This year I am doing a weekly series every Monday on organizing. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more. I am doing all of the weekly challenges this year, but I am changing the order up a bit.
Any printables from the Organize Now series are available here…
I have made monthly calendars of my projects, available here…
I am so crazy that I have all of my bag contents in printable form! I have them laminated so that I can take them along with me when I travel, and can also use them to check inventories and see what I need to replace.
So some of you are going to think that this post is absolutely insane. There are some parents who don’t have kids in sports who will still understand, whose kids are involved in activities that take up huge chunks of time away from home. Otherwise, yes, this will seem excessive.
My 15 year old son is a cellist, and has played soccer, little league baseball, travel baseball, basketball, football, golf, and lacrosse. My 12 year old son has played soccer, little league baseball, travel baseball, basketball, football and lacrosse. Most of these activities have involved one game at a time, a few hours at the most. Not so when you are playing travel ball. Then it becomes an all weekend thing. When my 15 year old started playing travel baseball when he was 7, my life changed. And the contents of my vehicle changed. I learned gradually. When you are away all day, especially when you have other kids, you learn to be prepared.
You never know what the facilities will be like. You never know if there will be decent food, or more importantly, decent restrooms. I started just keeping my “mom bag” in the car at all times. It has come in handy at practices, games, and in a lot of other situations. I know that I may be just a tad bit over prepared, but I am a little crazy that way!
Now we are moving on to how I pack my car for a baseball tournament. We have our first one this weekend, and I am ready! Here is my car packing list.
E Z Up canopy
My player is in charge of his own baseball bag, but I do make spot checks from time to time, mostly to make sure they get rid of old Gatorades, sunflower seeds and gum.
PLAYER’S BASEBALL BAG
Gum and seeds
The first things I add for game/practice days are the big items that I take in to the games with me. I have some things that I take if we are having a picnic between games. These things include:
If the weather is rainy or really sunny I have:
For Christmas my husband gave me a Sport-Brella. This thing looks like a large beach umbrella, and can work that way, but you can also turn it on it’s side and stake it down, and it has flaps that come down on the sides. It will be great in rain, sun, or in the cold. The major plus for this thing is that it is lightweight and way easy to lug around than my E-Z up.
Towel to wipe off wet stuff
If it is really cold I have:
A portable propane heater
I don’t always need all of that. Most of the time I just take in:
My baseball bag
My personal purse/tote
This is my “baseball bag”. I keep it in the back of the car at all times. I have had many versions of this bag. You can be as fancy or as simple as you want. I have used totes, backpacks, Ziploc bags…it really doesn’t matter.
FIRST AID KIT
Blood glucose meter
For coffee to wake me up or hot tea to keep me warm…I adore my 1960’s vintage Winchester thermoses in their own tote!
A know that is a whole Suburban full of crazy, but if you need a safety pin, you know who to ask!