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Cheering from the Sidelines: My Sports Mom Survival Kit


By Becky Mansfield of Your Modern Family. Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

Baseball and tennis and lacrosse, oh my!  Springtime is finally here, which means sunny days, playing outside and sports… lots and lot of sports. Our kids love to be outside, playing with friends and playing on the ballfield, but it’s up to me to make sure they stay safe. The kids play with their team, working hard and playing harder, while I have my own “team” of products that I keep with me – sports safety products that are essential for our outdoor adventures!

Kids play lacrosse

About a year ago, my neighbor and I were sitting together at our sons’ lacrosse game, and she pulled out a bag from beside her chair. This was no ordinary bag. It was what she called her ‘Sports Bag,’ and it was filled with the most wonderfully useful things. From that day on, I never went to any sporting event without ‘Sports Bag’ essentials of my own!

Sports mom survival kit

What to keep in your Sports Bag:

  • Sunscreen spray: I go for NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport FULLREACH™ Spray. I can’t tell you how many times I walked away from a day on the sidelines to find myself with sunburns before I started carrying sunscreen with me. But now I keep this sunscreen with me. It’s new spray design is great for those hard-to-reach spots, it has an SPF of 70, which is great, and it’s sweat & water resistant.  
  • Picnic blanket: I have a blanket that is great for being out on the field. It wraps up nicely and fits perfectly in my bag. Plus, it’s waterproof, so when the kids spill water (or juice!) on it, it doesn’t matter.  
  • Snacks: I try to get snacks that are healthy (apples, carrots, berries), and I also throw in some foods high in protein (protein bars, beef jerky, peanut butter crackers that I’ve made) to keep them full.  
  • Water: You can never go wrong with water (and you can never have enough!).  I keep water and the snacks in an insulated lunch tote, to keep them cold.
  • Blank paper to use as score cards: When the siblings get bored, I ask them to keep score for me. It’s a great way to teach them about the game- and they don't even realize that they are learning!
  • BAND-AID® Brand SKIN-FLEX™ Bandages: It never fails that someone gets a cut or scrape during a game (and most of the time it’s one of our kids on the sidelines!). These flexible bandages cover and help protect, and are designed to move like a second skin. They definitely come in handy!
  • NEOSPORIN® + Pain, Itch, Scar: Before applying a bandage, I wash and then rub this ointment to help the healing process. As a mom, I like that it provides 24-hour infection protection.
  • Toys that are ONLY For games: Keep a few toys (small dolls, cars, etc…) that are only to be used at games. Keep them in a zipped bag inside your sport’s tote. They will be excited to use them since they don’t use them too often.
  • Sidewalk chalk: I can’t tell you how many games were saved by sidewalk chalk! When the kids are bored, they grab their chalk and draw or play games.
  • Spray bottle with water: Use it on yourself, your kids or they can use it to turn that sidewalk chalk into sidewalk paint. (Grab a few old paint brushes and this will keep them busy for at least 20 minutes.) :)  
  • A plastic container with a lid filled with sand and sand toys: Note: I put the sand in a plastic zipped bag first, just in case the lid on the tote would open in my bag.
  • Crayons & a few copies of our scavenger hunt: I made this last year for our kids because they were spending so much time at our son’s baseball practices and games. You are welcome to print ours here.

Sports bag essential scavenger hunt list

The key to not having stress is to be prepared. Being prepared for spring sports isn’t any different: grab what you need, toss them into your sports bag and take it to every practice and game. You’ll be glad that you did!

Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

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