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Travel Packing List Tips for Sports Events

Traveling to major sporting events is so much fun, whether it’s a tennis grand slam, the Olympic Games, or the FIFA World Cup. It’s a chance to see the best of the best compete while you take in the surroundings of a new city, or if you’re lucky, a few cities! While traveling for sports is fun, it also takes a lot of planning, and a big part of that planning is sorting out what you need to bring with you.

To help you make the best packing list for your next big sporting adventure, here you can find our list divided into three categories:

  • Travel essentials every traveler needs regardless of the purpose and destination
  • Specific packing list tips for summer, as this is when many major events and tournaments take place
  • Sports related packing tips for anyone traveling to a major sporting tournament or event.

Travel Essential Every Traveler Needs

Travel Insurance

Life is becoming increasingly unpredictable, making travel insurance increasingly important. Finding a reliable provider and extensive coverage will go a long way in giving you peace of mind for any case.

A Valid passport

A passport is the one item your trip can’t do without. If you don’t have a valid passport, all the planning and packing you did will be for naught. Ensure your passport’s expiry date is four to six months away to avoid further questioning.  

When we go on vacation abroad, when we’re at the door, I usually advise everyone to check that our passports are with us. It’s meant to avoid the painful “I thought you had it” conversation at the airport.

Pro tip: Make photocopies of your passports and bring them with you. It will make restoring them easier if you lose them, God forbid.

Driver’s license

It’s always good to carry another form of identification if you lose your passport. A driver’s license will come in handy if you decide to travel by car at any point in your trip.

Flight Details, Hotel Reservations

Thankfully, you don’t need to carry them physically but make sure they are readily accessible on your phone to avoid wasting time at the airport and at customs.

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Money

Bring cash and more than one credit card. The extra card will cover you in case you lose one card, and the cash might turn out to be a lifesaver if you come across a market or small store that doesn’t take card payments.

Phone Gear

Packaging a portable charger or a backup battery (or both) together with your regular charger is recommended. Phone batteries usually work overtime when traveling, and you want to avoid rationing your mobile phone usage.

  • Travel eSIM Card

The next generation of SIM cards, the eSIM is a SIM card you fit into your phone that lets you switch between networks or plans without swapping out SIM cards. Stay connected while traveling for sporting events.

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You will probably want to document this unique experience for your friends, family, and yourself. If your phone doubles as a camera, a stabilizer will instantly upgrade the quality of your photos and videos.

Personal Entertainment

Every trip includes a fair amount of downtime, waiting, and traveling, so bringing a book, magazine, and your favorite music will keep you from being too bored.

Packing for the Summer

The European Championships, Copa America, the Summer Olympic Games, all major tennis grand slams, the FIFA World Cup… If you’re heading to one of these events, you’ll be traveling for sports during the summer. Here’s what you need to stay cool, comfortable, and ready to watch your favorite teams and athletes on the big stage.

Bathing suit, beach towel

One of my golden travel rules is never to go anywhere without a swimsuit and a beach towel. Whether it’s a hotel pool, a picturesque river, or a beautiful beach, you want to be able to dive in that water whenever an opportunity presents itself! Plus, a towel can come in handy regardless of whether you’re in the water or not.

Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Hat

While you’re in the sun, remember that sun safety is paramount. After all, managing through crowds with sunburned skin is not a fun experience. So pack a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun-protecting hat or cap to cover your sun safety needs.

T-shirts, Packable Jacket

People aren’t kidding when they say “pack for all seasons.” Even if you’re expecting warm daytime temperatures, many places become much cooler in the evening, so it’s important to have versatile clothing like a lightweight jacket that doesn’t take up too much space in your luggage.

Travel Umbrella, Rain Jacket

Rain is a possibility any time of the year, so bring a compact travel umbrella to be prepared for every type of weather. Just be sure to check the rules before taking your umbrella into a stadium – not all venues allow them. 

Collapsible Water Bottle

Hydration is essential in the Summer, and buying water bottles can be expensive. It’s also wasteful and polluting. As long as you’re traveling to a part of the world where the tap water is safe to drink, so carrying a reusable bottle will help you save money and help the planet.

Socket Adapter

Speaking from experience, there’s nothing worse than forgetting to travel with an adapter. If you’re going somewhere with different plugs, make sure you bring one! Pro tip – the universal ones are a great choice, especially for regular sports travelers, and many also contain USB ports.

Outdoor Clothing & Shoes

Outdoor activities, like hiking and cycling, are a great way to explore a new city. So, if you want to take advantage of the beautiful trails and nature of the world around you, pack waterproof shoes or boots and comfortable outdoor clothing.

Shoes

Depending on your itinerary, consider packing another pair of comfortable walking shoes together with flip-flops or sandals for the beach or sketchy hotel showers.

Packing List Tips for Sporting Events

Stadium Essentials

  • Maybe the second most important item to have with you on your trip is your match ticket and identification
  • Since stadium security is pretty tight in big tournaments and sporting events, you should check the bag policy of the stadium you are going to and prepare a clear plastic bag with all the essentials for the match.
  • You might start feeling uncomfortable sitting on a stadium seat for a long time, so consider bringing a portable seat cushion (if allowed) for added comfort during the match.

Luggage

When it comes to luggage, you must consider the nature of your trip. Do you have a central hub where you take day trips to different points of interest and sporting events like football matches? might be best off with a large suitcase and a couple of day bags. Or conversely, will you be moving a lot from city to city? Then you could take a small suitcase or backpack.

On top of your main luggage, take a few light foldable bags for shopping and whatnot. 

Action Camera

If you genuinely want to capture the atmosphere and excitement of live sports, an action camera is the perfect thing to have. And don’t worry if you don’t have any videography skills. An action cam will take your videos to another level even if you aren’t a professional. The latest GoPro, Insta360 and DJI are the leading models. Still, you can find excellent action cams under $100 if you prefer a budget option. Whatever action cam you choose will take your videos to the next level. 

Fan gear

Being a fan isn’t just about having a great time when you’re traveling for sports, it’s also about doing everything you can to cheer on your favorite team or players. Make sure you have all the fan gear you need, whether it’s a shirt, scarf, hat, or even face paint if you really want to show your spirit.

Ear plugs, sleep mask, travel pillow 

While these are excellent things to take with you on any trip, it’s an even more important item to have on your packing list for sporting events. After all, you’ll be around big crowds and lots of noise during many parts of this trip, and having a good sleeping kit will help you take a nap in any condition. 

Luggage safety

Here’s another must-have on our best travel packing list tips for sports tournaments. Keeping your luggage safe when traveling for sports events is challenging enough, but crowded events like tournaments make it even harder.

Bring a luggage lock to prevent thieves from opening your bag, and consider taking an anti-theft backpack that will always stay with you.

Overall

When planning what to pack on your trip to your next sports match, first take care of the essential items you take on all your travels, then consider the destination and the expected weather, and finally, think what will help you travel to, from, and around the stadiums and arenas. Follow this guide and make traveling to live sporting events a success. Safe travels!