Some items are a given, others are a bonus; but in general, this is what you would usually find in my swimming bag:
Cap: If you have long hair, you need to wear a cap to keep it away from your face and also reduce drag. I’d recommend a silicone cap as it’s the smoothest on the hair.
Goggles: Goggles are mandatory, not only to help you see better, but also to protect the eyes from chlorine. I don’t know how some swimmers manage without them! They could be transparent or tinted; in my bag you’ll find both, because I like to be prepared for every condition. The most important thing is that they fit, so they don’t leak. Don’t want to end up with burning red eyes after practice!
Swimsuit: Of course a swimsuit is a given, just keep in mind that you need one that fits you well and doesn’t cause drag. A spare suit can come in handy sometimes, just in case… Well, you never know…
Anti-fog spray: Because simply, goggles fog, and it’s annoying when you can’t see.
Towels: That’s a given too. Think microfiber if you don’t have much space in your bag.
Shampoo and shower gels: Swimmers have to take extra care of their hair and skin and wash out all that chlorine. So I never leave practice without showering first.
Nose clips and ear plugs: I don’t really use those, but as a swimmer I have to have them. They’re mostly borrowed by my teammates who forgot or lost their own.
Kickboard: It isolates the leg movement and can be used for all strokes. It really helps me in improving my leg technique. Besides, I have to admit, it’s the the most effective tool when I want to catch up on all the gossip with my teammates during laps 🙂
Pull buoy: It has the same function as the kickboard but for the arms; you place it between your legs and work your arms in each stroke. However, since your head is under water, it’s not practical at all for gossiping!
Fins: They couple well with the kickboard and help you strengthen your leg muscles. They look like the webbed feet of a duck and have a large surface area, so they’re sometimes considered as a cheating tool as they help you go faster.
Hand paddles: Hand paddles increase resistance through the water. I use them to help me strengthen my upper body, especially my arm muscles.
Heart rate monitor: Some swimmers like watches, others prefer chest belts; but I’m waiting for my Instabeat!
Snacks: Just like any other swimmer, I’m always hungry after a tough practice, so I always make sure there are some snacks in my bag, especially nuts and bananas (high in carbohydrates); they help me gain my energy back!
So here it is, a quick sneak peak at the inside of my swim bag. It’s not as mysterious as you would expect; do you have anything else in your bag that I didn’t include in my list?!
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