Packing for bootcamp

Young, pretty looking woman doing press ups on a concrete bench on the beach on a bright, slightly hazy, summer evening. Strong backlighting provides a warm feel

What you pack for bootcamp largely depends on where you’re going and at what time of year. Obviously, if you’re going to Ibiza in the Summer you’ll need a very different kit than if you’re going to Scotland in March.

So what should you be taking? Each bootcamp will provide you with their own recommended kit list once you’ve made your booking. Some even provide a bit of the basic list for you (like hairdryers and dressing gowns, even toiletries etc) but to give you a general idea we’ve put together the following lists to help you prepare.

Basics for all bootcamps:

  • Good trainers / sports shoes that have been worn in (suggest 2 pairs)
  • Smart evening clothes for your last night (your bootcamp may provide a group meal out)
  • Plenty of underwear & socks
  • Comfy lounge wear for dinner and chilling out after exercise
  • Plenty of t shirts & a warm sweatshirt / fleece
  • Exercise pants / shorts / gym clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Dressing gown
  • Medications such as allergy (antihistamine) tablets, pain killers (paracetamol)

Hot, sunny & UK Summer destinations:

  • Water Bottles or Camelbak Hydration
  • Rucksack to carry water bottles etc…
  • Towels x 2
  • Compeed blister packs, just in case
  • Suncream / sun block / after-sun care
  • Sun hat, bandanas or caps for exercising in
  • Sports sun glasses for UV protection
  • Hiking boots that have been worn in
  • Flip-Flops / Sandals
  • Swimming costume / trunks / bikini
  • Plenty of socks and underwear
  • In winter months bring a lightweight waterproof & breathable jacket / trousers

Colder climates and UK Winter destinations:

  • WARM exercise clothing – lots of thin layers so you can add/ remove as necessary
  • Trainers, 2 pairs recommended
  • Hiking boots – get a really good pair and wear them in before you go
  • Waterproof trousers & jacket (with a hood!)
  • Beanie hats, at least 2
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Warm sweatshirts / fleeces
  • Plenty of warm socks and underwear
  • Plenty of t shirts & other spare clothing in case of wet weather!
  • Indoor shoes (e.g. slippers)
  • Warm, comfy clothes for evenings after training

You might also like to take an iPod and a book for when you get a bit of down time in the evenings, though you can expect to be provided with evening entertainment like films on a comfy sofa 🙂