Swim-Meet Must-Haves

DVR the Olympics and head out to Madison's All-City Swim Meet—with these key items in tow

Aug 1, 2012

With the All-City Swim Meet looming a few days away, we asked Dave Dahler, the longtime manager of Walter’s Swim and Sun, what three things parents and other onlookers will need to survive the meet. While he recommends patience, the ability to creatively park and a back-up pair of goggles from Walter’s for the competitors, we searched around town for a few more items to make the weekend easier.

To stop the sun’s harsh rays in their tracks, head to Sacred Feather, where you can find both men’s and women’s hats with high UPF ratings. While the store offers many basic hats with great protection and easy-to-wear styles, our favorite was the Scala Brandi, a wide-brimmed hat with a chic black ribbon that you’ll want to wear long after the bullpen has cleared. $35

With the weather forecast promising an 80-plus-degree weekend, getting enough fluids will be a must for both you and your swimmer. Instead of shelling out for bottled water, stop at Sports World to pick up what will soon become your favorite water bottle. The Camelbak Groove comes with its own filtration system that purifies tap water for up to three months and features the brand’s anti-spill bite valve. The valve folds down when not in use, keeping the mouthpiece clean. $26.99

Even if Saturday brings clouds and rain, a good sunscreen is essential, especially for those standing near the reflective pool. Community Pharmacy has just the product with their Badger SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen. This natural product boasts extra zinc oxide and up to eighty minutes of water resistance. The unscented, biodegradable formula will keep both your fellow cheerleaders and the environment happy, and the broad-spectrum protection will help prevent the dreaded Monday-morning nose burn. $13.35 for 2.9 oz.

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