Going to a swim meet? Here are the most critical items to pack.
Suits: Yes, plural. Of course, you want to pack your tech suits if you own them. If not decide which suit(s) are best for your races. Don’t stop there, pack several warm-up suits. I often don’t warm-up in my tech suit, they are not exactly comfortable to sit around in and more wear on the suit is not good. I warm up wearing two polyester suits and then change later. If I don’t have the time to change, I wear at least one and often two polyester suits over my tech suit. Don’t warm up/down in only your racing suit.
Caps and goggles: Never go to a meet with only one cap or one pair of goggles. This is a disaster in the making. You never know when the cap splits or the goggles get left sitting int the locker room to not be found again.
Towels: Lots of towels too! Just think of how many times you will get wet and dry off every day. When travelling to a meet you can often prearrange with a hotel to dry team towels each evening.
Extra dry clothing: Just expect everything to get wet and plan on extra dry clothing. This may not be a big deal at a out door meet when it is 95 degrees outside, but the rest of the time you need to keep putting on dry clothes to stay warm between events.
Food and Water: The length of the meet will drive the quantity you need to bring of the following items:
• Water, it is always important to stay hydrated
• Nourishment: Keep your energy up without getting full.
While the five items above are my must haves for every athlete here are some other nice to haves:
• Something to do, meets can get long and boring.
• Shower gear, rinsing off the chlorine is always good.
• Money to check out the vendor booths.
• Camera to capture the memories.
• Music, to help you tune out the world and focus on your event
No matter what you bring, don’t forget to have fun and swim fast (in that order)