I use small snack size baggies to portion out pretzels and crackers. I try to stay away from things that will crush or melt. Candy.... it keeps toddlers happy. I purchase sour patch kids in bulk and then separate them into baggies. That way if there is no snack bar, there is still candy. Lollypops and ring pops are another favorite.
As a coaches wife, I am responsible for a lot of paperwork, order forms, scorebooks. I keep this all in my back pack as well.
In addition to my bag that I carry with me, I also keep my van fully stocked with essentials. I usually take a bag with extra clothing, and a full first aid kit as well. My cooler keeps fruit, fresh snacks, drinks, and cooling towels when the weather is hot.
All the gear is my husband and son's responsibility. :)
What are some must have items in your bag? I would love you to leave me a comment letting me know below!