Going out of town and getting your house prepared and animals taken care of etc is always a bit stressful. In our household we always leave our house freshly cleaned so when we get home we only have to deal with putting away what we brought. It works for our family and might for everyone else. The main point of this blog is to help everyone remember all the items that you need to pack for your hockey tournament. Our list is broken down into segments: Hickey Game Items, Clothes, Toiletries, Travel Items, Food & Beverages, Hotel Kids Items, and Hockey Coach Items.
I myself help coach our team, most of the tournaments each coach has a responsibility to make sure we have something for the team; we usually just send out a text and make sure all the items below are accounted for so we don’t get to the rink unprepared for the weekend.
Before we get to the list I want to talk about a few do’s and dont’s. Some hotels, especially ones very close to rinks are usually ok with kids playing in the hall, playing mini sticks, ect. Some however are not, we always call the hotel a few days before we are going to see what their policies are; its no fun showing up the first day and getting reprimanded for the kids playing in the halls ect. If the hotels are not ok with it, we ask them for a complimentary meeting room; normally most hotels have these and these are great for the kids to hang out as a group in and play all sorts of games. Be respectful and the hotel personnel will steer clear of your group.
Adult Beverages are also a big question mark depending on if your in the US or in Canada. We always recommend our team’s families to bring full koozies to cover up any cans, or poor the beverages into a normal cup. Don’t bring unwanted attention to your group!
Below is a master list that we have compiled over the years that makes our job easier to get packed and out the door.