How to Organize Your Car for the Kids’ Sports Season

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.

On our weekends, we spend a fair amount of time as a family hanging out at sports fields. And while our main reason for being there is to cheer on our son or daughter who is playing soccer (as well as for their entire team)… the reality is that I will also need to simultaneously keep a gaggle of siblings happy as well. So aside from tossing $20 bills to the ice cream man to keep my kids content, and sending them off to the playground for yet another hour…. I need to have a back-up plan. Preferably one that sits in my car, just waiting for the right moment to be called into action. Perhaps you do too….

How to Organize Your Car for the Kids Sports Season

Which is why it is good to have your car organized for the start of the kids’ sports season!

Getting Cars Ready for Sports- the bag

Some things in the back of this car are basic necessities- a few chairs to sit on, a couple of blankets with water-proof bottoms for the kids to lay on, and sunscreen. And some things are for emergencies- an extra pair of shin guards and soccer socks, an extra sweatshirt for a parent or a child that is chilled, an umbrella or two, some paper and crayons to entertain the kids who are bored, a few bottles of water in the event that your child or a teammate has forgotten theirs at home, and of course a first aid kit to bandage sports injuries and playground boo-boos.

Getting Cars Ready for Sports- important stuff

And then there are items in here for EMERGENCIES! Snacks for tired and grumpy kids. Candy when they’ve eaten all the snacks and you need to keep them happy for just a little while longer. A deck of cards, a stashed-away game (ours is “left-right-center”) that you can pull out when you’ve reached the end of your rope, and it feels new and exciting to the kids.

Getting Cars Ready for Sports- my car

And of course if you are fortunate enough to drive an oversized Mommy bus as I do, you can just tuck everything underneath the back row of seats, and leave plenty of cargo space available for the 47 bags of groceries that I need to pack in here after my weekly run to the store!

Getting Cars Ready for Sports- Steve's Car

But the same idea also works for my husband’s car- an SUV where we put into action the 3rd row of seats which leaves us with mere inches of trunk space!

So what did I forget? Are there any other items that you like to tuck into the back of your car during the kids’ sports season? Please leave a comment and share!

Sharon Rowley Head Shot 150 x 150 Thumbnail If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and holding a DIY summer camp! You can also find me over on GreatFamilyRoadTrips– where I share ideas and itineraries to inspire you to hit the road!





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8 Responses to How to Organize Your Car for the Kids’ Sports Season

  1. 1
    Hilda @ From Overwhelmed To Organized says

    Great tips! My daughter is SO not a fan of her brother’s baseball games and practices but usually has to come along due to my hubby’s work schedule. She usually packs some books and it keeps her happy for about 1/2 the time. Electronics help too :)

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      Sharon at Momof6 says

      Another thing that worked for us last year was the Rainbow Loom. My younger ones would bring their kits and before long, other kids would come over and they would be making bracelets with all of the players’ younger siblings!

  2. 2
    amber says

    I have an SUV like your husband. What are those bungees that cross? Looks like something I need!

  3. 3
    S. Davis says

    I love the use of bungee cords in the back on the metal areas to keep things contained & safer in even t of an accident!

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    Janet Barclay says

    Our boys are so close in age that they were usually involved in the same activities at the same time, but I always admired the parents who were able to keep their whole family entertained during games. I can’t even imagine managing six!

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    Nancy Haworth says

    Great organization! The use of the bungee cords is a wonderful idea!

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    Debbie Pendell says

    Sharon has obviously been to a few games. ;) She has a great list to go by.


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