What to take to the Meet
(Mark all of your items with your child’s name…things look alike and it’s easy to get them mixed up!)
1. Basics: Swimsuit, swim cap, goggles (plus a spare). Dusting the inside of the swim cap (after it’s dried) with baby powder or cornstarch helps preserve the cap and makes it easier to put on. You probably want to have your child come in their swimsuit so you don’t have to worry about getting them changed.
2. Towels: Pack at least two. If it is cold, one towel per event is even better.
3. Something to sit on: Examples are a sleeping bag, old blanket, extra towel, or camping chair; anything comfortable. Swimmers spend a lot of time on them. Some swimmers set up small tents to shade them on hot summer nights.
4. Sweatshirts and sweatpants: Bring one or two if possible. Meets go on, despite occasional chilly weather and rain, and evenings can get very cold in a soggy sweatshirt. Stadium jackets or deck coats (long, fleece-lined jackets) are sold locally and keep swimmers toasty warm.
5. T-shirts: Same reason as above and provides protection from the sun.
6. Sunscreen: SPF 15 or above.
7. Sharpie pen: For writing down the events your child will swim on his/her arm or hand.
8. Games: Anything to pass the time like travel games, coloring books, books, cards. Avoid things like Frisbees, balls…there really is not a lot of space at some swim clubs and it’s a good idea to encourage your swimmer to rest a bit in between events. Do NOT bring anything of value…we would hate to have anything “walk off” and ruin your child’s day.
9. Food and Drinks: Each swim meet has snack bars, but you can also bring your own snacks and drinks. Healthy snacks and plenty of water/sports drinks are recommended.
10. Waterproof Jacket: if rain is forecast.