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What to bring to an Ultimate tournament

This is a comprehensive packing list of things to bring to tournaments of all flavours, shapes and sizes. If you think anything is missing, let me know!

REALLY IMPORTANT (for all tournaments)

  • Kit: Home and Away shirts, shorts
  • Footwear: Appropriate to the surface, so generally boots (firm ground or soft ground or both) or indoors shoes/trainers
  • Water bottle: as big as possible, especially if it might be tricky to refill
  • Socks: always bring more than you think you’ll need
  • Underwear: as above
  • Food: meals and snacks, you will at least need lunch for both days (or the means to buy some, check in advance if there are shops or cafes nearby), maybe breakfasts too. Bring a good range of snacks, make sure you include stuff which will give you energy and replace salts lost through sweating.
  • Disc
  • Any medicines you need, ankle braces, contact lens solution etc
  • Phone, keys, wallet: with student ID for uni tournaments
  • Shoes: you’ll presumably be wearing these

STILL PRETTY IMPORTANT (but depends on the type of tournament (indoors/outdoors) and conditions a bit)

  • Warm clothes for playing in: base layers, hat, gloves if you like
  • Warm clothes for waiting around in: jumpers, trackies, coat, warm gloves etc
  • Waterproof clothes
  • Something waterproof to cover your bag with (bin bags work)
  • Suncream

REALLY IMPORTANT IF STAYING OVERNIGHT

  • Sleeping bag
  • Toothbrush + Paste
  • Money to pay for dinner
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Tent (if camping)
  • Shower gel
  • Towel
  • Deodorant
  • Change of clothes
  • Chargers
  • Torch (if camping)

If you are camping there is a whole load of stuff that is useful that I’m not going to include but googling ‘camping packing list’ should do the trick.

EXTRA STUFF YOU MIGHT WANT

  • Sleeping mat
  • First aid stuff: plasters, painkillers, tape, allergy medicine etc
  • Party costume: if it’s that kind of tournament
  • Pillow
  • More socks and underwear
  • Sun hat + glasses
  • Bug spray
  • Nail clippers
  • Lip balm
  • Portable charger
  • Foam roller
  • Tape: to fix boots
  • Tape: athletic
  • Playing cards/games
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Nice clothes for evening
  • Flip flops
  • Extension lead: for charging a team’s worth of phones overnight
  • Collapsible chair
  • Earplugs and eyemask
  • Kazoo
  • Bottle opener
  • Uni work to do

 

Will Bolton

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