When it comes to packing for your youth soccer player’s next tournament, some things are obvious, like jerseys, cleats, and toiletries. But what about a comfortable chair for the sidelines? Or healthy snacks, bottled waters, and sports drinks? Take a look at our travel checklist; we can help you remember what you never would have thought to pack.
Extra Hair Ties: This is crucial for any soccer players with long hair! Hair ties are prone to snapping just at the moment you need them, so don’t hesitate to bring a second pack just in case.
Stain Remover: After a weekend-long tournament, it’s important that you’re able to remove any grass, blood, or sweat stains from your player’s uniform — especially if there’s any chance they’ll have to rewear it. Depending on the stain, you could need anything from white vinegar to rubbing alcohol to dish soap to hydrogen peroxide. Purchase a few small, travel-size shampoo bottles to store your “cleaning supplies” in. This way, they won’t take up space in your suitcase, and the amount is airline-friendly.
Sunscreen: Bring a high-quality sunscreen that will last through a sweaty day in the sun! Pack a sunscreen specifically for your face as well.
Umbrella: You never know when the rain could come down on the pitch — especially if you’re in Florida! Always keep a small umbrella in your bag.
The Little Things: Very rarely do you think about packing chapstick, nail clippers, or hand sanitizer, but remembering these little things makes all the difference.
Insect Repellent: Don’t become a mosquito’s next meal; make sure you always keep insect repellant in your bag. Consider purchasing wipes instead of spray, as some other players or their parents may be allergic to the spray.
Permanent Marker: If your team does a load of laundry, you’ll want to write your child’s initials on any clothing or uniforms. You can also bring a mesh laundry bag, which makes this even easier.
Protect Your Car: Grab an old beach towel, a handful of garbage or Ziploc bags, and a roll of paper towels to store muddy clothes and protect your car seats from any wet, dirty uniforms.
Cleat Scrubber: Don’t let your soccer player climb into your car with muddy cleats!
Portable Soccer Ball Inflator: No family should be without one.
Extra Socks: How many games does your child have on the schedule? Plan to pack twice as many pairs of socks!
Portable Phone Charger: A portable phone charger will be your new best friend! If your phone dies, you won’t be able to take awesome pictures or videos of your child on the pitch, and you won’t be able to contact other parents in case of an emergency.
Packing for tournaments can feel like an art form. With this list, you’ll be more than prepared to get on the road! Keep an eye on our blog for more tips and tricks for youth soccer parents.