Packing For a Dragon Boat Regatta

So your next dragon boat race is coming up soon and here is a small guide to help you prepare for the day. What do I bring?

Paddling gear

  • Paddle – if you have your own
  • Seat pad – cushion for your tush, it’s a luxury
  • Gloves – for grip and/or cold weather
  • PFDs – make sure inflatables are allowed

Clothing and footwear

  • Team jersey – if you have one
  • Running shoes for warm up
  • Sandals for the boat
  • Water shoes or rain boots for muddy conditions – flip flops will get sucked into the mud
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel to dry off

*Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Make sure you have layers/dry clothing to keep warm.


  • Healthy snacks – e.g. fruits and veggies, nuts.
  • Light lunch to nibble on throughout the day – e.g. wraps, sandwiches
  • Water bottle – 1L to 2L to stay hydrated for the day
  • Thermos – for tea/coffee to stay warm on cold days

Protection from the elements

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Bug repellent
  • Rain jacket/umbrella (just in case)
  • Tent/tarp – in case it rains
  • Personal first aid kit (including bandages, antiseptic ointment, and a blister kit)
  • Bags – Large garbage/recycling bags help protect your duffel bag from the rain. It’s handy to have an extra bag for garbage.


  • music, frisbees, cards, reading material, etc.

Do NOT bring

  • valuables – jewelry