Cheerleaders have to be prepared for anything. Living a cheer
lifestyle is fast and furious, requiring cheerleaders to be ready for practice,
competitions, travel, school days, and the sidelines–usually with little time
in between! From the items in a cheer bag to the bag itself, cheerleaders have
to accessorize properly in order to have everything they need on hand when they need it. Although
some cheerleaders would prefer having a whole store's inventory at their disposal, there
are five main items that all cheerleaders cannot live without:
1. A compartmentalized bag. Longtime cheerleaders know that they need more than
five items at all times (although some are more important than others!)
Therefore, a cheerleader’s best friend is her choice of bag. Compartmentalized
bags with enough sections allow cheerleaders to know exactly where their cheer
necessities are when it gets down to crunch time.
2. Glitter. When you’re on the go, you can’t stop to redo or touch up your makeup.
Because of such busy schedules, smart cheerleaders carry around with them a
couple of different colors of glitter for the quick transitions between school
time and cheer time. Plus, a touch of glitter adds glow wherever you go!
3. Snacks. Having to run around from schools to sidelines to social events can deplete a cheerleader's energy supply, especially if there is no time to eat! In order to stay
healthy and happy throughout the year, a cheerleader needs to maintain a
well-balanced diet involving fruits and vegetables, carbs, and sugars–yes, I
said sugars! If you know you have a jam-packed day ahead of you, make sure you
pack your cheer bag with yummy snacks from home, such as celery with peanut
butter, trail mix, protein bars, or even candy. Just don’t forget to hydrate
4. A big, big bow. If you don’t have time to change between school and a social
event, nothing says you’re a stylish cheerleader like rocking a jumbo performance
bow wherever you go. Bows are totally trending this year, so put your
personality in the spotlight by choosing to rep a unique design. Or rotate
seven bows for each day of the week. Like I said, bows are so hot right now…
5. Support. Cheerleaders are constantly under a lot of pressure, and that goes
without saying for both sideline and competitive cheer teams. Stress is hard to deal with, especially when it's over an activity that you normally enjoy and compounded with other life factors like school, family, friends, and future goals. No matter the
age, no matter the level, cheerleaders need a support group to rely on when
times get to be too stressful because at the end of the day, cheerleaders do what they do for the love of their sport. If you’re a coach or a parent, this is the most important
thing to remember in order to keep your cheerleaders from getting discouraged.
Do you think there are other cheerleader
must-haves? Tell us in the comments other things you cannot cheer without.