Thursday, June 08, 2017

Soccer Bag Checklist for Teens

What every teen soccer player should pack in their soccer bag—be totally prepared for game day, whether or not mom can be there!


What to pack in soccer bag

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My daughter, Chloe, isn't a little girl running around on the soccer field anymore. She is a teenager who is super serious about playing soccer and maybe even a little obsessed with it. In the last 10 months she has played on 3 different teams and is becoming incredibly self-sufficient when it comes to her soccer bag and whatever's inside it.

It's really important for me to know that she has what she needs in that bag, though! I can't always be to all of her games—the high school team she played for this spring had away games that were several hours away, and I even have to miss home games here and there.

I want to be sure that when she grabs her soccer bag that she is totally prepared for any eventuality at the field.

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Chloe and I have created a list of the things that are in her bag—some of them are things she feels are very important as a soccer player, and some of them are things I feel are very important as a soccer player's mom.

We have also included affiliate links to our favorite soccer essentials.

Soccer Bag Checklist for Teens


Essential gear 


This includes all the obvious things like shin guards, goalie gear, cleats, socks, etc.


Soccer Ball


Teens will need a Size 5 soccer ball. Depending on the league, your teen may need to bring a ball to both games and practices.



Mouth guards


When Chloe still had her braces on, the orthodontist provided a mouth guard for her. Now that she is done with braces, she doesn't wear one.

Hair ties and headbands 


For female soccer players, these are important to keep hair out of the way—and the hair ties often break, so pack extra!


Hairbrush




Soccer Bag Essentials


Small first aid kit


This should include bandaids, antibiotic ointment, disinfectant wipes, ibuprofen/Tylenol, an instant cold pack, and a few large bandages for bigger scrapes.


Sunscreen/lip balm



Bug spray


Plastic bag 


This is nice to have for wet uniforms and stinky socks. You never know when you'll be playing in the rain and you don't want to get everything else in your bag wet and stinky,

A plastic grocery bag works great.

Warm-up pants



Long-sleeved sports shirts and sports leggings 


We live in Michigan. Soccer season can be really chilly up here and it's important for players to stay warm during cold weather games.



What every teen needs to pack in their soccer bag

Beanie or winter headband


Again, this is important if you live where it can still be cold during soccer season.


Soccer sandals 


Sports slides or other slip on shoes are great to have for after the game when you can't wait to take your cleats off.


Phone


This is especially important when parents can't attend the games—and make sure it's fully charged!

Snacks


Healthy, high protein snacks and fruit are best.


Water bottle


Bubi silicone water bottle
Nalgene water bottle
Insulated stainless steel sport water bottle

Sports brace


A year after this was originally posted, Chloe tore her ACL while playing soccer. After surgery and physical therapy and another year, she is back playing this season but she MUST wear her fancy medical sports brace.

Over the counter sports braces may be necessary depending on your child's injury. Always see a doctor before playing again after any type of knee injury.

Sports drink


In the past, I have not been a fan of the popular sugary sports drinks—I feel they defeat their purpose with all of the sugar and added dyes.



I recently discovered BODYARMOR sports drinks and I am really excited about them because they provide superior hydration with coconut water, electrolytes, and vitamins. They are high in potassium and low in sodium which is important for these kids out there giving their all on the soccer field!

There are no added dyes or artificial sweeteners and it is a healthier alternative to other sports drinks. I feel great about sending Chloe to the field with BODYARMOR sports drinks in her bag.

Chloe is excited about them because they come in several different flavors: fruit punch, strawberry-banana, tropical punch, orange-mango, mixed berry, blackout berry, grape, strawberry, and lemonade. I have to admit, they are pretty fun flavors.



If you're in Michigan, like I am,  you can purchase BODYARMOR at Kroger or Meijer stores. Check the website to find out how to purchase them in your area.

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

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