What to Bring to Mee

What to Bring to a Swim Meet 

Rules at each meet are slightly different, and you will need more supplies for a 2-3 day meet than you will for a 3 hour dual-meet.  Here is a basic list of items you should bring to any swim meet:

  • 2 racing suits
  • 2 pair of goggles
  • 2 swim caps
  • multiple towels 
  • Refillable Water Bottles
  • Sweats and flip flops to wear during the meet (some don’t allow bare feet outside the pool area).
  • Dry clothes for after the meet, including warm socks and regular shoes.  Most kids change before leaving the pool area after a meet.
  • Camp Chairs or stadium seats.  Bleachers can be very uncomfortable.
  • Blankets for kids to sit on the floor, or to save your bleacher seats for the next day.
  • Cooler with healthy snacks and drinks.  Please note:  some pools do not allow coolers in the pool area, others do.  We ask that SPA parents respect the rules at the meet.   You won’t be able to leave during your session to eat, so make sure your swimmer has enough snacks and drinks to get through their session.
  • Money for heat sheets – cost can range from $4 – $10.00 depending on the size of the meet.
  • Money for the concession stand and for vendor booths.  At larger meets, there will be vendors selling swimming gear, t-shirts, etc. 
  • Sharpies, pens and highlighters.  Bring extras - others often forget and need to borrow yours.
  • I-pod, headphones, books or other things to keep busy between races.  There may be an hour or more break between two races.


At the actual meet, some teams tend to sit all together in one area and others do not.  SPA parents have tended to sit in groups, but usually not all in one area.  At a multiple-day meet, it’s common for people to choose a spot the first day and leave their chairs or a towel on the bleachers