When getting ready for a long day at a soccer tournament, a little preparation can go a long way. From cleats and water to ice packs and snacks, the list seems to never ending. QueensCast has got the most complete game day packing list for both soccer players and their families.
A player’s soccer bag may be the most important bag to pack. This bag has to last the player all day and contain the basic essentials needed to perform well during the big game!
- Soccer gear: socks, jersey, cleats, shin guards, flip flops, sweatshirts, and soccer ball.
- Sports medicine/first aid: scissors, pre wrap, sports tape, Advil, Benadryl, and first aid kit. If your child has severe allergies or asthma, include their medications in their bag as well.
- Other odds and ends: cash, water, elastic hair bands, Wet Wipes, hand sanitizer, and snacks. Items like fruit and granola bars make easy and tasty snacks.
- Sunscreen: use a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection, meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB light. Generally, a SPF 30 sunscreen will provide sufficient protection and should be applied thickly and thoroughly.
Parents and Spectators
For long tournament days, QueensCast recommends bringing a tote of supplies, a rolling cooler, and a comfortable chair. Depending on the age of the player, the parents may be responsible for bringing more of the first aid supplies.
- Tote: blanket, poncho, hat, sunglasses, tissues, hand sanitizer, a book or magazine, a camera, cash, medical items like Advil and Icy Hot, Wet Wipes, and sunscreen. Some parents should also bring items to entertain kids throughout the day. This can include items like an iPod or iPad or playing cards.
- Chair: choose a comfortable chair that has cup holders and maybe even a sun shade which can relieve some of the heat on long, sunny days. A chair with a sturdy strap will be useful when trying to carry multiple items.
- Cooler: ice packs, ice, drinks (lots of water), washcloth, spray bottle (if it’s very hot), and any cold snacks like fruit. Some people also use a tarp to create a “dry layer” of the cooler which can hold other items.
- Sunglasses: It’s important to protect you and your children’s eyes during long days of sunshine. Look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays and screen out 75-90% of visible light. Lenses should be perfectly matched in color and free of distortions and imperfections. Choosing sunglasses with gray lenses will help you to recognize proper colors. Having gray lenses could mean the difference between seeing a yellow and red card!
Thoughtful packing can make a long tournament much more enjoyable for players as well as parents and spectators. Do you have anything else that you always bring to long game days? Read the QueensCast blog for more soccer tips and news.