As a proud parent, you undoubtedly love going to your child’s games. The fall provides a chance to play in cooler weather, making it easy to enjoy yourself on nice days. But you may struggle to be enthusiastic when cold, rainy weather sets in. Youth soccer fields, football fields, and baseball fields especially can be colder because they typically have few trees or buildings to block the wind. Follow these 14 tips for parents to stay warm while cheering on your child!
It might be too early to wear your parka and winter scarf from day to day, but they’ll come in handy when you’re sitting outside at practice on a cold fall morning! Now’s the time to grab the box of winter gear from the basement so you have access to everything you need.
Depending on where you live, the weather could be vary this time of year. Maybe the morning starts bitter, but then the sun comes out, and it starts warming up. When this happens, you want the option to remove your heavy coat, scarf, and even the sweater underneath. Dressing in layers ensures you can adjust your comfort level according to the temperature.
If you’re certain the weather won’t warm up while you’re at your child’s game, consider thermal underwear as your bottom-most layer. A fleece-lined version provides the softest feel against your skin.
Heat escapes from the top of your head, so it’s important to wear an insulating hat to chilly outdoor games. A simple beanie will do in mild weather, but when the temperature drops, consider a water-resistant, faux-fur-lined hat with adjustable ear flaps for the most warmth.
Having comfortably toasty hands is critical to staying comfortable at fall games. You can even combine hand warmers with your winter gloves for twice the warmth. If you want a more high-tech option, you can find winter gloves with internal electric coils that keep your hands warm, front and back.
After your hands, the next most important part of your body to keep warm is your feet. Wool socks are better than cotton because they insulate while wicking moisture away from your skin. Take it up a notch with heated socks that use the same technology as heated gloves.
It’s wise to pair your wool or heated socks with waterproof footwear. After all, the last thing you want is damp feet, which makes it impossible to shake that uncomfortable cold, wet feeling.
The simplest hand warmers are completely portable, with no prep work required. Just shake or crush them to activate the heat, and tuck them into your gloves, pockets, or boots. If you prefer a reusable product, try microwaveable heating pads. Prepare one shortly before heading out the door, and it should stay toasty for the entire game. The most high-tech option is a rechargeable hand warmer, which you can turn on and off at will and reuse again and again.
When all else fails, drape a blanket over your lap, or even wrap one around your body and over your head. A heavy comforter or fleece blanket provides the most warmth, but be aware that it could get wet or dirty on the sidelines.
Another heat source option is an outdoor, propane-powered space heater. Anyone sitting nearby can also enjoy the expansive heating capabilities of a small, clean-burning yet powerful space heater. This is a great investment if your child plays competitive sports year-round.
You may find it worthwhile to warm your body from the inside out. Fill an insulated travel tumbler with hot chocolate, coffee, or tea to sip on throughout your child’s game.
Sitting on cold, metal bleachers is enough to sap all the heat from your body. Fortunately, you can get around this in several ways—sit on a folded-up blanket, bring a padded cushion, or set up a camping chair.
If rain is in the forecast, don’t get caught without an umbrella. This simple solution can keep you dry while you cheer on your young athlete.
One-up the umbrella idea with your own personal weather pod. This creative invention encloses your camping chair in an egg-like capsule to keep you out of the wind and rain. At the same time, clear flaps ensure unobstructed views of the game.
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