What is a Baseball Mom Survival Bag?
My kids have been playing baseball for a few years now. We have played in rain or shine. We have played for hours in the scorching heat and in the bitter cold. We have played at fields with bleachers and at fields where there isn’t any available seating. We’ve played at fields near uncut grass where ticks abound and in the middle of swarms of mosquitoes.
Imagine being unprepared for all of that? No thanks!
It has helped tremendously to be prepared with a baseball mom survival bag!
A baseball mom survival bag is a bag full of all the essentials you, Mom, might need when you go to see your kids play baseball or softball. Just like they have a bag full of the items they need to play the game, you can have a bag full of items you need to be comfortable while watching that game.
Think about it: do you want to be uncomfortable for a few hours while your kids play ball? Chances are, no!
Ultimate Checklist for a Baseball Mom Survival Bag
I keep my Baseball Mom Survival Bag in my car at all times, and restock it as needed. I also keep a folding camp chair in the car. This way, if ever a game or practice has been moved to a different day or time, I’m always prepared.
I use a Thirty-One zippered utility tote for my survival bag, but any small tote will do.
This is my ultimate baseball mom survival bag checklist (get a free printable below!).
Mind you, I have four kids and always feel the need to be prepared for anything!
Sunscreen: Even though I apply sunscreen on everyone’s skin before we leave, I still bring extra along. When you’re sitting at a game for a few hours in the sun, it’s a great idea to reapply sunscreen as necessary.
Bugspray: I bring bugspray that protects me from gnats, mosquitoes, and ticks. My favorite spray is the Avon Skin so Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition SPF 30 Pump Spray. It is DEET-free, PABA-free, dermatologist-tested, and hypoallergenic. It works very well to keep the insects away, plus it has SPF.
Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun and protect the umpire from your glare with a stylish pair of sunglasses.
Water Bottle: It can get hot sitting in the sun watching a game. I bring my stainless steel insulated water bottle that keeps my water cold for hours. It stays super cold thanks to the narrow stick ice cubes that actually fit in the bottle!
Snacks: Cheering loudly for your favorite team burns off some calories, so why not bring some snacks along? Some portable snacks include:
- trail mix
- dried fruit
- sunflower seeds
- protein bars
- fruit pouch
- fresh fruit (apples, watermelon, bananas, etc)
- granola bars
- dry cereal
- fruit leather
Cash for concession stand: Most fields have concession stands, which help raise money for the local baseball league. And let’s face it: chances are pretty good that your kids will want to get a snack from the stand, so why not be prepared?
Blankets: Blankets are great for sitting on the ground or for staying warm. While I keep a bigger bag with extra blankets in the car, I include a portable picnic blanket in case we need to sit on the ground and a fleece blanket to keep warm. Both fold up pretty small so they fit nicely in the bag.
Extra hoodie/sweatshirt: Our home fields are on top of a mountain, so it gets pretty chilly up there. I bring an extra hoodie with me to ward off the chill.
Lip balm or gloss: I don’t go anywhere without my lip gloss. I just don’t like having chapped lips!
Hand sanitizer: You just don’t know which fields will have soap in their bathrooms. A little travel bottle of hand sanitizer that hangs on your bag or hand sanitizer wipes will be useful.
First aid kit: While most teams are required to have their own first aid kit, it wouldn’t hurt to have one on hand just in case. For me, I like to have one for my other kids who are playing at the park instead of watching the game. This first aid kit is perfect for a baseball mom survival bag, but I also bring along:
- extra bandaids, because you can just never have enough
- antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes
- Benadryl, in case anyone has an allergy attack or is allergic to bee stings
- bug bite spray, because sometimes those buggers bite you anyway
- antacids for when you have an upset stomach from concession stand food
Ice packs: Again, the coach probably has some, but I keep a few small ones in my bag for my other kiddos.
Gum/mints: You’ll probably be talking to other parents (yes, even us introverts talk to people), so why not have fresh breath after consuming your concession stand hot dog?
Wipes: I keep a pack of baby wipes with me at all times since they’re great for cleaning off hands and faces.
Umbrella: Some teams may call it quits when it rains, but others refuse to quit unless there’s thunder and lightning. A large yet compact golf umbrella should keep you dry.
Towel for wiping off wet bleachers: Wet bleachers are no fun to sit on. Bring a small towel to wipe them off if it rained.
Extra phone charger: I need my smartphone ready to go at all times, not only for the obvious phone capabilities, but also for capturing photos and navigating our way home from far away fields. I actually keep two extra portable phone chargers in my bag just in case.
Copy of schedule: Ever show up to a field but no one is around? It’s handy to keep an updated version of the team’s schedule in your bag just in case. Make sure to have the coach’s phone number on it as well.
Directions to fields: It wouldn’t hurt to have printed out directions to the fields, just in case your smartphone or GPS loses reception.
For more items, check out the helpful comments below! I updated the printable list with some of the suggestions. Quite a few of the comments even have great ideas of what to add to player bags, like extra socks, belts, a change of clothes, etc.
Baseball moms! What did I miss? Would this list help to keep you prepared?
This list might seem overkill for some, but honestly, as a mom of four kids, I always feel it’s better to be prepared for anything!
(Bringing along a baby? Read my Summer Diaper Bag Essentials Checklist)
Baseball Mom Bag Checklist (UPDATED!)
Print out the checklist below by clicking on this image. (Updated thanks to the awesome suggestions below!)
Are you ready for this baseball season? I know I am! Good luck to your child’s team!
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