I get questions from other athletes getting into swimming, biking or triathlon about my gear choices, so I decided to start a brief series, “What’s in my Gym Bag” where I go through the random gear that I use for my various workouts. Today we kick it off with swimming! (Need tips on getting going with swimming? Check out my post on five tips to get started swimming. And I’m a swim coach- so let me know what other questions you may have!)
This is the bag that goes with me to ALL of my pool swim workouts. I’ve curated this collection over the past three years, and it’s pretty much everything that’s necessary, apart from your pre-swim & post-swim clothes that you wear into the pool.
I have a different swim bag from my normal gym bag because I swim at a different location than my gym. Since there’s different gear associated with “normal” gym stuff versus swimming, I find it easier to keep the bags separate. Who knows, if my pool was inside my gym, maybe things would be different.
So, onto the list!
- Goggles and Cap
- Swim-specific shampoo, conditioner & lotion
- Shower+ kit (mini razor, comb, extra hair ties, coconut oil moisturizer)
- Random snack bar
- Nuun tabs & water bottle
My “to the pool deck” essentials: goggles, swim cap, fins, paddles and pull buoy. I’ve put together all of my go-to items in this SwimOutlet store (affiliate link) in case you want to help support this blog!
I will usually carry a toiletry kit & “work clothes” in a separate bag if I’m going to be going straight to work afterward. If I’m not, I usually skip the “make me up” step and stuff my street clothes into the backpack.
Speaking of backpack, here’s what I’ve come to use and love:
And as reference, my Kiefer Deluxe Swim Backpack holds everything except my work/post-swim clothes, which I pack into a small reusable shopping bag (like from Lululemon).What's in your Swim Bag? Key gear for #swim #training Click To Tweet
This combination keeps things easy for me, as in getting ready for any single swim workout, I just need to make sure to pack a towel, water bottle, and then my post-swim clothes.
Do you swim? What else is in your Swim bag? What questions about swimming do you have?