Going to a swim meet is a lot like going on a camping trip. There are some essentials that you absolutely cannot do without, as well as some luxury items that may make the time at the meet more pleasant for you and your child.
Since most meet sessions last around 5 hours (including warm-ups), it is almost a certainty that your child (and maybe even you) will need some re-fuelling. It is recommended that you bring along some healthy snacks for the swimmer to eat before and during the meet. Foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fats are best.
Re-hydration is also important – each swimmer should have a water bottle filled with water or sports drink to sip on throughout the day.