Now that I have competed a few times, I think I have a pretty good handle on what you should pack for a Crossfit competition. I had a chance to re-test my packing skills this past weekend when I competed in my first partner competition, which happened to be the boost that I needed while recovering from an injury to reignite my Crossfit flame!
Our competition was about a 45 minute drive from home, so it was critical to not leave anything behind. One of the most basic foundations of Crossfit is to train to be prepared for the unknown and unknowable, so why wouldn’t you pack accordingly? I recommend that if you have not used, or do not use, any of the items below, do not start on competition day. Trial clothes, food, and other accessories ahead of time, such as during a normal workout, just to make sure there are no issues during a competition!
Pack All the Clothes
Most competitions have multiple events with an extended period of time in between. However, you want to go into each event fresh, so I recommend one clean shirt for at half the amount of events. So four workouts = 2-4 shirts. My personal guidelines usually go something like this:
- One shirt personalized with something cute. I had custom shirts designed by Mandy at Fran’s Closet RX for our competition;
- One should representing one of the events. I love my Deadlift shirt by LatitudeGear RX (also have a designated rope climb shirt, and what I call my “PR” shirt – use “weights30” at checkout for a discount anytime!);
- Something with your box name.
A good rule here is if it has a chance to get sweaty or rip (I’ve seen a girl split her pants during a competition!), bring more than one: shirts, shorts, capris, pants, underwear, sports bras, socks. Pack layers of tank tops or t-shirts, plus a sweatshirt and sweatpants for in between events. After this last competition, I would also suggest slippers!
Bring at least two pair of shoes.
Bring All The Food
Competitions are typically all-day events, so you want to make sure that you are properly fueled, but also recovering in between events. You want foods that are portable, do not need to be reheated, require little to no prep, and that will not be too heavy on the gut while you are participating in the events. Some of my favorite packable foods are:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Shredded chicken breasts
- Protein shakes (Currently using True Nutrition Vanilla Birthday Cake; you can snag a discount using code on your own custom mix protein using code “w2w”)
- Fuel for Fire protein packs (LOVE the blend of protein and carbs, perfect for pre- or post-workout!)
- Fresh fruit, especially bananas
- Raw veggies
- Nuts, almond butter or peanut butter
- Coconut water
- Extra electrolytes (My favorite now is InRefresh Electrolyte powder).
Gym Bag Essentials
These items I keep in my gym bag at all times, and competition time is no exception:
- Tape- I like to make some hand protectors ahead of time, pictured below
- Wrist wraps- Mine are from Beastette Apparel
- Jump rope – I’m partial to RX Ropes
- First aid items: Band-aids, New Skin, Preparation H (perfect to soothe rips!), nail clippers or small scissors
- Cell phone and charger– it’s going to be a long day!
- Foam roller- currently been a huge fan of the adjustable customize-able enso roller, lacrosse ball, and any other mobility tools. And use them in between events.
- Girly things such as hair ties, bobby pins, and feminine products (If you are not using the DivaCup, get on this. Now.)
- ID: usually needed to check-in, plus not a bad idea for emergency reasons
- Credit card and cash: in case there are booths with swag, or for anything you may have forgotten
- Seating: chair or cushions; oftentimes you are just dumped in a room somewhere on the floor. Unless you are okay with sitting on the floor.
- Positive attitude!
Competitions can be stressful enough as it is so packing ahead of time will allow you to spend more time focusing on the competition itself!
Are you an over-packer?
Is there anything that you would pack for a competition that is missing from above?
Have you ever competed in a Crossfit competition?
What is your one must-have gym bag essential?
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