Pro Packing Tips for Your First Pickleball Tournament

Have what you need in your pickleball bag BEFORE you need it...

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As we prepared for a big tournament recently, we were reminded of the amount of necessary preparation before we began our trip.

Of course, everyone prioritizes their needs for tournaments differently. Here's our checklist to support those that are new to pickleball tournaments.

Venue Supplies

  • Lawn chairs

  • Portable sun umbrella

  • Cooler and ice packs

 Cooler for Food and Beverages

  • Water

  • Ice

  • Water bottles

  • Electrolyte power

  • Snacks and lunch containing protein, fruit and carbs. Plus, might consider extra for your unprepared partner and/or friend…

  • Hand disinfectant/cleaner

  • Napkins

  • Fork, knife, spoon

Tournament Backpack

  • Picture ID for check-in

  • 2 pairs of shoes

  • 2 pairs of socks per day

  • 2 paddles (minimum) with name/phone number 

  • Overgrip

  • Carabiner (to hang bag)

  • Name tag with phone number

  • First aid supplies (including preferred pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, anti-cramping)

  • Hat and visor

  • Headband or hair ties

  • Sun Sleeves

  • Sunscreen (body and lips)

  • Marked warm-up balls

  • Sunglasses

  • Clear or lightly-tinted safety glasses

  • Compression socks and sleeves

  • Braces for known joint issues/tennis elbow

  • Microfiber towel for sweat and for sunglasses

  • Extra contact lenses, disinfectant and drops

  • Spare phone charger and cable

  • Cash

  • Flip flops or other comfy shoes for after games

  • Phone mount

  • Bug spray

  • Hydration neck scarf 

Yes, this is a lot...

Scale up or down depending on where the tournament is and the anticipated length of your bracket/event(s). Sometimes, food is expected to be available, but is not...

Counting down to your event...

Not only do we think it's important to have a pickleball tournament checklist, it's important to start preparing for your event several days in advance.

  • Get needed groceries

  • Map your route

  • Fill up on fuel and/or charge your car battery

  • Communicate where and when you'll meet to warm-up with your partner

The last thing you want to do is rush the morning of your event or arrive late...