WHY DO YOU NEED CHEER BAGS?
Every cheerleader needs a bag to hold her essentials.
Cheer is a gear-heavy sport including uniforms, pom-poms, practice wear, and glam gear.
Going to practice or your next meet without a bag is the equivalent of showing up to work in your pajamas.
AREN’T CHEER BAGS JUST GYM BAGS?
Sure, you could think of a cheer bag as nothing more than an ordinary gym bag. Doing so means you miss out on the benefits of a genuine piece of cheer gear, however.
These bags are designed using heavy-duty materials ready to withstand the daily demands of cheer – including those early morning practices, over-the-summer cheer camps, competitions, and gym time.
They come in a variety of styles and sizes, and your coach might even adorn yours with a custom color or logo. More so, the storage inside is designed for the average cheerleader, giving you storage pockets for all the items you need to carry with you daily.
WHY USE A CHEER BAG? HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU COULD STORE IN YOUR BAG (AND SHOULD)
Instead of opting for your garden variety gym bag, consider a cheer one instead. They still come in a variety of styles, including duffle, backpack, and even fashion bags.
Your bag might cost a little more than a gym bag, but there is a good reason behind it. These bags are designed to hold your necessities. To show you why you need these bags, here’s a list of everything you should be carrying along with you during your cheer career:
You spent hours doing your hair for your next competition only for a band to break right before the big event.
Stuff your bag with the hair accessories and necessities you need to fix a messy do or a hair mishap. Most bags have smaller pockets for these items, so you do not have to dig through gear to find them.
When packing your bag, include extra hairpins, bands, a hairbrush, bows, and hairspray to tame any flyaway.
Cheerleaders have a surprising need for electronics. Not only do you go everywhere with your phone, but you might want to bring along your music device. For an event, you need a safe place to stash a camera. While you are at it, do not forget to bring along chargers and extra batteries.
SNACKS AND WATER
Going from class to practice to the gym leaves little time for eating. A good sized bag has spots for your water bottles, and even pouches on the side to store healthy snacks – including protein bars.
Having a dedicated bag means you do not accidentally leave behind your most precious uniform piece: your cheer shoes.
You spend time after each event cleaning your cheer shoes to keep them in check. Now you need a spot to stuff them while you go from one place to another.
The same goes for events. You have your cheer practice shoes, but you also have to cart around the performance shoes. According to Love to Know, two to three pairs of shoes is about right for cheerleaders. You want a bag that can handle that plus additional gear.
While you are packing shoes, do not forget extra socks. Sure, you do not need socks to compete or practice, but performing in sneakers without socks is never comfortable.
CHEER GEAR FOR THE OCCASION
Depending on the event or occasion, your gear might change. Most likely you need to bring along your uniform, warm-up gear, shoes, pom-poms, and body basics.
All of this takes up space – and not something your backpack can handle along with books and today’s lunch.
THOSE EXTRA ESSENTIALS
Over the months or years of cheerleading you have under your belt, you begin to create a list of essentials you must bring along. These include everything from deodorant to an extra change of clothes to a planner, so you keep track of upcoming cheer events.
As you can see, cheerleading means plenty of gear. You want a dedicated bag for all of that gear so that you are not changing it out constantly or worse, accidentally leaving pieces behind because you forgot to swap out your gym bag.
A FEW TIPS FOR BUYING THE RIGHT BAG FOR THE JOB
Now that you agree having a dedicated bag is ideal, the next step is to buy one. Take a look at the essentials mentioned above to get an idea of what you might need on a daily basis during cheer season.
Then, consider these tips while you do your bag shopping:
BOTTOM LINE: CHEERLEADING BAGS ARE ESSENTIAL GEAR
While it is another cost to add to the pile along with all your other cheer gear, these bags are must-haves for anyone getting into cheerleading.
The bag makes life convenient, especially as you get more serious about your sport. Plus, you can bring some of the comforts of home for long days at school, events that take you away from home, and the competitions keeping you out late.
Having a bag full of your gear and essentials means you are prepared. After spending all those weeks and countless hours at practice, you don’t want to be the cheerleader that shows to her next game without the right gear.