Travel Soccer Checklist for Busy Soccer Moms
It’s a new week! I hope everybody had a great, fun week-end! Ours was filled with soccer and more soccer. Sometimes, like this past Saturday, we have to travel a bit to get to my son’s game. It’s usually no more than a couple of hours away, but it’s still far enough, especially when you realize you forgot something you need, at home..
Luckily this time we were not too far when we realized we forgot the shin guards behind. After the last practice Lucas took them off and left them in my car. We drove the truck today, and needless to say, the shin guards were not in Lucas’ backpack. It was pretty easy to turn around and go back to get them, even if we were running a little late…but what if we were almost to destination and realized they were missing? That would have been a problem, they don’t sell shin guards at the gas station! So, I put together a travel soccer checklist that I think would work for me. I forgot things I needed way too many times, when I was too far away.. Here is my list, and of course, if you find it useful, you are free to print it!
- Soccer Gear (uniform, shin guards and cleats)
- Change of clothes (shoes included)
- Bug repellent
- First aid kit
This is unforgettable! You cannot just buy a new team jersey anywhere you are. I have a backpack where I put all the uniforms, home and away kits. Also I keep soccer socks, shin guards and cleats there!
Let me tell you about the chairs..I thought any kind of camping chair would work, but I really find it important to get chairs with an adjustable canopy that you can pull up, and protect yourself from the weather. Just a little shade can bring some relief in a hot day! Also, I would not sit on the bleachers, your bottom will start hurting before the game is over!
UMBRELLA AND PONCHO
More than once I went to watch my son play and got soaked wet because I didn’t bring the umbrella. Often, when it rains too hard even the umbrella is not enough, and that’s when the ponchos come to the rescue. I know they are not very attractive, but they work so great! I like them because they also cover most of your legs, therefore you don’t have to deal with wet pants all day. The umbrella is a big must! Even when it doesn’t rain, the sun in Florida is just as bothersome as the rain. I thought that people covering from the sun with the umbrella looked a bit silly.. well, I quickly changed my mind. The heat sometimes is too much even for me .. and I genuinely love the sun!
Bring a cooler with you! Fill it up with ice packs, lots of water and snacks. You can always buy refreshments at the concession stands, but they usually are on the pricey side. If you plan to take your cooler out of your car, one with wheels works better.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
Some games can get very dirty…Oh, don’t we just love the mud! A change of clothes is always in my car so that my son can get out his sweaty and dirty uniform, and into a fresh shirt and a pair of shorts. I also have some flip flops ready for him, so that he can rest his poor feet.
Protect the whole family! Just bring an easy to apply spray bottle.
The humidity in Florida attracts a lot of annoying bugs. Spray some repellent on and enjoy the game!
Have a few of these with you. What a lifesaver! You can use them for about anything. I like to wet one with cold water and wipe my son’s sweaty face with it.. it’s instant relief!
FIRST AID KIT
This is important.. band-aids, neosporin, antibacterial wipes and even some ibuprofen are always in my bag. It helps with occasional injuries and pain.
In addition, I suggest having one of those trunk organizer bins, and keep it stacked with everything you need in the car all the times. I really like this kind because it comes with a little cooler.
You can put some towels, the ponchos, a change of clothes, the sunscreen and bug repellent in it. This way you will have what you need, not just for soccer games, but also for any trip you may take.
I hope you can find this short travel soccer checklist practical and convenient. I need to stick with it myself to avoid forgetting things behind and consequently waste precious time on game days. What are the items you always bring at soccer games?