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Swim Meet Pack List

Here is a list of some things to bring to a swim meet:

  • Swim cap
  • Goggles
  • Swim suit
  • Two Towels
  • T-shirt
  • Sweatshirt - some kids get cold once the sun goes down or if it rains
  • Sunblock
  • Hat
  • Shade (umbrellas, canopies to set up for a group)
  • Games, coloring books, cards, etc for passing the time between events
  • Highlighter and Sharpie (to find your child on heat sheet and for mark-ups)
  • Heat sheet - these will be emailed prior
  • Cooler with water and sports drinks
  • Healthy snacks, sandwiches, fruit for your swimmers
  • Chairs (for swimmers and adults)
  • Camera
  • Games or balls
  • Mister bottle

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Additional Helpful Tips for Swim Meets

  • Bring an old (washable) quilt or "neat sheet" for the tent. The younger kids really like sitting on the quilt together to play.
  • In addition to electronic devices, books, etc., bring activities that kids can play with together (and that won't be damaged if it gets wet), such as chess sets, Polly Pockets, crafts (beading, drawing), Mad Libs, Velcro catching mitts, LEGO. Playing together and making friends is a big part of the fun of a swim meet.
  • Teach your small child to wear his goggles around his neck like a necklace. Having an extra pair in the swim bag isn't a bad idea either.
  • Swimmers love to draw and write spirit messages all over themselves and their friends with Sharpie markers. Beware! The markings will rub off onto your car's seats. If the child is a work of art, make sure to have them sit on a towel or cover them with a t-shirt for the ride home.
  • Bring your own chair; the chair your child uses will get wet.
  • Write your child's event #, heat # and lane # on their arm (or leg) once you find it on the heat sheet. It'll help the child remember when and where they'll swim. 
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