• A Look Inside a Minor Leaguer's Travel Bag

    Being a minor league baseball player has taught me to be an expert packer. I travel with a baseball bag and a backpack, what goes into my backpack has to serve a purpose because everything takes up space and there isnít very much of it.

    Game Glove
    My glove gets treated well. I often use the phrase, "treat your glove well and it will treat you well." On airplanes it is carried on, if it is a passenger in my car it usually rides shotgun. Ask many infielders and they will tell you something similar.
    Electronics
    What did minor leaguers do before technology? I don't think I want to know. My Ipad gives me the internet, games and more while on the road. A wireless keyboard allows me to type articles on the run. My Ipod has 4000 songs at the touch of a button.

    Reading Materials
    I always travel with a book and my Bible. Right now my book is Wild at Heart. Reading is a great way to spend quality time on the bus and during locker room/hotel free time.

    Clothing
    Clothing is less important to minor league trips than it is to typical travel. I pack one or two outifts for a road trip. This includes the one on my back on travel day. Before you tell me that's dirty, keep in mind I am at the field for around 8 hours a day. This means I only wear my outfit for 6-8 hours each day. Clothing is the item that takes up the most room in my backpack, it needs to be packed with intent. If it isnít going to be worn, it isn't making the trip.

    Miscellaneous Items
    An empty water bottle is a must. Staying hydrated on the road is vital. Sleeping on the bus is difficult at times, so I include a pillow and an eye cover. This ensures that I am always well rested.

    A bag of toiletries rounds out my travel bag for roadtrips. I travel light and keep things simple. Others travel with a couple of bags, while I prefer not to.

    How would you pack for a road trip if you were a minor leaguer? Is there anything else you would include?

    Follow me for the back end of the 2012 season! @apettersen1

    This article was originally published in blog: A Look Inside a Minor Leaguer's Travel Bag started by AJPettersen
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      THANK YOU for giving us a good read on a day when there's a fair amount of disagreement on the board.

      It adds a lot to this site to read your persepective and those of the other minor leaguers who post. Made my day.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Great read, but dude, guys wear clothes, not outfits.....
    1. jeff berg's Avatar
      jeff berg -
      I would also include a knife, I don't go anywhere without a knife.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Nice blooper today in the 6th, A.J. Was at the game and enjoyed it (especially the 2nd inning).
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Really like the article AJ. Keep on sluggin' and make TD even more proud!
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      I like the reading selections.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Good article--good luck the rest of the season. Whenever I travel I pack a sudoku book (or games magazine) for the times I dont feel like reading.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      THANK YOU for giving us a good read on a day when there's a fair amount of disagreement on the board.

      It adds a lot to this site to read your persepective and those of the other minor leaguers who post. Made my day.
      I am glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and for the kind words.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Really like the article AJ. Keep on sluggin' and make TD even more proud!
      Thanks! The community here at Twins Daily is awesome. I am honored I am allowed to contribute.
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