Travel Talk Thursday: Traveling to Your Kids Sports Tournaments #travel #tips

by Lori on February 20, 2014

Most of us have kids who play some sort of sport. Some of us even have to travel with those kids to play these sports.

My kids are on a travel select team of softball and baseball. Right now we stay within our area but this summer the softball team is heading to Panama City Beach Florida for the National Tournament! *sqqueeeaalllsss*

Our season starts this weekend so I thought this post would be going up with perfect timing. It can serve as a reminder to myself as I pack our car tomorrow for softball.

Even when the tournament is in our local area, we can be out at the ball park ALL DAY. No exaggeration.

Today on Travel Talk Thursday I am going to share with you my Top 10 Items you must have when traveling to a Sports Tournament. This list is good for “local” or even when you have to drive hours upon hours to get there. You will have to sit at the ball park and these items will help you stay sane and keep you from spending unnecessary money while there.

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1. Water and Gatorade. Duh, right? I prefer more water to Gatorade but the kids do need some electrolyte replenishment every now and then as well. Tip- Your child should be working on staying hydrated VERY well at least 2 days before the tournament. Dehydration can happen even if you are drinking water during the games if you are not well hydrated before you go out there.

2.Sunscreen and Bug Repellent. My favorite is Coppertone Sun Screen and Cutter brand bug repellent. You need both. When the sun does go down, those pesky bugs are coming out!



3. Chairs! Bleachers can be uncomfortable after a while. PLUS if you guys are there ALL DAY and you build up a camp spot for your team, you will want a chair to sit on. Coolers are not comfy after a while either.


4. Blankets/heaters/hand warmers/Frogg Toggs. Blankets should be brought regardless of weather. You could arrive at a EARLY morning game and the bleachers are covered with dew, or you can put them on the ground at the team camp site for the kids to sit on. The Heater and Hand warmers are when the weather is cold. You will be glad you spent the money on both. And the kids will thank you for the hand warmers too. I buy them in bulk.  The Frogg Toggs are amazing when playing in the heat wave! It helps cool the kiddos off and hopefully avoiding heat exhaustion. These are one of my favorite items to have at tournaments.


5. CASH! This is a must. A concession stand will not take your debit card. Your kids will want to get something from the concession stand at some point. YOU will even want that famous hot dog that one must have while watching baseball/softball. Do not forget the cash! Also, larger tournaments such as State and Nationals may charge an admission fee into the park.

6. Small First Aid Kit. You can purchase one already packed up or make your own.  I took a old cloth zippered lunch kit and created a First Aid kit. Advil, Anti- Itch spray for bug attacks, reusable ice pack, Small sunscreen, small bug spray, tummy trouble meds, band-aids, and medical tape. I throw it in the team wagon so if any of the girls need anything they can get it easily.


7. Extra Chargers. I have extra chargers for my phone and the kids tablets. MOST softball fields do not have outlets available. Bring your wall outlet chargers as well just in case but be prepared to use your extra external charges to get your phone with a bit more juice or your kids tablets so they will not be bored.

8. Change of Shoes. Believe me. I have worn flip flops to a tournament but the entire park was muddy. Guess who left with dried mud on their feet when the tournament was over? Also, your kid should not be wearing their cleats all the time. Give your kids feet a break and bring a pair of slider sandals for them to wear when they are not playing.

9. Snacks! Duh! Do not just go to a gas station and get chips and junk food. Really pack good snacks. Your kids need fuel. Fruit, Veggies, Beef jerky(preferably homemade), protein bars,nuts, etc. In the summer months I bring a whole watermelon cut up for the team to eat during a quick break in the games. They devour it and it is pure water so more hydration! YAY!  Tip- 2 days before game day, start feeding your kids fuel building snacks/food. They need to have energy ready to go, do not start trying to build up the energy on game day.

10. Boredom Busters! This goes for you, your kids, and your child playing in the tournament. I mentioned tablets before but there are other great ways to kill the boredom when at the fields. If you are lucky you are at a field that has a park for the kids to play on. If not, bring card games, dominoes or washers to play! Team building games are great not only for the team but parents! You guys become a family each season, get to know each other!




What do you guys pack when traveling for sports? What are your must have items?



*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click and purchase I get some change that I use to pay for softball and baseball! 🙂 All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Glenda February 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I never would have remembered car chargers for all the devices. That’s a great idea! And I hadn’t heard of Frogg Toggs until now. They look perfect for hot afternoons!


Ellen Christian February 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Definitely some great suggestions!


Mel {MamaBuzz} February 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Great tips, Lori! I’d never heard of Frogg Toggs before now. Very cool!


Marcia January 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

It can serve as a reminder to myself as I pack our car tomorrow for softball.Great to know. Nice post.


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