The Road to Fargo: Packing my Gym Bag

The big weekend is almost here and tomorrow afternoon I will drive up with my buddy and fellow competitor, Ryan, to Fargo to compete in the Dakota Games.

He’s warned me that the AC doesn’t work very well in his car, but it should be a fun road trip and hopefully free of any bad Cohen Brothers jokes.

Packing clothes for the weekend is relatively easy – just gym socks, shorts and plenty of t-shirts. Plus some clean underwear for good measure.

The more difficult task at hand is packing my gym bag for the competition itself. It will be two long days at the arena and I want to make sure I have everything I need on hand.

My friend and Freeze Fest teammate Alice, the self-proclaimed Queen of Sweat, recommended I pack some small towels.

Our friend and fellow competitor Lara suggested tape and scissors, by which I assume she didn’t mean masking or Scotch. Coach Morgen from Solcana CrossFit reminded me that Ibuprofen in key.

This will be added to my first aid kit of band-aids and Neosporin. And Coach Andy of TwinTown CrossFit advised that I bring a band for pass-throughs, especially as my PVC might be a bit cumbersome to carry around.

So here’s what’s in my bag:

  • Trail runners
  • Lifting shoes
  • Wrist-wraps
  • Gloves
  • Weight-lifting belt
  • Jump rope
  • Blender Bottle & Whey Protein
  • Blonyx HMB+ Creatine
  • Water Bottle
  • Band-aids
  • Athletic tape
  • Ibuprofen
  • Neosporin
  • Lacrosse Ball
  • Foam Roller
  • Band
  • Watch

I haven’t mentioned food, which I know needs to be included in my bag. I want to figure out some good snacks to have with me.

I’m hoping to pop into a grocery store in Fargo to grab some items and I might just pack a few of my homemade granola bars.

What am I missing? What should I make sure I pack to ensure I have everything I need for a great weekend of competition. Share you recommendations in the comments section below.

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