Top 40 Items to Take to Your Kid’s Track Meet

Berries Image_with TextOur first track meet of the season is rapidly approaching. The kid’s first meet is this coming Saturday and they are really excited. I, however, am in full pack-mule mode. In the past week, I’ve purchased over 100 bottles of drinks alone! Over the years I have compiled a list of the top 40 items that I like to pack for a track meet. Generally, these meets are all day long so you need snack food, lunch food, recovery food as well as basic health and first aid items.

If you are getting ready for your first meet, you may not need everything on this list, but you can use my list to devise your own. Now, this list does not include the gear that your athletes will need – that is another blog post entirely. Here is what I take:

  1. Tent with Tent Stakes
  2. Hammer
  3. Folding Chairs
  4. Folding Table
  5. Large Fan with Batteries
  6. Kids Hand-held Fans with Batteries
  7. Large (really large) Cooler with Ice Packs
  8. 1-Gallon Zip Bags for Ice
  9. Cash for concession stand
  10. Smoothies (frozen)
  11. Water Bottles
  12. Skittles (for a post-meet treat)
  13. Gatorade / Powerade
  14. Flavored Fizzy Water
  15. Energy Chews
  16. Juice Boxes
  17. Muffins (our favorite is lemon poppyseed)
  18. Chocolate Peanut Butter
  19. Dried Fruit or Trail Mix
  20. Fresh Fruit – melons, bananas, grapes, apples
  21. Granola Bars / Protein Bars
  22. Pasta Salad
  23. Mints
  24. Plastic Spoons and Forks
  25. Straws
  26. Paper Plates or Plastic Cups
  27. Napkins
  28. Trash Bag
  29. Event Schedule
  30. Wet Wipes
  31. Sunscreen
  32. Bug Spray
  33. Safety Pins (for bib number)
  34. Kids Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  35. Kids Pepto Bismol
  36. Cough Syrup
  37. Ice Packs
  38. Heat Packs
  39. Bandages
  40. Small Towels to chill and put on neck

I will go into detail about some of these items later. So I don’t spend hours scrambling for all of these items, I keep some of them bagged together all of the time. For instance, I keep a bag of bug spray and sunscreen in the closet so when we leave for a track meet it is ready. I also keep the health and first aid items bagged together so I can just grab and go.

I used to take sandwiches to meets but the kids get so hot during the day that they don’t always feel like eating a sandwich so last year I switched to smoothies. You can make the smoothies ahead of time and freeze them. We we get to the meet, I take the smoothies out of the cooler and let them thaw. Usually, they are ready to eat by lunch time.

Good luck packing for your next track meet. What else do you like to take?


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One Response to Top 40 Items to Take to Your Kid’s Track Meet

  1. Grandpa says:

    stopwatch, camera, sunglasses, visor or cap with bill

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