Unless you’re one of those rare people who pack the night before for a swim meet, odds are you probably scramble around the house 15 minutes before you’re supposed to leave trying to track down everything. You can’t find your suit, your sibling took the last clean towel, and now you’re going to be late for warm-ups. Nothing is worse than being flustered before a meet and forgetting something. So… here’s a checklist to help make sure you have everything you need for a meet full of fun and fast swimming! It might not help you learn to pack earlier, but at least you won’t forget anything this time!
1. Swim Suit.
2. Cap and goggles.
Again, probably a given, but you never know.
Maybe two, especially for the chilly, late night meets. Nothings worse than trying to stay warm with a soaking wet towel.
4. Swim bag.
Where else are you going to put all of this stuff?
5. Team shirt.
Team unity is one of the best parts of summer league swimming. Besides, this is probably one of the only scenarios it’s actually cool to be wearing the same shirt as 50 other people.
Some teams like to have “themes” for each meet. It may sound cheesy, but this is another great way to create a fun team atmosphere. So, don’t forget your USA gear for your first meet of July!
Ain’t nobody got time for sunburns.
Avoid painfully squinting the whole meet by remembering to bring sunglasses. But if you forget, tinted goggles will also work as a backup.
Food=Fuel. Fresh fruit and trail mix are great sources of energy to help you swim fast. Save the sugary snacks and greasy pizza until after you go a best time!
10. Water/Sports Drinks.
Swimming outside is certainly a benefit of summer league swimming, but the sun and heat drain your body. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water.
Swim meets can take a while. Come prepared and listen to music with a friend while you wait for your event. Plus, everyone needs a good pump up song before they race!
This is another great way to keep occupied during down time. Gather up a group of teammates and play a round of your favorite card game. Just be careful not to miss your race!
13. Lawn chair.
This isn’t necessary, but sometimes it’s nice to have a chair to relax in pre-race.
I mean, how else are you going to write “Eat My Bubbles”?