What to bring to volleyball camp and tournament? (You Need THIS!)

Volleyball camp can be a lot of fun as you will meet new people and learn new drills that can take your volleyball skills to the next level. Let’s take a look at the gear that you should bring to make a success out of your volleyball camp. It is very annoying if you forgot anything as you probably won’t have the time to buy gear. Therefore it is important that you double-check that you have everything.

Here is what you should bring: shoes, socks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, knee pads, arm pads (if needed), arm sleeves (if needed), sporting glasses (if needed), hair ties. You also should bring a towel and a drinking bottle. This will make sure that you can wipe off the sweat and that you can drink something.

Consider bringing a spare of everything so that you can replace the gear if something breaks. Volleyball is a high-intensity sport and the wear and tear on your equipment can make it useless after a while. For example, the socks contain elastics that can get weaker, and therefore your socks can drop. Having to pull them up all the time is annoying.

Also, check with the team what sleeping gear is needed if you stay overnight. If it is going to be cold, you might consider bringing a sweater so that you don’t cool off too much after training.  Let’s discuss this gear more in detail.

How to pack your gear for volleyball camp

Step 1: Find a big backpack or trolley.

You probably already have a backpack but you might need a bigger one as you need quite a lot of gear for a volleyball camp. You might take a look at duffle bags as these can also contain a lot of items. 

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Step 2: Make sure that you have all the gear. Towels, drinking bottles, shoes, socks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, knee pads, arm pads (if needed), arm sleeves (if needed), sporting glasses (if needed), and hair ties. You also might bring some snacks if these are allowed. 

Step 3: Decide if you need a spare of everything. Things do break and if you have spare gear, you are good to go. Therefore you might want to buy some more socks or t-shirts, just to be sure. You can give everything its unique place in the backpack so that it is stored orderly and you don’t have to search when you need something. 

Step 4: You might want to bring shampoo. Be sure that this is packed very well. If shampoo leaks in your bag, it is going to be a mess as all your gear will be covered by it. 

Step 5: Double-check that you have everything. Forgetting to bring something to a volleyball camp is really annoying. You can ask your team members if you can lend an item from them but this is not ideal as everyone has a different size and some players might not want to share their gear. Therefore it is important that you double-check to make sure that you didn’t forget anything. 

We discussed what volleyball gear you should get here already so let’s focus on the other things that you need to go to a volleyball camp. 

What towels should you get

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You might want to bring multiple towels to the training camp. A big towel can be used after showering. A small towel is perfect when you want to dry your shoe soles or wipe the sweat off your face. A towel doesn’t take up a lot of places so it is always easy to bring a spare one.

This can always come in handy during volleyball camp. From spoiling water to sweating a lot more than expected, towels are always useful. Cotton towels are better at retaining sweat than towels made out of synthetic materials. These cost slightly more but are worth it. 

What water bottle should you get?

A lot of players don’t own a water bottle so we can go over it here. This is really handy as you will drink a lot of water during volleyball camp. Check the taps if you are allowed to drink the water or not. Water bottles are environmentally friendly and easy to refill. It saves a lot of weight as carrying multiple bottles of water can be very heavy.

Therefore a water bottle can be a great alternative. They are also easier to drink from than a standard water bottle as they retain their shape even when the water bottle is almost empty. Furthermore, they won’t break that fast if you drop them.

The main drawback is that you have to clean them from time to time. So after your volleyball camp, you will have to take out a brush and clean the bottle or place it in the washing machine. This isn’t a dealbreaker but something that you have to consider when buying a water bottle. I think that owning one is great as it saves a lot of space and weight. 

You might also have a session during which you talk about strategy. Therefore you might want to bring a pen and notepad to write down what you have learned. This will indicate to the coach that you are taking the training camp very seriously and could get you a spot on the team. You don’t have to write down everything that is being said but writing down some bullet points could help a lot. It is easy to forget these things if you don’t write them down and reread them from time to time. There are a lot of nuances in volleyball and these are often discussed during the strategy sessions.  

To conclude, we can state that you need the following for volleyball camp: Towels, drinking bottle, shoes, socks, underwear, tshirt, shorts, knee pads, arm pads (if needed), arm sleeves (if you plan to dive), sporting glasses (if needed), hair ties, backpack, towels, shampoo, snacks, and a drinking bottle. All of these are essential. Check with your club if other things are needed but this should be a good start. Consider bringing a spare of everything as things break and it is great to have a backup plan in place if it happens to your equipment.