With the fall season comes one of my favorite things, fall sporting events! With school in full swing again, kids are getting out on the fields to practice and compete. It seems that with every new activity, there is a new bag to pack. What do you bring to your child’s fall sporting event? It is a question on many a parent’s mind these days!
The first and foremost, never forget item on my list is a large water bottle. With all that running around, kids get thirsty. Even with the cooler temperatures it is still important to stay hydrated. I prefer a durable stainless steel canteen style water bottle like the ones available through www.kleankanteen.com. The smaller sizes are great for travel, but for a sporting event I prefer the larger size.
The next thing you will want to stash in your bag is a blanket. Blankets serve many purposes at a fall sporting event. The best kind of blanket is one that is made of a synthetic material for easy washing. A fleece throw is perfect for outdoor use. When put down on damp grass, it will repel the moisture, keeping you dry. If it happens to get a little grass stain, it comes out easily. Fleece is also very snuggly warm for when the sun goes down and it gets chilly.
Another item I must have when I am going out for practice or a game is a hat. Preferably one that shows my school spirit! Hats are great in the fall for keeping your head warm. Another great feature is that a hat with a brim can block the lowering sun from your eyes. It is the perfect practical accessory. Show the crowd which team you are rooting for, wear your teams colors!
The last, and most important according to my crew, is the snack. Save a few dollars by bringing your own snack to enjoy and re-energize those hungry athletes. Granola bars are a favorite, and nothing beats a crisp, juicy apple after a good workout. If it is cooler outside, you might even consider putting some warm soup in a thermos. Another wonderful and healthy snack is fresh made burritos. If you make them just before heading out the door and stash them in a cooler, they are just the right temperature to warm some chilly fingers after practice. Enjoy your sporting event!