Opening Day is less than a week away, so in preparation, I’ve put together this list of the top 15 things to pack for a Cincinnati Reds game.
I love the Reds. Honestly, I’ve lost count of how many Opening Day’s I’ve been to. Opening Day is basically considered a holiday in Cincinnati. A holiday that kids skip school to attend.
Just close the schools. They close school for county fairs, so I mean, come on.
Cameron and I even got married on top of Carew Tower on Opening Day in 2016. April 4, 2016, if you want to send us anniversary gifts.
Now, even though we would totally go anyway, we have to go to Opening Day because it’s our anniversary. The actual date is never the same, but who cares?
If you’ve ever been to Cincinnati Reds Opening Day, you know that 90% of the time, the weather is uncooperative and miserable. Because of this, you’ll notice that my top 15 things to pack for a Cincinnati Reds game is kind of all over the place.
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There are things for rain, shine, the heat, and the cold. In Cincinnati, you can’t get used to any type of weather for too long, because it’s always the complete opposite the next day. Not fun.
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What to Pack For a Cold and Rainy Baseball Game:
- Umbrella – Mostly for walking to and from the ballpark. For the actual game, see the next thing on the list.
- Poncho – They do sell these inside the ballpark, but they’re like $10. We paid the $10 to get them once, and now we remember to bring them every time it rains, so we don’t have to pay for them ever again.
- Jacket – I specifically bought this North Face rain jacket for Reds Opening Day, because I’ve learned my mistake about 15 times.
- Gloves – They sell gloves inside the ballpark, but if you’re going to spend that much money on gloves, at least get these North Face gloves with the Etip.
- Blanket – If you have a Reds blanket, bring that one, obviously.
- Hot Hands – Truly one of the greatest inventions of all time.
What to Pack for a Hot and Sunny Baseball Game
- Handheld Fan – You know how every time you’re on the verge of a heat stroke, you see someone using their very own, personal fan? That could be you, if you plan ahead.
- Cooling Towel – I’m actually very impressed with myself for thinking of this, and hope I remember to refer back to this list next time I go to a Reds Game in August’s sweltering heat.
- Sunscreen – You should probably wear this regardless of what the weather is like, but especially if it’s hot and sunny. I use La Roche-Posay because I’m paranoid and melasma prone.
- Sunglasses – They will make you look really cool and keep the sun out of your eyes.
What to Pack for Cincinnati Reds Opening Day:
- Coozie – Maybe a little ridiculous, but everyone starts drinking at like 10am on Opening Day, so you may as well keep your beer cold. Sometimes, you can catch people handing out free coozies, though.
- Baseball Glove – Use it to catch foul balls, get it signed, etc. and so on.
- Camera/Cell Phone – You’ll probably have this, but in case you forget.
- Unopened Bottled Water – Don’t pay for water, if you don’t have to. Am I right?
- Backpack – You need something to carry all the things I just told you to bring.
That’s it! Did I forget anything? What other things would you pack for a Cincinnati Reds game?
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Cameron IronsMarch 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
2019 is the Reds year. I’m certain.
rachelcorinneApril 1, 2019 at 11:40 am
I hope so. It was definitely the year for Opening Day. Didn’t even need the rain jacket that I specifically bought for Reds Opening Day. Guess we’ll have to go to a rainy game now.
Marette FloraMarch 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm
I have been to Opening Day for the Cubs a few times and it’s always soooo cold. I don’t think I’ll do that this year. haha Great tips!
rachelcorinneApril 1, 2019 at 11:39 am
I bet it is cold! Haha. I’ve been to Wrigley Field once. I’d love to visit every ball park!
MarMarch 28, 2019 at 10:04 am
The Blue Jays home opener is today, and my husband is taking our 3 year old. It will be her very first game and she’s so excited!
rachelcorinneApril 1, 2019 at 11:38 am
HOW FUN! Our daughter will be going to her first Reds game sometime this year… May, I think.
AmandaMarch 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm
Great tips! You are all set for your first game!
rachelcorinneApril 1, 2019 at 11:38 am
I didn’t even need half of these things since the weather was so nice!
RadhaMay 10, 2019 at 4:02 am
wow, great post.Your tips really helped me lot.