Ten Things Every Figure Skater Needs to Pack Inside a Skate Bag

What to Bring With You to Figure Skating Practice Sessions

Every figure skater needs to be prepared before heading for the rink. For that reason, all figure skaters usually have a bag or some sort of luggage packed and ready to go before heading for an ice arena.  

Listed below are the things you need to pack in your skate bag. Keeping your bag neatly packed with these items will help you feel prepared for your ice skating practice sessions.

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Skates (of course!)

Take Care of Your Figure Skates
Take Care of Your Figure Skates. Photo by David Waldorf - Getty Images

All figure skaters usually own their own figure skates.  Your skates should neatly be packed in your skate bag with soakers protecting the blades.

Soakers

Ice Skate Soakers
Ice Skate Soakers. PriceGrabber Shopping Image

Soakers are terry cloth blade covers that protect and keep figure skating blades dry.  After drying your blades thoroughly, soakers should be placed over figure skating blades and then, the skates with the soakers on, should be placed in the skate bag.  

Note:  Beware that moist soakers may damage blades by causing the blades to rust.  Make sure the soakers you put on your blades are dry before putting them over your blades. 

  • Fuzzy Soakers

Guards

Skate Guards
Skate Guards. PriceGrabber Image

Every figure skater should have a pair of ice skate guards inside his or her skate bag.   Blades will be ruined if they touch concrete, wood, grass, or any surface besides ice, rubber, or carpet, so skate guards are a must.  Some skaters wear skate guards over their blades as soon as they step off the ice.

Never leave or store blades inside of plastic or rubber skate guards since doing that will cause blades to rust.  Instead, after thoroughly drying skate blades, place the blades into clean and dry soakers.  The skates, with soakers on them, can be put inside a figure skater's skate bag.

Gloves

Ice Skaters Need Gloves or Mittens
Ice Skaters Need Gloves or Mittens. Getty Images

Every figure skater needs gloves during practice.  In addition to keeping hands warm, gloves protect a skater's hands if he or she falls down on the ice.  Thin, inexpensive gloves, can be purchased at stores like Target or Walmart.  Keeping one or two pairs of gloves inside your skate bag is essential.

Towel or Rag

A Clean Towel or Rag Should Be in a Figure Skater's Skate Bag
A Clean Towel or Rag Should Be in a Figure Skater's Skate Bag. Photo by Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

 

Figure skaters must always dry blades thoroughly after skating.  A clean towel or rag should be packed inside a figure skater's skate bag so that a skater can thoroughly wipe blades clean and dry off his or her skating boots.

Music

A Figure Skater Should Keep a Copy of His or Her Music Inside His or Her Skate Bag
A Figure Skater Should Keep a Copy of His or Her Music Inside His or Her Skate Bag. Photo by Still Images / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images

Most figure skater's practice a program to music during every practice session.  Keeping your music inside your skate bag will help you to be prepared.  Make sure your music is on CDs or on your iPod or other electronic device.  If you leave a practice CD in your bag, make sure that you have a back-up copy of your music safely at home. 

Rulebook or Practice Notebook

Skaters Should Keep a Rulebook or Notebook In Their Skate Bags
Skaters Should Keep a Rulebook or Notebook In Their Skate Bags. US Figure Skating Image

Some figure skaters carry a copy of their figure skating federation's rulebook or a notebook with them to the rink that lists a practice plan or things to practice.  

Tissues

Carry Tissues With In Your Skate Bag
Carry Tissues With In Your Skate Bag. Photo by Jamie Grill / Tetra images / Getty Images

Cold ice rinks tend to cause runny noses. Be prepared by packing some facial tissues in your skate bag. 

Hair Brush or Comb and Hair Bands or Ties

A Skater Wears Her Hair Pulled Back and Up for Figure Skating
A Skater Wears Her Hair Pulled Back and Up for Figure Skating. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Girls (and boys) need to dress nicely for skating practice.  Don't forget to pack a few extra hair ties and a comb or brush in your skate bag.

Water Bottle

Bring a Water Bottle to the Ice Rink
Bring a Water Bottle to the Ice Rink. Photo by Trevor Williams / Taxi Japan Collection / Getty Images

Figure skaters need to stay hydrated during practice.  Don't forget to bring a water bottle with you to the ice rink.

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