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Cooperstown Dreams Park Player Packing Checklist

Headed to Cooperstown, New York this summer? You’ve already spent a fortune to get there so here’s the Cooperstown Dreams Park player packing checklist on a budget.

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Guys!  If you are reading this, then you have your registration in and you’re going to Cooperstown Dreams Park!  You are going to LOVE it and have so much fun and it was a great experience watching all the games and seeing sites in the area. I was seeing all kinds of packing checklists so I decided to keep track of what I bought and make a list of what we needed.

 I thought some of the lists were crazy about all the things they tell you to bring.  Here’s my Cooperstown Dreams Park player packing checklist for the items my baseball player actually used!

view of baseball field with green fence around it, boy in blue baseball uniform looking at baseball that in his hand

Cooperstown Dreams Park Tips

As soon as we pulled in the line to get into the barracks, the players started pin trading. It was so fun for them and my husband and I loved looking at all the license plates from all over the country.

You will spend lots of time at the park and the concession stands are great for food and the prices are reasonable.

This trip was the best and you will LOVE it!  Cooperstown is a great little town with fun restaurants and shops.

This is my son hitting his home run at Cooperstown and literally the only video I took!  It was a miracle.  We had kids hitting home runs right and left and each one is so awesome!  I’m telling you now to mute the sound or turn it down low because there is lots of screaming!

Cooperstown Dreams Park Packing List

First, I want to tell you that you need to remember these are 12-year-old boys.  This isn’t what YOU would use on a trip.  So many people overpacked.

I’ll tell you what…they don’t need much.  The boys were in their uniform most of the time and playing baseball.  My son only wore one outfit of regular clothes so make sure you don’t overpack.

The Cooperstown Dreams Park barracks are pretty plain and only have the bunks and lockers at the foot of the beds.


 The link to see exactly what I bought.

  • Locks for the footlocker that holds their stuff. You need two and this is a 2-pack.
  • Gold Bond Spray–  My son never had a problem with this and didn’t think I needed it.  Believe me when I say every single kid on the team needed this!

Dollar Tree  

Most are toiletry items, but I don’t even think they really took showers, just got in to cool off.  I’m pretty sure none of this was even used.

  • Body and Hair Wash combo
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • deodorant
  • 2 pack of washcloths
  • Mesh laundry bag
  • Glow sticks, water guns, and silly string for fun


  • Water- Each player brought 2 cases.
  • Towels X 2 ($1.97 for 1). I think the price has gone up on this to around $4.97 but it’s still the cheapest I found.
  • Twin Sheets  (They have a set for $4.97). Again, I think the price has gone up, but you can find some for around $10 at my Walmart (still cheaper than Amazon).
  • Flip Flops for shower ($.98)
  • Wiffleball set-  They played a lot.

Stuff we had that we took.

  • Box Fan
  • Extension cord
  • power strip
  • Drawstring bag with trading pins
  • Pillow

Things I bought there.  

My husband jumped out of the van while we were waiting in line to get into the barracks and picked up these items at the gift shop. The photo center, where you will spend lots of time looking at your photos is here also.

  • towel for Cooperstown Dreams Park pins- $7.99
  • tournament t-shirt- $12.99

***Send extra money for the arcade and snack bar.***

family at cooperstown dreams park
Here we are at Little Majors Stadium.

We happened to be there the hottest week in years. We were there in July, but it was usually hot.  It was over 95 almost every. single. day!   My son said the fans didn’t really help, but I’m leaving them on because any normal week it probably gets the air circulating and works much better.  The team only stayed in the bunks 4 nights it was so hot.

We were traveling through New England after the tournament so he threw away the towels, washcloths, and little fan.  We left the box fan.

This is my favorite picture from the entire trip, my son looking at his home run ball!

boy in blue baseball uniform looking at baseball that in his hand

Hope you have fun at Cooperstown Dreams Park!  You are going to love this tournament.  Please comment if you have any questions!

Downtown city street in Cooperstown, NY. Lots of trees and colorful buildings.

More Cooperstown Dream Park tips- Make sure to check out all these fun things to do in the Cooperstown area while you’re there!

The players get tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but there is so much more to do with the teams, coaches and families.

Edit: The American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame is at the Dreams Park. It’s not an actual museum like the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s a list of teams that attend the weekly tournaments with stats. I had a couple of people private message me so I thought I would clarify.


Wednesday 5th of June 2024

Hi, I know this is a post from awhile back so your Amazon link doesn't work for the suggested small fan. Do you have another link or fan option?.Should it be Battery operated or plug in? Do they have outlets?


Thursday 6th of June 2024

That's strange. Usually Amazon notifies me when it's not working. I replaced it with a battery fan. You will probably need to bring replacement batteries too. We brought a power strip also. If you plan on bringing a power strip, you chould get with a cord.


Saturday 23rd of July 2022

What type of suitcase did you pack everything in? I have a big duffel with wheels, but didn’t know if that was too much. I’m just thinking you need a large bag to hold everything.


Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

We just used a duffel that we had so he could squish it down.


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

How kid friendly are the park and fields? We have a two year old that I’m debating bringing. We’ll be gone for so long that I worry about leaving her home. Thanks for all the info!


Thursday 13th of January 2022

There were siblings when we went, but none as young as two. If you take your two-year-old to weekend tournaments, they should be good in Cooperstown.


Monday 24th of February 2020

They have ac in the bunks?


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

No! The weather should be nice and won't need it. The day we left, I was wearing a sweater. It just happened to be the hottest in 5 years when we were there.


Saturday 20th of July 2019

Were the tank tops true to size? What size did you order from the picture it looks like we would wear a similar size.


Sunday 21st of July 2019

Pretty true to size- Small.