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A Parkour bag is essential for long days out training. Today we will be going over what to include in your pack and what to leave at home.
First and foremost you need to get a bag. I use a simple drawstring Adidas bag, but you can get bags specifically designed for Parkour from companies like Fast Break. The main advantage of Parkour designed bags is that they allow you to roll while wearing the bag, which is very useful. Take note of the bag's comfort, the lighter the better; You are going to be wearing it for hours on end after all. Make sure you have proper mobility while wearing the bag, even if you plan on taking it off once you start jamming. The bag should be durable as well, a weak bag will tear after just a few sessions. Now lets move on to what we should put in our bag.
What you put in your bag is equally important to the bag itself. You want to fill it with an inventory that will aid you in your training. The following is a list of what I keep in my training bag throughout the year.
First Aid Kit
Let’s face it, injuries are bound to happen; be prepared for them with a hefty first aid pack to combat the cuts and bruises you may receive whilst training.
An obvious essential. Stay hydrated by drinking a sip of water every ten minutes. Even if you are not thirsty, it's still the right thing to do.
This is only for long days far away from home. I carry trail mix and other means of appeasing my hunger for those always fun nature sessions. I recommend that you do the same.
Another no brainer, useful if you get lost or seriously injure yourself. Plus it's great for posting on Parkour Live about all the fun you’re having.
Spare clothes are useful if you don’t want to walk home draped in your sweaty training clothes. I tend to just wear my training clothes until I get home to my ice cold shower, but the choice is yours.
Shoe cleaner is very useful if you accidentally step in gum or other unwanted substances. I learned how useful it was the hard way, hopefully you don’t have to. Shoes are a Traceur's best friend so we should try to keep them in top condition if at all possible.
Sunscreen is good for those of us who tend to burn easily. Recommended for training from 10:00AM-2:00PM (this is when the sun is at its peak.) Sunburn may not seem like a big deal but be warned, it can cause serious damage later on in life.
Bugspray is nice to have during those humid forest sessions when you are constantly being assaulted by insects. Try not to inhale it too much, it can have adverse effects on your lungs.
Swiss Army Knife
Swiss army knives are versatile tools which can help you in a lot of situation. These are useful even if you are not out practicing Parkour. I carry one with me wherever I go.
Dit Da Jow
This one requires a bit of explaining due to the fact that you are probably not familiar with this wondrous tonic. Dit Da Jow is a Chinese liniment used to heal external damage to the body. You can use it to heal bruises, sore muscles, and so much more. It is recommended that you leave it on the injured area for two hours in order to yield the best results.
This guide should be used as a reference if you are stumped about what to put into your bag. I hope this helps you to get the most out of your training. Until next time,