Are you or your child starting figure skating? Before you head to your first training session, it’s vital that you have packed all the gear and accessories you need to make the most out of your time on the rink.\n\nHere are 12 pieces of figure skating equipment that should be in your bag so that you are fully ready for your training:\n\n1. A good-fitting pair of ice skates\n\nIt’s no surprise that you’ll need a good pair of ice skates to get started on the rink. Make sure that they are suitable for your skill level and fit your feet comfortably before training starts.\n\n2. A warm-up jacket\n\nMost skaters prefer to start their session with a warm-up jacket, as it can be quite cold by the rink. Having an extra layer at the beginning of practice can help your muscles stay warm and loose and lower the risk of injury.\n\n3. Extra tights\n\nA good-quality pair of tights is crucial for any ice skater. Figure skating tights are specifically designed to be more durable and warm than regular tights. While they can withstand quite a bit of wear and tear, a hole will inevitably appear sooner or later.\n\nSome holes are manageable, but others may require a quick change. Thus, it’s a good idea to keep an extra pair of tights in your bag, just in case.\n\n4. Skate guards\n\nSkate guards are absolutely essential for preserving a skater’s figure skates. They should always be worn off the ice and put on immediately after getting out of the rink.\n\nThe guards help keep the blades sharp, and protect against accidental nicks and dings while the skater walks around the rink to get to the ice.\n\n5. A Chamois cloth\n\nSkaters must dry their figure skating blades before packing their skates away to prevent rusting, so make sure to bring a chamois cloth with you to every practice.\n\nSince the cloth is made from 100% drying leather, it will help you steer clear of rust and effectively remove moisture from the blades.\n\n6. Blade covers\n\nIt's no secret that ice skates can be expensive, and they should not be left unprotected in your bag.\n\nRather than using your skate guards, which can keep moisture in and cause rusting, use soft, moisture wicking blade covers to keep your ice skates clean and free from damage.\n\n7. Gloves\n\nMost skaters prefer to wear gloves during practice. Not only do they keep your hands warm, but gloves can also help protect your hands if you fall on the ice.\n\n8. Water bottle and snacks\n\nLike playing any other form of sport, always bring water with you to stay hydrated during practice.\n\nIf the session is long, consider packing some snacks, such as nuts and fruits, to refuel and keep your energy up.\n\n9. Tissues\n\nIce rinks are cold, and most skaters find that they have runny noses during practice. Pack some facial tissues in your skate bag, just in case.\n\n10. Pads\n\nIf you’re at a level where you are practising a lot of jumps, it’s a good idea to bring some protective gear with you.\n\nPads with gel or foam cushioning can help reduce shock and protect your wrists, elbows, knees, and hips if you fall.\n\n11. First-aid kit\n\nA first-aid kit is a must for any sport. Essential items such as bandages and antibiotic ointment are always a good idea.\n\nYou may also consider bringing over-the-counter gels for bruises and muscle pain for more intensive training sessions.\n\n12. Skate bag\n\nLast but not least, you will need a skate bag to carry everything you need to and from practice. Some skaters choose a classic over-the-shoulder sports bag, but if you’re tired of lugging your skating gear around, then we recommend Zuca bags.\n\nMade with a lightweight but ultra-strong aluminum alloy frame, Zuca bags can hold up to 300 pounds, which is more than enough for all your figure skating gear. It can even act as a chair if you need a break.\n\nSome notable features of the Zuca bag include:\n\n\nA wide range of bag insert designs, as well as different frame and wheel colours.\nSmooth wheels and an extendable handle for easy movement.\nTravelling on wheels means you don’t need to worry about the bag getting too heavy to lift.\nThoughtful pocket designs inside and outside the bag keep items separate and organized.\nThe water-resistant bag insert is removable and hand-wash-safe.\n\n\nYou can learn more about Zuca figure skating bags here!\nLooking for the Right Fit? We Can Help!\nFigure Skating Boutique is your one-stop shop for all your skating needs. We have everything you need, from skating bags to skating boots for competitive, professional, and recreational skating.\n\nAs one of North America’s top skating stores with over 20 years of expertise in the figure skating industry, we are here to help you find what you need to succeed. For all your figure skating needs, visit our online store or call us at 866-957-0396 today!