Pack Your Car for Game Day

Game Day Car Strategy

One thing that never changes is that when the season rolls around we live out of our car during the season. When the boys were little we used the CR-V as a makeshift pack and play at home games and a stroller/tent hauler for away games.

Whether it’s weekends filled with meals and naps in car seats or diaper changes on the side of the highway, I keep our car packed with strategic items to reduce our stress on game day.

Here’s how to Pack Your Car for Game Day

Glove Box

Our kids have allergies and it never fails that one of them forgets to take their Zyrtec as we’re running out the door. Thankfully you can find a lot of great meds individually packaged these days. Here’s what I keep in my glove box:


I use the trunk for things I want to have on hand but don’t want my kids to have immediate access to grab. At the beginning of the season when they were little I would stock up on a few boxes of their favorite snacks. Now that they are bigger and can reach into the trunk this strategy doesn’t work anymore.

Here’s what I to stash in the trunk:

  • Apple sauce pouches
  • Mini water bottles
  • Extra outfits (depending on the ages of your kids)
  • Extra diapers/wipes/pull-ups (see above)
  • A large blanket
  • Handwarmers
  • Hats and gloves (depending on location)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Batteries for toys commonly brought to games/screwdriver
  • Umbrellas
  • Ponchos
  • Reusable Grocery Bags
  • Collapsable Freezer


Of course, you want your kids to have access to some things so you aren’t distracted while driving. This varies by age. Here’s our current list:

  • Clipboards
  • Pens/mechanical pencils
  • Magnetic chess/checkerboard
  • Deck of cards
  • Cell phone charger and cords
  • Plastic shopping bag for trash

Depending on the size of your car and the amount of people you transport you will need to adjust this list, but I hope this gives you a place to start strategizing how to pack your car for game day! Check out this post for great ideas on cheap organzation holders!

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