Swim Kit Essentials | Everything You’ll Ever Need In Your Kitbag


– There’s nothing worse than turning up to a training session and realizing you’ve forgotten an
essential piece of kit. Now, admittedly, for swimming, you don’t need quite as much paraphernalia as you do for, say,
something like cycling, but still, to make sure you’ve got all of the essential equipment required, it’s a pretty comprehensive
list you need in that kit bag. – Yeah, and maybe you’ve wondered why swimmers always seem to
have such a large rucksack, and maybe even an extra kit bag as well. Today, we’re gonna talk through all the things that we’ve
got in our swimming bags, and let you know what you
might need for your next swim. (digital beeping) (electronic music) – Let’s start with the most
obvious, which is our swim bag. You need something that’s big
enough to take all the things that we’re talking about
that we need for swimming, but you also don’t mind
it to be getting wet, because, let’s face it, the swimming pool is a wet environment. Quick tip would be to
take another separate bag that you can use to keep all your wet gear separate from the dry stuff in your bag, and a further hack might be, once you’ve rung out your
tri-suit, or your swim kit, stick that inside your cap to avoid everything else getting wet. – You’re not gonna get very
far without the essentials. A swimsuit, a pair of goggles, and a cap. Oh, a spare cap, as well! I’ll come up to that in a moment. I personally actually wear a swimsuit to the pool quite often, then I make sure I definitely got it, although do remember
to pack your underwear if you opt for that one, but you don’t want to
be forgetting a swimsuit and having to borrow
one from lost property. There’s nothing worse than that. The same goes with goggles. I’d say they’re pretty personal. Once you’ve found a pair that you like, you want to stick with them, and it’s so annoying if you’re
about to start a swim session and you get a strap that pings open, so it’s always worth keeping
a spare pair in your bag, even if it’s just for a friend. When it comes to cap, the same goes there. Caps do sometimes split
as you’re putting it on, or you’re stretching it in a session, so there’s harm in keeping a spare one. They also come in handy when it comes to storing your wet swimsuit
at the end of a session. You pop your swimsuit inside your cap, and it works like a waterproof bag. – There’s a few items
that we cannot do without, and one of those is definitely our towel. There is nothing worse than
putting on a wet tee shirt, because we haven’t been able
to dry ourselves properly. If you’re a bit tight on space maybe, then pack a travel towel, but don’t forget to take it out at the end of the day, because they can get a bit
smelly and moldy if let alone. – Just because you’re surrounded by water doesn’t mean your getting hydrated, and it can quite often mask the thirst. Swimming pools are normally
hot and humid, as well, so always have a water bottle with you, and try and get in the
habit of taking sips throughout your training session. Now, I also normally
keep an emergency gel, or some fuel mix, and sometimes
even some recovery food for afterwards, ’cause if
you’re doing a long session, you will need some energy
throughout, and quite possibly, recovery as soon as you
get out of the pool. – Now, onto the swim toys, which admittedly can
be a little bit bulky, but one of them I definitely think is worth taking is the pool buoy. I can’t go anywhere without
pool buoy for a swim session, but if you’re not too fussed about having to take it along in your bag, most swimming pools do have
them spare and there to borrow. Now, onto the second one, which is perhaps one that
I would leave at home, is the kick board. These are not necessarily
things that we use that often in a triathlon swimming session, certainly not like swimmers, who do much more kick-dependent swim sets. However, they are really good
tools for recovery, warm-up, and if you do want to
replace your pool buoy, the kick board is a good option. – Something you’re not likely to find in your local pool lost
property are finds and paddles, and most importantly,
paddles actually need to be the right sort for you that will help you with your stroke, so make sure you’ve
always got some of those in your kit bag, and
the same goes with fins, especially if you do want to swim with a squad that may be a little
bit stronger than you. You can pop your fins
on, and still keep up, and also great for doing drills. – We’ve covered the
more essential of items, but one you might not
of perhaps thought about is the ankle band, which I use to keep my paddles together in my bag. It does what it says in the name, we put it around our ankles, we use it when we’re swimming pools to completely isolate our legs and stop us doing any sneaky
kicks when we’re swimming pool. I would definitely recommend keeping that pool buoy that I just talked about in there when we are
swimming with the band, because, otherwise, you’re
more than likely going to see your legs sweeping the
pool floor underneath you. – We’re getting a little more specific now with this piece of kit. It’s known as a physio-band,
thera-band, elastics. Basically, a big piece of
stretchy elastic like this, which comes in handy for various things. If you do want to do some
stability work with your shoulder, getting them activated, you see swimmers using
these often on poolsides before their training session. If you don’t have a very
long window in the water, another way to use it
would be as a warm-up, to really get your
swimming muscles engaged, so that you can get in and get onto the main set pretty quickly. – Most pools don’t allow adult footwear, understandably so, so
packing a pair of flip-flops, leaving them in the bottom
of your bag is useful. Also, if maybe you’re training outdoors, or the pool surface is
really a little bit dirty, protects your feet, and
some pools insist on them. I did say this list was going
to be pretty comprehensive, so if you are someone who hates the water to go up your
nose or in your ears, then a pair of ear plugs and nose clips are handy to keep in there. Also, essentials I always
have in my bag, hairbrush, after swimming, it gets
a little bit tangly, also moisturizer and shower gel, ’cause no one really wants to carry that scent of eau de chlorine
around with them all day, and dry skin is always a
problem, I find, for swimmers. – Following up from Heather’s extras, there’s a couple things I kept buried in the bottom of my swim bag, too. First thing being a little tub of Vaseline, or petroleum jelly. This is in case I was
swimming in my wet suit prior to race season, which
I did often use to do, but I would always get a rub on my neck, so I would put that there to stop that happening when I was breathing. Second was some anti-fog solution. It’s up for debate how you really can stop your goggles from fogging up, it’s an age-old problem,
but I did find this stuff. If I put a little bit applied onto each goggle lens will do the trick. – I did warn you it was gonna
be a comprehensive list, but don’t worry, you haven’t got to go out and buy every single piece
of kit we’ve talked about. Just make sure you’ve got the essentials. – No, but you definitely don’t
want to forget a swim cap, and, in fact, why don’t
you watch our latest show for your chance to try and win one, or, alternatively, click
on the link to the shop. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our video, so hit that thumb up like button. Don’t forget, click on
the globe and subscribe for all our other videos on the channel, and if you wanna see a
video about foggy goggles, you can get that here. – And if you want some
tips for the physio, or how to use a thera-band, we
got a video on that one here. Fraser, I don’t know why
don’t use some of this kit. – Let’s swim.
– Let’s swim, come on. – Okay, off.

