Without a doubt, one of the most exciting aspects of autumn is game season. But between busy, activity-filled school days, homework and after-school sports, getting the family to the field can feel a bit overwhelming.
However, with a little preparation, gamedays can be simple and stress-free. Here’s what you need to know to successfully get your brood to a fun-filled sporting event.
1. Pack a Sports Bag
To avoid rushing out the door (and wondering if you forgot anything) before each game, always have a sports bag on hand to grab and go. You’ll want to pack it with your child’s uniform and shoes, a water bottle, a snack, a small first-aid kit and sunscreen.
Tip: As soon as you get home, have your kids throw their smelly warm-ups and sweaty uniforms directly into the washing machine so they’re ready to go for the next game. And be sure to throw in a Gain Flings Laundry Pac to give your laundry an amazing, long-lasting scent!
2. Keep Comfortable
While watching your kids on the field is fun, sitting on the ground or metal bleachers is usually not. Keep a blanket, fold-up chairs or cushioned stadium seats in your trunk for easy access. And don’t forget the chill factor after the sun goes down! Pack scarves, sweatshirts and jackets for chilly late afternoon or evening games.
3. Bring Snack Essentials
Pack a small picnic basket or cooler with healthy goodies, like sliced apples and oranges, popcorn, granola bars, trail mix or pita chips. Don’t forget the beverages and cups. On colder afternoons, pack an insulated travel cup with hot herbal tea, apple cider or hot cocoa. Bounty DuraTowel, wet wipes and a small bag for garbage will make cleanup a breeze!
4. Take Along Activities
Younger children aren’t always thrilled to tag along for their sibling’s games. Keep the little ones occupied by bringing books, coloring activities, portable games or a ball to kick around.
5. Prep for Dinner
When you’re getting home late after a game and need to feed hungry kids quickly, planning ahead will really pay off – all you’ll need to do is heat and serve.
Good pre-prepped ideas include hearty slow cooker recipes like chili or soup, baked pastas, quiche, frozen meals or enchiladas that can be assembled in advance. By preparing dinner early, you can even invite your friends over and celebrate – stress-free – after the game.