Summer Sports League Essentials #BayerBlogger

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Whether you are looking to relive your days as a pint-sized soccer phenom, practice your teamwork skills or just meet new people, joining a summer sports league is becoming an increasingly popular past-time – and with good reason! Sports are a great way to have fun and escape the stress of everyday life. No matter what sport you’ve signed up for, there are a few essential items you’ll want to bring along. Check out this handy list for tips on packing for your first day on the field.

Summer Sports Essentials

  • Water Bottle. Hydration is no joke, especially when it gets hot out there. Don’t rely on nearby water fountains. If it’s out of order or not near your game, you’ll be out of luck. Look for an insulated stainless-steel water bottle to keep your water cold for hours under the sun. And remember, sharing drinks with teammates is a surefire way to catch a season-ending illness (or worse), so make sure to bring your own.
  • Safety Equipment. Sport-related injuries can be serious and could keep you on the side lines in the short term, or lead to long-term problems. Protective equipment like helmets, elbow and knee pads, eye protection and mouth guards can help to reduce your chances of getting hurt or the severity of your injury. Find out what gear your sport requires and pick it up before your first game.
  • First-Aid Kit. The type of first aid you’ll need varies by sport, but there are a few general supplies that will come in handy no matter what. Make sure you have instant chemical cold packs, bandages, cleansing wipes and distilled water for cleaning wounds. Pack a pain medication like ALEVE to give you 12 hours of relief to keep you in the game.
  • Sunscreen. Sun protection is key all year round, but especially if your game will keep you in the hot sun for a couple of hours. Apply your sunscreen before you get dressed for the game and keep it on the sidelines to reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, and reapply immediately after toweling-off.

If time is a factor, try a spray like Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Continuous Spray; apply just 15 minutes before sun exposure. It goes on fast, has a light and breathable feel, and stays on strong when you sweat. Keep in mind that sprays should be rubbed into the skin just like lotion to avoid missed areas. For a small and portable option, pick up the new Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick. It provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and won’t run into your eyes when you sweat.

  • Spare Clothes. Keeping an extra pair of clothes on hand keeps you dry and comfortable on the way home, not to mention protecting the interior of your car. As an added bonus, you’ll be ready for any unexpected outings with the team.

Even as a spectator you need to make sure you are protected from the sun and hydrated. I have spent many summers watching the kids play soccer, run and do other great activities. Have you joined any sports leagues this summer? What are the most important things in your duffel?


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  1. I learned the hard way the importance of hydration, it is easy to forget when you’re active in the sun. Coppertone sunscreen is anothe must have for us.

  2. Well sunscreen is so important of course. Here we need a lot of it and keep some sunscreen on hand all the time because of the pool. Aleve is just a staple in my medicine cabinet for all the aches and pains.

  3. Neely Moldovan says

    Yes hydration, sunscreen, ad a comfy chair for sure! Thankfully we aren’t in the sports life quite yet!

  4. We don’t have any summer sports here, yet. I usually am pretty busy in the fall. I love the essentials you’ve included here.

  5. Extra shoes too! Get caught in a downpour and your shoes will be all muddy. Alternate idea – pack gallon ziplock bags to wear over the dirty shoes.

  6. Great checklist of necessities to always have on hand during the busy summer months!

  7. Yes to all of this! My bag is now constantly packed for all the activities we have for spring!

  8. I always forget the sunscreen the first game of the season. With your reminder, I won’t this season!

  9. You hit that list right on the money! I keep all of those things in my car for emergencies.

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