Pre-game jitters might make packing somewhat chaotic. Relax, take a breath and go through this list. You might have a bunch of this covered, maybe you forgot about a thing or two. So here are the basics and some tips. Use whatever works for you and take avantage of this downloadable complete packing list.
Basic Skate Gear
Other practical things
The what? If the apocalype is near and you have got to run and grab one bag, what is in it? Nah, that's too dramatic.
If you’re bouting or traveling regularly, you might be interested in having a grab bag. It’s a small bag to stash some essentials, which you can keep in your travel or skate bag at all times. It’ll cut your packing time and you’ll definitely have the basic necessities with you. A small survival kit so to speak.
Item you might put in there: (small) toothbrush and mini toothpaste, hair band, spare cash, mini shampoo/shower gel, mini packet of wet wipes, clean underwear, necessary medication, tweezers, mini scissors...
Some simple packing tips can save a lot of space, reduce packing stress and relieve you from a chaotic one-item-search as well.
The list of things to bring is long and all this stuff weighs a ton. Your regular backpack might not suffice, so think about the bag you want to use for derby travel.
ROLLER DERBY BACKPACK - These backpacks have extra features over a regular backpack, and while they might seem minimal, they will make a difference if you plan to use this backpack for a long time in derby. Extra pockets, practical pockets and zippers to reach for small items, extra padding on the back and shoulder straps, skate holders on the sides, ventilation (derby stink!), reinforced stitching, water bottle pocket/hanger…
Back packs are easy to carry and practical in use, but they might feel heavy with all the derby gear and extras.
Here are some examples:
Reckless Backpack - Strong, with extra padding on shoulders and back and easy reach pockets on the front, sides and top.
Atom Wheels Backpack - Strong nylon, with straps to hold your skates on the outside of the backpack and thus saving space on the inside.
Seba Backpack - has an airflow system on the back, skate strap system to hold your skates on the outside of the bag and has a rain cover!
Mota Skate Backpack - Self standing with large main compartment opened at the top of the bag, with simple skate straps on the outside
Juice Pro Backpack - Extra padding on the lower back and on the shoulder straps, detachable small messenger bag, a detachable bottom compartment and rain cover!
ROLLER DERBY ROLLING BAG - As your packing list gets longer, the weight you’ll travel with gets heavier. Especially when you add a set of extra wheels. Rolling bags might save your back and will feel so much more comfortable during longer walks from train station or airport to skate venue. Some Rolling bags have detachable back packs, which are so practical to zip off and sling around your shoulders when you don’t need to carry around all the bigger/heavier stuff. Other specs you might like are strong durable wheels, an efficient oversight of all your packed stuff in the carry-on bag, ventilated compartments to separate your gear from your clothes, …
When you cycle to practice, this might not be your favorite solution ;)
Here are some examples:
Atom Trolley - has a detachable small backpack, fits all your gear (incl helmet), features durable nylon and strong zippers
Riedell Travel Bag - Simple but strong rolling bag, with streamlined extra pockets on the top so you can stuff away your keys, phone, passport; but also a spare set of clothes, separate from your derby gear.
RD Elite Travel Bag - has a detachable backpack which can hold a lot if you pack efficiently. Water bottle holder is oversized and will hold almost any size water bottle. Plenty of different sized pockets on the backpack and also a wide one on the actual travel bag for easy access to practical items such as your phone, passport, charger etc