Swim meets generally start early and last several hours 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.


  • 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 suits: one for the meet plus a spare.

  • Saturday: Blue Team Shirt; Sunday: Gray Team Shirt

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

  • Team Cap + an extra

  • Lots of extra Towels - towels will get wet quickly. Consider having one for each event during the winter months.

  • 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.

  • A change of clothes and toiletries for when the meet is over.

  • A swim parka and hat is recommended for winter swimming.

Miscellaneous 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, homework and anything else to pass the time.

  • Pen & Clipboard to keep track of events, times, etc.