3 ways to prepare your bag to go swimming (for girls)

3 ways to prepare your bag to go swimming (for girls)
3 ways to prepare your bag to go swimming (for girls)

Whether it's taking a dip in the municipal swimming pool, going to the beach or relaxing by a lake, there are some important things you should bring with you when you go swimming. You have to pack essentials such as sun protection, water and a towel in your bag. You have to put things there that will make the outing more entertaining, such as bath toys or a book to read. Finally, you must not forget the change of clothes you will wear when you get out of the water as well as the toiletries you may need to feel fresh and clean.


Method 1 of 3: Gather all the essentials

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Step 1. Find a bag that is large enough

Your bag should be able to hold all of your swimming supplies. It can be a backpack or a tote bag. If you plan on bringing food or drinks, an insulated bag is ideal for keeping all of those things in good condition and cool.

It is recommended that you bring a waterproof or easy-to-wash bag in case it gets dirty or wet

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Step 2. Choose a swimsuit

Put on your swimsuit before you go, or put it in your bag so you can put it on when you get to your destination. Choose an appropriate swimsuit for the type of swimming you will be doing, making sure it is the right size.

For example, if you plan to go to a swimming competition, a one-piece swimsuit will do the trick. If you're planning on lounging by the pool or the beach, choose a two-piece swimsuit

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Step 3. Plan an outfit to wear over your swimsuit

It could be a sarong, shorts and a t-shirt or a dress that you can put on and take off easily. Also provide waterproof shoes such as flip flops, sandals or closed bathing shoes.

Choose clothes and shoes that you can get wet easily

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Step 4. Bring your phone, wallet and keys

If you're going to a place where you'll need some ID or a bit of cash, be sure to bring your wallet and put it in a plastic bag to protect it from spills. Also bring your phone and the keys to your house or your car.

  • Place your phone in a plastic bag to protect it if it is not already in a waterproof case.
  • Put your valuables in a cloakroom if there is one available.
  • If there is no safe place to keep your items, hide them under a towel or in the bottom of your bag.
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Step 5. Don't forget the sun protection and insect repellant

Choose sun protection for your body and face in the form of a spray or a product to apply. Make sure you have enough to cover your entire body before you leave the house.

  • Bug repellant is another thing you should have on hand if you plan to travel to a place full of bugs.
  • Remember to wait for the sun protection to penetrate your skin before entering the water if you are swimming outdoors.
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Step 6. Take a towel

Your bag should contain a towel large enough that you can lie down or wrap it around your body. Thin bath towels will do the trick as they are easier to tuck into a bag and fold up.

Towels specially designed for the beach or pool are more resistant to sand and sun

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Step 7. Wear sunglasses and a hat

Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. A hat will protect not only your face, but also your eyes. Wear glasses and a hat that you can get wet without risk.

You can wear a cap, sun hat or bob to protect your face and neck from the sun

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Step 8. Bring swimming goggles and a swimming cap

Choose swimming goggles that fit snugly around your head without being too loose or too tight. If you plan to go to a swimming competition or if you want to be serious about swimming, bring a swimming cap to cover your hair.

You can find swimming goggles or swim caps in supermarkets, sporting goods stores or on the Internet

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Step 9. Take plenty of water to hydrate yourself

Add bottled water or a reusable water bottle to your swimming supplies. If you want your water to stay cool, store it in an insulated mug or pack it with ice packs.

  • You can also bring other drinks like lemonade or canned juice.
  • Take at least 2 bottles of water if you plan to go swimming for several hours.
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Step 10. Pack some snacks in your bag

Choose snacks that will help you replenish your energy and that are not likely to weigh you down. If you have cold snacks, pack them in a small cooler or place them in a small plastic bag with ice packs around to keep them cool.

  • Make sure food is allowed where you plan to go.
  • Some of the types of snacks you can take out include trail mix, granola bars, berries, or bananas.
  • Peanut butter or cheesy crackers with popcorn are also great.

Method 2 of 3: Pack your bag for a shower after bathing

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Step 1. Plan a change of clothes

If you plan to put on new clothes after swimming, choose a dress or shorts and a shirt. Don't forget essential underwear like support, panties or socks.

