When you’re headed out the door for a big game, a tournament, or you’re just heading out to the park, there are some things that you should just always have with you.
And the single best way to make sure you don’t forget anything critical? Just keep it in your softball bag! Here are the top 10 most important things you should keep in your softball bag to avoid being caught out.
There’s nothing worse than getting to the game fresh faced and bushy tailed only to go home a blistered shell of your former self. Not to mention that you could do serious long-term harm.
So make sure you pack some sunscreen in your bag, even if it’s cloudy outside. You can still be burned when it’s overcast, and you never know when the sun will come out. Don’t worry too much about getting the highest SPF you can find, though – anything over 30 and you’ll be fine.
2. Personal (ahem) gear
For guys, a cup is 100% essential, not only to avoid some fairly serious pain but also for your health. A ball to the balls can cause serious and irreparable damage, which no one wants.
For ladies, a stash of feminine products is a good idea. You never know exactly when you’re going to need them and you don’t want to be uncomfortable (or even off the field!) at the bottom of the sixth.
3. Fielders mask
Does it look dorky? Yes. Can be uncomfortable? You bet.
But will it stop some serious bodily harm? Absolutely.
Make sure you don’t leave home without it stashed in your softball bag even if it’s not your first choice of fashion accessory.
Given the damage that getting hit in the head with a softball causes, it’s REALLY not worth the risk.
4. Comfortable shoes
Cleats might be great for the field, but they’re also terrible for literally any other setting.
First, they’re extraordinarily uncomfortable. Walking across hard floors or on concrete is very unpleasant.
Second, they look a little out of place at the bar afterward, especially when they’re smelly and covered in mud.
And third, walking around off the field is a super effective way to reduce the lifespan of your cleats. You’ll wear down the teeth to nothing if you’re not careful.
S throw a pair of sandals, Chuck Taylor’s, or Toms into your bag and save your cleats for the game.
5. Water bottle
The best thing you can do for your body when you’re in the middle of a close game (or not so close game, for that matter) is STAY HYDRATED.
It’s absolutely critical to your gameplay and your health.
Baking in an open field in the sun for hours, especially all decked out in dark colors, and your body will be churning through water at an alarming rate.
And frankly, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll suffer severe dehydration (it can happen!), but you still probably won’t want to be rushed to the hospital.
6. Your bat
Yes, your bat. There’s no point in honing the perfect batting stance if you’ve only got hand to swing at the ball with. Because you left your bat in the garage.
So always, ALWAYS leave your bat in your softball bag.
In all honesty, there’s really almost never a reason to take it out. Bats, unlike gloves, don’t really require that much maintenance, and unlike other things on this list, you don’t exactly need to replenish you bat stocks.
For an instant boost to your softball game, ALWAYS use your own bat.
7. Spare zip lock bags
Don’t bother packing ice packs or those blue blocks from the freezer. Someone at the field always has ice in a cooler. So just bring a couple extra zip lock bags with you for instant ice packs that are a lot more transportable and can just live in your softball bag. Plus, you never know when you’re going to need a little plastic bag, so they’re always going to be good to have.
Softball is a hard sport on your joints:
- Shoulders for pitchers and batters
- Knees for basemen and catchers
- Everything at once when you slide into home
Keep a bit of Ibuprofen around can do wonders to reduce the swelling in joints that causes the pain and keep you going strong in those longer games.
9. Backup glove
First off, your glove might break. It’s not very likely if you’re doing semi-regular glove maintenance, but it happens. And you don’t want to be forced to use some crummy spare glove. You want to use the glove that’s best for you. Second, not everyone is going to be as prepared as you. And with a team of 10, then the odds are pretty good that pretty much every game, someone will forget their glove.
A spare glove covers you and your team for just such forgetfulness.
10. Bug spray
Bugs are a fact of summer, but they can totally wreck your softball game if you’re not careful.
Unlike other sports like soccer, softball involves a fair amount of standing around.
Which makes you a ripe target for mosquitos and other biting insects.
Keep some bug spray in your bag for just such moments and you can’t go wrong.
Softball bag packing list summary
Your softball bag doesn’t have to be this heaving behemoth that takes you a friend to carry. But a few extras like the nine key items we mentioned are sure to make your life a lot easier. Of course, the list of what you have in your softball bag is only half the story. Make sure you’ve got the best equipment for you to get the most out of your softball game.