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What to Bring to Swim Meets

Swimming Details on Kids Swim Meets What to Bring to a Swim Meet What to Expect at a Swim Meet   Swim Strokes  

Swim meets start early and last all day so it is smart to have everything ready in advance.  You not only need your swim essentials but you need food and some things to keep you busy when you are waiting for an event.  Most meets do have a snack bar so you may want to bring money as well.

Items needed for a swim meet:

Food

  • Cooler

  • Healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, energy bars, yogurt, orange slices, grapes, fruit bars, carrots, goldfish, Ritz bits with peanut butter, cheese sticks. 

  • Lots of water to keep hydrated

Swim Gear

  • Two swim suites: one for the meet plus a spare.

  • Two pair of Goggles: one to keep as a spare

  • Team cap and one extra cap and baby powder

  • Lots of extra Towels - towels will get wet quickly. Consider having one for each meet.

  • Warm socks, shoes or flip flops

  • Extra appropriate clothing to keep warm.  Remember meets run rain or shine. Bring sweatpants, sweatshirt and/or t-shirt, hat, sunscreen.

  • Toiletries and change for clothes for when competition is over. Include Hair bands, brush, shampoo/conditioner, and deodorant.

  • Prescription medication if required.

  • Duffel bags to hold gear

Miscellaneous Items

  • Duffel Bag to hold items

  • Plastic bag for wet items

  • Blanket/tarps/sleeping bag

  • Tents or EZ pop-up to protect from sun, wind  etc..

  • Deck chairs

  • Games, cards, books, IPod, game boy, homework, paper, portable DVD player and DVDs

  • Pen or sharpie. Coaches will instruct you to write your swimmer's event/heat/lane on the back of their hands or arms. Between events, parents may need to refresh any faded event numbers.