Travel League Road Trip Tips

June 15, 2012

This is a sponsored guest post by Dale Cooper:

One of the most supportive things you can do as a parent is to accompany your athletic son or daughter to their travel league games. The road trip is a great way to spend time together, and travel leagues will encourage a healthy competitiveness in your child. Depending on the travel league and schedule, you could be away for a few days at a time, so keep these tips in mind before you take your next road trip.

Before the road trip: Just like with any road trip, keep in mind your destination and how long you’ll be away. If it’s a long drive, bring a lot of snacks, reading material and music to listen to. If you have time to kill before you get to where you’re going, plan to stop at a few destinations along the way. Use the road trip to explore parts of the state or country you haven’t seen before. To get the most out of the time you’ll be spending with your son or daughter, research places you might want to visit before starting your road trip. Whether you’re interested in national parks or exploring unfamiliar cities, a travel league road trip is the perfect time to see something new.

Before the game: It’s also a good idea to know what to expect when you get to the town where the travel league game will take place. If it’s a smaller town, you’ll probably want to book a hotel ahead of time, since several teams’ worth of players, coaches, officials and spectators can quickly fill up the available lodging. In larger cities, research a few local places to visit and eat so you don’t waste time finding things to do after you arrive.

After the game: No matter the game’s outcome, be supportive and take your son or daughter out for a meal afterward. You can celebrate the great plays and eventual victory, or talk about what the team could do better next time. It’s sometimes necessary to remind your child that how the game is played is more important than the result. The goal is to have fun.

Before heading out on your travel league road trip, make sure your vehicle is covered by auto insurance. Finding discount auto insurance is easy; just compare several auto insurance rates  and choose the provider that offers the coverage you need at an affordable price.


  1. This fits right in with what so many are saying. Make the most of the time you have with your children. I like the tips, little reminders of things to be prepared for so things don’t go awry. So time and fun can be more enjoyable.
    Gladys P

  2. Great tips!

    We have two daughters and they are both competitive athletes. Our youngest daughter is on a dance team which requires a great deal of travel. We have a competition checklist that we go over at least two days before we are to leave. We are always sure to have plenty of healthy snacks and water with us for the road trip, the hotel, and the day(s) of competition. My daughter has certain things she brings with her to occupy herself during the road trip and between dances at competition. Sometimes it will be a family event and we will all go. In these cases we always try to do something during our down time; something as a family.

  3. These are great tips, Amy! I don’t have kids yet but my sister plays something almost every season. 🙂

  4. I love these ideas! We are always taking road trips!

  5. These are great tips!

  6. I can remember the days the kids had to travel… some of them were good, some not so much. I would never have let them go alone… I think a kid needs their parent(s) with them at away games.

  7. So far my kiddos are road warriors, RJ did great on our trip from Texas to Florida when he was 2. And he’s made a couple of trips across the state to El Paso too. Technology is helpful, we have a portable dvd player, but I also brought letter cards and quizzed him on the alphabet and letter sounds. We have fun traveling together 🙂

  8. Great tips. My son joined the track team this year and driving him back and forth to meet did allow for some great conversations.

  9. These are great tips! When the kids were younger we always went to their away games. So I think this was a great post! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Great tips! We always traveled to our kids games and athletic events. Great time was spent together and my kids still talk about how My mom,Dad, my husband and I never missed an event.

  11. So many of my friends are involved with their children on this level. Since my stepson is in college now, my kids haven’t been on travel teams. I do a lot of carpooling with the school now, and I do have my insurance rated right for that. I love being involved with my kids!

  12. I do really love your ideas. It will really come in handy with the granddaughters. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wendi Scharrer says:

    We travel for my sons engine competitions and I would not trade a second of it for anything. Spending time with your children and making it a great experience for all is the key.

  14. When bub was on a travel team I did many of the suggestions above, thanks for sharing!

  15. This is a great way to get the kids to stay occupied on Road Trips! And to play the game for fun and not be so concerned about winning!

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