What Should I Carry In My Volleyball Bag? The Dig Episode 011
So, you've made the team,
you're off to your first tournament, but what the heck should you take?? In this episode of The Dig, we will discuss the essentials, along with non-essentials to carry with you throughout the season. Be advised, these pictures are links to products which I am an affiliate for. If you choose to purchase them, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you choose to purchase through these links. Mostly though, this is just a simple checklist for you!
Pick a Bag That Fits Your Needs
Backpacks are great because they are easy to carry and don't put pressure on the wrong joints and muscles. However, backpacks are usually smaller than duffle bags, so you can't carry as much stuff.
Duffle bags work well when you want to carry a lot of stuff but they are bulkier because of this.
Drawstring bags are great for practices or games where you don't need to carry much. If you are already dressed out, you can throw your shoes, kneepads, and ankle braces in here and have a small, lightweight option.
Volleyball Bag Essentials
Bring your shoes! And make sure you bring both shoes, not just one! I'm not joking when I say that there are plenty of times when someone shows up with just one shoe. If you don't have volleyball shoes yet, check out the shoe review I did on my other website.
Bring kneepads, and again, I want to stress that you should double check you have BOTH kneepads. I like Mizuno, Nike are great too. Both are heavy duty and will last a long time. Nfinity is doing something pretty cool, where you can buy the kneepad and replacement sleeves. They also have shock absorption technology that is new to the market. I haven't used them, so I can't speak first hand, but I've heard a lot of good things about them. *If you wear nfinity, maybe you could leave a comment to help us out!* I'd stay away from under armor because they don't provide as much protection and end up damaged.
You will need to bring/wear spandex or shorts, depending on if you are attending practice or a game. Nike pros a are a safe bet, but please, cover your butt!
If you wear ankle braces, make sure you pack them. There are 2 common types. Lace up, and active ankle.
It is not a bad idea to pack around an additional t-shirt. If you're headed to a game, be sure you bring your jersey. If you have more than one jersey, bring them both!
Pack a water bottle full of water. Most places will have water available through a concession stand or a vending machine at the very least, but don't count on it. You really don't want to rely on water fountain water, there is some gross tasting water in some gyms out there. It may not seem like it would be an essential, but hair ties are a necessity in an athletes bag. While you're at it, bring bobby pins as well. Bring food. Bring enough food to keep you satisfied for the length of time you will be playing. If you don't bring food, make sure you have a food plan.
Non Essentials in a Volleyball Bag
If you are not a member of a structured volleyball team or organization, you may not have access to medical supplies and you'll need to bring your own. Even if you are, it's oftentimes much easier to carry your own supplies, than track down other people to help you out. Consider bringing bandaids, athletic tape, rubbing alcohol pads, and anything else you may need. Keep Chapstick in your bag. It takes up very little space, and if you need it, you won't be able to keep your mind off it until you get some, so pack it along.
Shoelaces are a good idea to have in your volleyball bag as well. It would really suck to have a shoelace break in the middle of the game, but if you are prepared, you can be back in the game in no time.
Keep deodorant in your bag. You really don't want to stink at any point. You could keep extra socks in your bag for after the game, but that's not an essential.
Bring headphones if you like listening to music.
My last item for you is a dryer sheet. Yes, that's right, bring a dryer sheet (actually 2) so that you can put one in each shoe after you're done playing. Your shoes will absorb the fragrance and they won't smell quite so bad when you open your bag back up later.
Well, that's it for now. I hope this little list helps you out. I plan to add another episode that will cover what to bring on a volleyball road trip at a later date. Please, let me know what you carry in your volleyball bag, and I'll update my own checklist! I'll talk to you all next week. Later
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