Place your change of clothes in a separate plastic bag and place it in the large bag to make sure you don't get them wet or dirty

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Step 2. Don't forget the shampoo if you plan to shower

If you plan to shower when you get out of the water and if the place you are going to has a shower, it is recommended that you rinse off with chlorine or salt water. Pack a shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in addition to your shampoo and washcloth.

Use small, travel-size shampoo and soap bottles for easier transportation

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Step 3. Bring back a brush or comb

It is very likely that your hair is a little tangled when coming out of the water, which is why it is recommended to take a comb to detangle it after you have showered or dried yourself. It will keep them beautiful and shiny.

A comb is best for damp hair, however a brush can also do the trick

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Step 4. Pack a waterproof bag with the rest of your things

It can be a special waterproof bag or a simple plastic bag with closure. You can put your wet swimsuit in it, but also your towel and all the other things that you have wet.

Close the bag that contains everything that is wet so as not to soak the rest of your things

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Step 5. Add an extra towel to your bag

Use this towel after showering or just as an extra towel in case the other is too wet to use. Choose a thin and compact towel that will fit easily in your bag.

If you don't want to use a large towel, just bring a smaller one for your hair

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Step 6. Don't forget any toiletries you may need

These are things like lotions, deodorant, or lip balm. Pack tampons or pads to meet your feminine hygiene needs while you get home. You can put them in their own small bag or just put them in the bigger bag to keep everything together.

  • Bring a small bottle of lotion that you can apply to your legs or arms in case of dry skin.
  • Lip balm can be helpful if your lips are drying out from the sun.
  • Provide makeup or makeup remover wipes to use before or after swimming.

Method 3 of 3: Bring back some entertainment

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Step 1. Bring some bath toys

If you are going to the pool just for fun, put some toys in your bag that you can use to distract yourself. Bath toys are ideal for practicing swimming at the bottom of the pool and are available in different shapes and sizes.

  • Choose toys in the shape of a marker with a weight to keep them at the bottom of the pool.
  • If you don't want to buy bath toys, throw coins at the bottom of the pool and try to collect them.
  • Make sure toys are allowed in the pool you're going to.
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Step 2. Choose a book that you can read by the water

Reading is the best activity you can do when you need a break. Put a book or magazine in your bag so you can have fun by the pool, by the sea or by the lake.

  • While hopefully it won't happen, your book might end up soaking wet by the pool, so take one that you can get wet without risk.
  • You can bring a journal and a pen instead to write.
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Step 3. Provide headphones or a speaker to listen to music

Insert your headphones into your phone or portable audio player to listen to your music in your corner, or connect your device with a portable speaker for everyone to enjoy. Remember, you'll be at the water's edge, so choose a device that is splash-proof.

  • Bring headphones to listen to music by the pool or a small speaker to enjoy at the beach.
  • Respect the people around you and don't listen to loud music if you are in a public place.
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Step 4. Include a buoy in your things

The buoy is the perfect accessory if you plan to spend time in a friend's pool. Make sure it's easy to inflate, but also easy to deflate when you don't need it anymore so you can easily put it back in your bag.

  • Some public swimming pools do not allow buoys, remember to inquire before taking some.
  • It can be dangerous to use buoys in the ocean or in a lake if the water is rough, be very careful.
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Step 5. Bring other games or toys

If you are going to a swimming competition, consider bringing a pack of cards or other small game to pass the time while you wait for your turn. If you stay in the pool all the time, bring some bath toys, fries or fins. Don't forget the other little toys you like and put them in your bag.

  • Do not bring more than 2 toys so as not to weigh down your bag.
  • Only bring back games or toys that are allowed in the water or around the pool.
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Step 6. Place the things you will use first on the top

When packing your pack, consider all the things you will use first like your sunscreen or your towel. Put them last in the bag so that they are on top and so you can reach them more easily.

  • Items you won't need right away (like a change of clothes) can be placed at the bottom of the bag.
  • Put all your things on the floor before putting them in the bag so you can put them in the right order.


  • Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, making sure to cover your face, shoulders and back.
  • If you wear contact lenses, take their case and some disinfectant lotion.
  • Take some cash if you plan to buy something at the booth (if there is any).
  • It can be helpful to bring some scrunchies with you in case you want to keep your hair tied up out of the water.

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