Game-day gear questions seem to come up every season. Which are the best things, the most affordable and the necessary items? This year is a little different as some of our games are in the evening and others are in the morning, but a few strategic choices are helping me prepare for every game without storing a lot of extra stuff.
Here’s this Year’s List of my Favorite Game-Day Gear:
Now that we’re back North and games are in the evening I’ve pulled the Thinsulate back out. This extra layer is thin but very helpful at keeping me warm on the chilly days.
We’re not using these this year as we’re on the sidelines with various roles, but if you haven’t purchased a stadium seat yet it’s worth considering. Mine has a pouch to hold things meaning it’s one less bag to carry.
I know many love their Yeti’s, but I’m loyal to Tervis. Regardless of your mug of choice, it’s helpful to find a travel mug that keeps your cold drink cold, hot drink hot, has a spill-proof lid and doesn’t sweat.
A Great Shirt
I’ve always been a one outfit person. Kind of like a uniform for Game Days, but this year I’ve branched out and I’m loving having options to wear each weekend. Friday Night Wives has an adorable collection of shirts that are high-quality and true to size. I love my collection and find that it’s great to have options.
As with many things I’m keeping it simple this year even when it comes to game-day gear. There aren’t any affiliate links here, I’m just a fan offering an opinion!
This weekend I drove a few hours to celebrate with a former staff member at their baby shower. It’s been a few years since my kids were unable to entertain themselves safely at a game. As we chatted about how life with a baby changes the football season I couldn’t help but remember all the preparation that went into each game day with the hopes of seeing at least one quarter of the game.
I mean, seriously, we tried everything we could think of to allow our kid to have fun and attempt to cheer on our favorite coaches. By far the hardest years were the ones with littles who needed naps. I figured out quickly the only way I was going to keep my sanity on a Saturday was by having to do as little as possible to get out the door.
Game Day Diaper Bag Strategy
My strategy for game day actually started the Sunday before the game. I would unload the car and make sure all the things that needed to be washed were added to the laundry or dishwasher.
Sort the game day bag and take inventory (5 minutes)
Consolidate and reload bag (10 minutes)
Place in the car or in a closet so as not to be touched until game day.
On Game Day a quick glance through the bag after checking the weather as well as a few minutes to grab snacks was all I needed to do. (10 minutes)
Game Day Favorites
D3 football stadiums aren’t all created equal. While our home field had a reserved space where we parked our cars near the field allowing our kids to have a napping location a well as a great space to play away from the stands, away games required a bit more creativity. Either way, the goal was always to have the least amount of items possible. Especially with 2 kids under 3, I needed my hands available for kids, not stuff.
I’ve divided my list into a few categories, hopefully, you will find the part of my strategy that works best for you somewhere here. *No affiliate links are present.
You will always find snacks at the concession stand, but let’s be real, we aren’t millionaires, and most of the foods aren’t really kid-friendly anyway.
Here are my favorite snack options:
freeze dried fruit
sliced fruit and veggies
Cliff bar jr’s
Chocolate covered almonds (for the Mamas)
The bag you use can make all the difference. Depending on how many kids you have and whether you have to deal with cold weather you might require a large bag. You may also prefer two smaller bags, one for every game gear and one specific for weather. I always went the route of carrying the same bag and then keeping blankets separate.
Here are some of the bags we’ve dealt with in the stands:
Just remember Mama, your husband loves your presence at the games whether you see one snap or all of them. Keeping the kiddos happy is for your sanity, so if that means bringing along a babysitter or half your toy closet go ahead and do it.
Remember, by keeping things simple you will have less to haul, keep track of, and risk losing.