If I make a list for you of all the extra-curricular activities my two oldest kids are involved in, you would think I have lost my mind! But, in my defense, we homeschool and both my husband and I work from home, which means no extra school work after 4:00 pm, adjusted bed times and meal times when necessary and—most importantly—ample family time during the hours most others are at work.
Anyway, since we have been/are involved in so many activities with the kids, much of it involving travel, I have started packing things for our time at the field and on the road. As the spring season starts for a lot of programs, I thought I would share with you how we save time and, most importantly, money!
First of all, I want to say I was terrible at this little league thing for a couple of years! A lot of trial and error until I figured out what to carry, how to carry it, and how much to bring.
Second, there have been stages in this process because I have a 10 and 11 year old that have been participating in sports since I was pregnant with my 4 year old.
Finally, here is how I "Travel Ball!"
We bring a small cooler with water, Gatorade, apple juice for my toddler and milk (or formula for babies). In the top of the cooler, I put a cake carrier with snacks. The cake carrier allows a lot of cold in because it isn't insulated, but keeps everything from getting wet---plus they are only $5 at Wal-Mart!
|fits perfectly in the above cooler!|
Here is a list of snacks I keep in the cake carrier:
- 1-2 bananas (a MUST if one of the kids may become dehydrated--this has only been an issue for us one time, but bananas are great for muscles cramps since they are packed with Potassium.)
- A green apple (my kids like the green) sliced and put in a ziploc snack size baggie
- A bag of beef jerky (protein for my boys--hubby and oldest--after a tough football game)
- Some crackers and peanut butter
- Granola bars
- Nutria grain bars
- Teddy Graham Cookies or Nilla Wafers
- The small containers of Peanut butter (for apple dipping, if wanted)
- 1-2 small apple sauce containers
- A couple of plastic spoons and a plastic knife
- other possibilities are a container of ranch dressing and a baggie of carrots of snap peas.
- If the game is far away, I will also stuff a few ham and cheese sandwiches in the box. I will take other things out if I need to in order to make them fit. You will be surprised at how many things you can shove in the cake carrier!
|I haven't re-packed this one yet. I took it on our last vacation for an emergency kit!|
Which brings me to the list (most everything is in trial or small sizes but some things are larger like the sunblock:
- Sunblock!!! SPF 50 or higher apply every 2 hours...and use it for YOURSELF as well!
- A small amount of cash in small bills....in case you need something from the concession stand.
- Hair brush
- Some hair ties
- Extra sunglasses
- Band aids
- Hand sanitizer
- Ponchos (we live in Florida and it rains all the time! And who has any hands left for an umbrella with all the stuff we are carrying LOL)
- An umbrella (mostly for shade if needed)
- A roll of toilet paper (lots of places we visit either have none in the bathrooms or run out soon after we arrive!)
- A spray bottle of water (I use this to put my daughters hair back in a pony tail.)
- Extra batteries for our misters.
- Eye black
- Extra mouth guards
- After bite medication
- Mosquito spray
- Wet wipes
- Ibuprofen (adult and children)
- alcohol wipes
- We use these nifty little misters to keep cool during the hot summer games. Often, we are able to sit right behind the team on the sidelines and I will spray them when they walk by. (The coaches keep hand towels in a cooler full of ice water for them too, so they are well taken care of!)
- If you have babies along for the ride, you will want to make sure you pack them age appropriate snacks or jars of baby food as well as a few diapers.
When my youngest was a baby, I also carried a pack n' go!
It sounds like a lot, I know! If you aren't prepared, though, you could be stuck with a screaming baby in a car for 2 hours and 2 sunburned, dehydrated children playing outside! If everyone carries their own chair (we have the kind that fold up in to the bags with a shoulder strap), and you have a rolling cooler, you can easily transport these things across the field in one trip! :)
Go Team Mom!