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Preparing your kit bag

"Where are my shin pads?" "Have you seen my towel?"" These are the kind of things you'll often hear in a changing room.To avoid having to ask those questions, here's how to prepare your kit bag. From training sessions to away games, I've got all the info you need. 

Preparing your kit bag for training

A bag that meets your needs

My advice is to take your time in choosing the right bag for you. There are different kit bags that can be carried in different ways. 

The classic holdall. Very popular with footballers, the holdall comes in many different sizes. No matter how much gear you want to carry, there will be one for you. If you're the type of player who likes to take two pairs of boots or two or three pairs of shorts in case a team-mate forgets theirs, then this could be the type of bag for you.

You can also go for a backpack, which is easier to carry, especially if you take a bike, moped or motorbike to training. 

There are roller bags too. They're very easy to move around when you're on foot. Roller bags with rigid bottoms protect your gear too. You'll often see professional players stepping off buses with a roller bag. 

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The essentials

Forget to pack something in your kit bag and you might have to say goodbye to your training session or, even worse, the weekend match. I can tell you from experience that it's hard to just sit there watching your team-mates without being able to help because you forgot to put your boots or your shin pads in your bag. 

 

 

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Let's start at the beginning: you'll need at least two pairs of boots in your bag - one for dry pitches and one for soft pitches. You have to be prepared for every possibility. In the case of an unforeseen circumstance and, for one reason or another, you have to play on grass rather than synthetic turf, what will you do if you're unprepared? 

And while this isn't news to the football world, you need shin guards (yes, they're required), a pair of low socks to wear underneath your long socks during matches, a pair of low or high socks for training sessions, shorts, a jersey and don't forget your shoes in the locker room, it's happened to a few (yes, a few) of my team-mates and it's particularly bad luck. 

 

Your kit from October to March

From October onwards, I recommend you always take a base layer, training tights, a sweatshirt or jacket and a pair of gloves with you. 

For the base layer, opt for a model that wicks away perspiration and maintains your body temperature while playing. If you want to wear a base layer during matches, don't forget that the sleeves need to be the same colour as the cuff of your jersey's sleeves. 

When picking bottoms, a jacket or a sweater, check that they also wick away perspiration and that they were designed for playing football before buying. The cut will be particularly comfortable and you won't run the risk of injuring yourself.

As for gloves, you'll need a pair that offers good grip and palms that ensure excellent ball handling. 

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For after the match or training

You'll need a towel, shower gel, shampoo and a change of underwear for after the match or training session. Packing a snack is always a good idea too. Football puts your fitness and muscles to the test so you'll need to eat something within a half hour or so after you've finished to help your body recover. The best post-match snacks have lots of protein and nutrients.

Preparing your kit bag for training

Sofiane Boumezbar

Kipsta Communication Manager:

I've been passionate about football since I was a kid, and played with a club for several years. During my career, I was never afraid to attack the opponent's goal. I started out as a right/left midfielder before switching to playmaker and then striker. Nowadays I play with friends and colleagues, and still watch all the football I can. 

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