Attending all-day kid’s sporting events can be a lot of fun, but it can also be tiring and uncomfortable if you’re not adequately prepared. You love your kids and love watching them play, but there can be 4 to 5-hour games between games as well. No matter how great a game is, it can take its toll after sitting in the same spot for 6 hours of game time. Here are some tips to help you be more comfortable at your child’s next sports tournament or marathon game.

Dress in layers: The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to dress in layers. You can easily add or remove clothing as needed to stay comfortable. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking materials. The quickest way to hate life is to be too hot or cold. So grab that extra layer as you walk out that door, just incase; trust me, you won’t regret it.

Bring sunscreen and a hat: Being out in the sun all day can be taxing on your skin. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Chapped lips and sunburned faces are a great way to make you not look forward to your next sporting event. So take just that extra min to grab the chapstick with spa block and a tube of sunscreen.

Pack snacks and water: Being hungry or thirsty can make you uncomfortable. Pack snacks and water to help keep you fueled and hydrated throughout the day. Pack healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, or granola bars.  

Bring a comfortable camping chair: Sitting on hard bleachers or the ground for long periods of time can be uncomfortable. A portable camp chair can make all the difference in the world. Look for a chair that is supportive and has good back support. You can also find heated camp chairs to make those cold-weather games a little more bearable. Unfortunately, they have yet to make any chairs with built-in AC.  

Bring a small blanket: A small blanket can be a great addition to your gear. You can use it to keep warm or as a place to sit on the ground. You can also use it as a pillow to try and sneak in a quick nap between games.

Use earplugs or noise-canceling headphones: Loud noise can be hard on your ears and make it hard to focus on the game. Bring earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to help block out the noise. This will allow you to focus on the plays that matter and support your son or daughter.

Take breaks: Sitting in one place for a long time can be tiring. Take breaks and walk around to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Even if that is walking up and down the sidelines, getting up every hour or so will do wonders to keep you feeling good.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your child’s sports event comfortably and not have to worry about being uncomfortable. Taking care of yourself is essential so you can be fully present to cheer on your child and enjoy the game.