The Ultimate Soccer Bag
Being prepared is half the battle. That’s why we’ve put together a cheat sheet for what you need in a great soccer bag. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’ll mean that you’ll be ready for the most common things that can come up when your child is on the field, all in one easy-to-carry bag.
This is perfect for parents of young soccer players who aren’t yet big enough to carry their own bag, or you can put this together for your older kids, and it becomes their bag. In the latter case, it’s a great way to teach kids responsibility.
You’ll want a good sized utility bag for this, something that’s got room for everything to fit in easily.
1. Two soccer balls
Having a spare soccer ball in the size your child is playing can be a life saver. Highly recommended!
Be sure to include a bag to keep these in so that they don’t get mud everywhere. A durable, cloth grocery bag is great, as you can wash it when it gets dirty.
3. Soccer socks
It’s a good idea to have a spare pair of soccer socks in the bag, because socks are one of those items that always seem to require them!
4. Shin guards
This is the piece of safety equipment that you just can’t do without. ALWAYS have those shin guards ready for practice by keeping them in a bag
5. Healthy, non-perishable snacks
These you do need to keep an eye on as even non-perishable snacks go out of date. Fruit snacks, protein bars, and crackers are all great choices. Remember, this bag will probably sit out in the heat
6. Hair ties
Try clipping a camping carabiner to the bag that’s full of hair ties. If your child has long hair, these are essential, because these break so easily
7. Small first-aid kit
It doesn’t have to be fancy, but a basic first-aid kit is always a good thing to have. (See our blog on making a simple first-aid kit.
There are some great new sunscreens on the market that come in a stick, like deodorant – it doesn’t melt and it’s not gooey. But whatever kind you have available, this is a MUST in a soccer bag
9. Two bottles of water
Always make sure to have plenty of water on the field – it’s so critical!
10. Wet wipes
A pack of wet wipes should be put with the snacks to keep everything as clean as possible.
11. Hand towel
Nothing beats a cloth towel for wiping off hands, feet, and faces. Definitely a must have in your soccer bag!
The best thing about this bag is that you only really need to get it ready once – then you can just grab it and go! As time goes on, you’ll just need to replenish the things that you use up. Make your life easier and get your ultimate soccer-parent bag put together!
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