When prepping for a tournament there are only a few key things to consider, but many things to remember. Don’t find yourself cold and wet, or scorched and dragging!
- Weather: It’s pretty simple when you think about it. Cold? Bring layers. Wet? Bring rain gear and a change of clothes – don’t forget socks (you can never pack too many). Hot? Bring ample water, a hat, and sunglasses.
- Course Amenities: Often are no washroom facilities or running water nearby so make sure you pack enough water (and take out whatever containers you brought in) and supplies. If you’re the outdoorsy type, bring what you need to “sort yourself out” – but keep the environment in mind! Otherwise, figure out where the nearest washrooms are to the course and visit them before you start playing.
- Accommodations: If you’re looking to compete on a budget, camping is always an option. There are often plenty of places, so shop around for the deals. For those with a bit more money to burn, or who are looking to make a family vacation out of it, cabin style camping, or even a motel/hotel might be available. (Unless you’re in the sticks. If so, see the previous option.)
- Nutrition: Fuel is key to keeping pace throughout major events. (next to that, sleep – don’t party too hard the night before.) Be sure to eat a good breakfast and pack a lunch. Snacks throughout the round are also beneficial. If you’re looking for a jump start in the morning, try a banana. Keep your food choices light in a sense that they won’t sit heavy in the gut – it’ll turn to an anchor and ruin your game!
Things to Remember
- Keep your bag light. Don’t bring more discs than you need. Unnecessary weight will wear you out more quickly.
- Bug spray or deterrent (clip-ons are great)
- Lightweight portable chair
- Rain Gear: Waterproof jacket and pants, galoshes, Large Umbrella – if it’s pouring out, it’ll help key you dry – and your discs. Change of clothes – waterproof gear doesn’t breathe, depending on how bad it is you could be soaked inside and out.
- Towel(s) to dry your discs, if it rains.