First, find a bag large enough to store all of your stuff. Personally, I love my Thirty-One Large Utility Tote. You’ll be amazed at how much this tote can hold. The structured metal frame keeps it open for bulky items and provides strength for durability. It even collapses for easy storage! Approx. 11.75″H x 21.5″W x 10″D. Additionally I purchased the Pocket -A-Tote as an add-on for the inside of my bag. You can use the pocket on the inside or outside of the tote. The tote is available in just about any color imaginable, and lots of great designs. I chose to go with a dark gray color for the simple reason that most of the time the bag will be sitting on some dusty park and I do not want to worry about constantly cleaning the bag.
Given that from the month of April through end of the summer we basically live at the baseball fields, short of the electronics, I highly recommend keeping all of the items in the baseball bag. There is nothing worse than getting to the field and realizing you forgot something.
Sunscreen – I use a spray-on sunscreen. It’s quick to apply, dries quickly, and less messy.
Bug-Spray – I prefer OFF!® Smooth & Dry, it uses an advanced powder-dry formula that dries on contact, it doesnt have that “bug spray smell”, and since it sprays on dry you are not left feeling sticky or wet after applying.
Wipes – At times there isn’t soap or water readily available (or they are availbale but seem to be miles away on the other side of the sports complex).
Charmin To Go Mini Bath Tissue – pull-out dispenser keeps tissue neat clean and dry. Extremely handy for those times the women’s restroom runs out of toilet paper.
Stadium Blanket – Since the stadium blanket folds into a tote bag, it fits nicely in my baseball bag. I recommend a blanket with a waterproof nylon side for those days the rain just won’t stay away.
Totes TRX Manual Mini Trekker Umbrella – You’re ready to go with the Compact & lightweight umbrella. Water Resistance fabric to shelter you from sprinkles. Use this umbrella rain or shine: SunGuard™ UPF 50+sun protection covers you from harmful UV rays. Ultra lightweight umbrella weighs only 8 ounces & has a compact folding design, ideal to carry with you. Attach this umbrella to your bag with the handy carabiner case.
Camera – although I always have my phone with me (which I can take pictures with), I also take my digital 35 mm camera with a zoom lens. Through the years I’ve taken some really great pictures and captured moments we may have forgotten otherwise.
Folding stadium chair – Given a choice, I prefer to sit in my own folding chair, but there are times when that’s not possible. For example, after rain the ground is muddy and using my portable folding chair is just not an option. Also, not all ball parks allow folding chairs. Other times, we are at fields that were designed with obstructed views (not certain why). For these reasons, I always keep the folding stadium chair in the car and if I need it the chair fits nicely in my bag.
Frogg Togg – The Chilly Pad® is a great way to cool down (My son also keeps a Frogg Togg in his bag).
HotHands Hand warmer – Air activated and last for hours. I always keep four in my bag, one for each hand and two extras in case my feet get cold. If they do, I just drop two warmers right into my shoes. Tip: Keep extras in the car and also in your ball players bag.
Fingerless gloves – I keep them in my bag during the earlier part of the season, when the weather tends to be unpredictable and still quite cold. I prefer fingerless gloves because it’s easier to handle the camera, hold coffee, and reach into my bag without having to remove the gloves over and over again. This is purely preference, pack the gloves or mittens that are best suited for your needs.
In the bag pocket I always keep cash (in case I forget my wallet I still have money for park fee), change, an extra pair of sunglasses, a little Ziploc bag with some Tylenol, band-Aids, and any prescribed medication I may need while we’re on the road.
Before I head out the door I throw some snacks and frozen water bottles in my bag. Some of the snacks I like to take are; sunflower seeds, granola bars, seasonal fruit. The frozen water bottles are a great way to keep cool on a hot summer day. The frozen water bottles serve two purposes; one, it’s a great way to have ice cold drinking water throughout most of the game, and two, it doubles as an ice pack and keeps any perishable items cold. Make certain to place bottles in either a thermal bag (Thirty-One sells as an add-on, a thermal bag that fits perfectly in the large utility bag I purchased and use) or use a Ziploc bag, as the water bottles will produce much condensation as the ice melts. You don’t want to end up with a big wet mess in your bag (learned that one the hard way).
Have a great season!