When it is time to hit the road for a
travel swim meet, you want to make sure you have everything you
need at the pool, so here is a list of items that should be
- Team Suit -
Always pack a spare suit (they do fall apart sometimes!). For
championship meets, remember to pack your performance suit and
- Team Swim Cap -
Pack two, they tear easily!
- Team T-Shirt - To
ward off the chill and look like a team.
- Goggles - At
least two pair (straps break!). You can also pack extra
straps, so favorite goggles can be saved (but, replacement takes
time - thus the need for an extra pair). Always alternate two
pair during practice. NEVER wear untested, new goggles at a
- Deck Sandals -
There’s plenty of ways to pick up infection and get injured
around the pool. MAKE them wear sandals on EVERY pool deck -
inside or outside!
- Gloves/Socks -
meets during cold weather require you to keep your hands & feet
warm for better performances.
- Towels - Pack at
least two (big ones). Everything around the pool gets
- Something Warm to
Wear - Team parka or warm up suit, or sweats
and Team fleece jacket; if it’s not a article of team apparel
at LEAST make sure it has team colors!
- Ear Drops –
(for those prone to ear infections) Usually, a vinegar/alcohol
solution in a glycerin base - you don’t want to deal with
swimmer’s ear. Use after practice and
- Baby Powder
- To lightly dust inside of swim caps after drying them; keeps them
from sticking together and makes them easier to put on! (A sample
size will last a long time.).
- Swim shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, comb, contact solution,
girls-only stuff, deodorant, and other bathroom
DRY Change of Clothes - For after the meet
(to remain dry in a swim bag they must be in a separate compartment
or Ziploc bag!).
- INHALERS -
If your child is asthmatic, this is the most important thing they
own. Different environments have different triggers that can
set off an attack. Tell the coach if your child has asthma
and where they can find their inhalers! Pack their
inhalers! Same for other
Items - Books (for reading and school work), MP3/CD
player (with earphones), CDs, Gameboys, playing cards,
etc. There’s lots of time between events!
- Extra Plastic
Bags - For keeping things dry (various
- Sunscreen - Get a waterproof type and put it on before
you get to the meet (it needs time to soak in). Put it
on again after a couple of hours. It’s a good idea to have
Sunglasses and a