Comments 19

  • FIRST I would like to do a triathlon but I’m disabled and I cannot find s category that I can fit into

  • I don’t need many tools, but need Heather to help me to get a good catch.

  • You can just roll your speedos and goggles in a towel, that way you don't even need the bag :d

  • Hi I like too much all your advice just pls can u wright what u say on the video because English is not my first language and I need to translate some words which I can not hear it so it will ne grade if I can read it and I think many people like me English is not the first language so pls will.ne grad for your videos to do that

  • Combination lock for the storage locker, because unfortunately, there is no place on earth safe from thieves.

  • My coach is awesome. I forgot my jammers once and had to wear a speedo. My teammates made fun of me so the next practice my coach coached in a speedo. He is pretty chill

  • So glad you uploaded this! I’m 18 and doing my first training session with my new triathlon club this week in the pool and had no idea what I need to bring

  • Tempo trainer and snorkel are pretty handy as well

  • I am surprised, no snorkel ?

  • Love that Roka transition bag, but looks to big/bulky for daily use.

  • Great video and tips. The top part of the video is watching Frasier moisture his face in slow motion! priceless.😂

  • Man, Heather they need to do more slow-mo of you putting on swim caps. I must be doing it wrong.

  • Don't go swimming without my music (like Sony NWZ-W273) and some banana after session will be good choise.

  • What is one of your essential items in your kit bag?

  • Baby shampoo..best anti-fog.

  • Sunscreen when swimming outdoors!

  • Good comprehensive list. When I started, I would just bring my suit, goggles, a towel and a change of clothes. Now I have the antifog spray, my paddles, fins. I borrow a pull buoy and kick board from my pool. And I bring shower stuff. Nothing feels better after a nice swim then a warm shower.

  • Besides the swim shorts, goggles etc I always take a shower gel with moisturiser in it.

  • Good but I purchased very nice set of swimming kit, Good quality products

    Cap is nice and elastic, Goggles are crystal clear

    Everybody should check it: https://amzn.to/2VuWxPC

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