The last several years of the big bag have been so helpful to game-goers who need things at the game, namely those going with kids. The downside of taking a bag is you have to wait in the bag inspection line when getting into the stadium, while gazing at all the people (mainly men)smoothly flying through the no-bags line. But I always need "stuff". Here are some game bag lists.
Now I'm loving the resurgence of across the shoulder bags...so much more comfortable on the trek to your seats than the giant bag.
For the "No Bags" line gal:
I didn't invent this acronym in case you're wondering. And I'm pretty sure it was invented pre-2000 because it doesn't include your phone. So,remember MILK + phone! If there is rain in the forecast, take a bag so you can tote in your rain gear (see postscript below). Wear some sunscreen so you're all set for a day game. Oh my goodness...and don't forget your ticket!
For the Bag girl sans little ones:
Ticket(s)+ MILK + phone
+camera (if you don't like the photos your phone takes)
+water bottle (if your walk is long...you'll have to throw it out before entering the stadium)
For the Bag girl with little ones:
ALL of the above
+non-melting snacks and water bottle hidden in the bottom (for long concession line emergencies, or if your child is hungry when your team is at 4th and Goal)
+diversions (small toys, paper and crayons, binoculars)
And if there's a baby in your gameday crew: diapers, pacifier, burp cloth, change of clothes, feeding needs (security should let in bottles), Baby Bjorn (handy for the walk in). When my guys were little, I bought a foldable portable booster seat/high chair thing. I had a ticket for the chair plus baby and it was AWESOME! I strapped that chair to the bleacher and the baby was happily not pasted to me and had a tray for snacks. I am fully aware it sounds nuts to go to this length to take my baby to a game, but remember that football is our livelihood...and it was special to have my babies there with me at some games (but thank goodness for all the gameday babysitters I've used through the years!) .
Postscript concerning rain...
A poncho works great and takes up little space for those popup showers. If rain is sporadic and the weather is hot, the poncho can be taken on and off and it will preserve your outfit. The poncho keeps you super dry and it is efficiently packable. (And the word "poncho" has always made me laugh.) However, when rain is in the forecast and the weather is cooler, a trench and cute rain hat in your team colors will make your outfit. Now, God forbid, there is torrential rain in the forecast, you may need to bag your outfit for all out full rain gear (full rain gear=rain pants, rain coat and rain boots). If you're not enough into your team to sit in a downpour for them, get your ticket to someone who does want to sit in the rain and you go to a dry, warm bar to watch! Remember that umbrellas are not allowed into any stadiums.
And if it's freezing cold...take a blanket. Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments...