Michelle Cerino lists 5 things she includes for shooting competition … little extras that make all the difference in the world.
Packing for a weekend match is always extremely time-consuming. Sure, there are the obvious items to pack: my firearms, gear and ammunition. But then comes the other stuff—you know, the products that make life just a little more bearable when I’m out in the elements.
2. Lens Wipes come in many different forms. I always attach the pouch that holds my microfiber lens-cleaning cloth to my range bags. It’s easy to get to, and it works great for situations that involve sweat or rain on my lenses. For those times when dirt, fingerprints, or unknown gunk appears on my glasses, I carry packets of disposable pre-moistened lens-cleaning wipes. Both products are small and convenient to carry.
3. Electrolyte–Enhanced Drink Tablets are the perfect way to keep from crashing on long days. Enclosed in small tubes, they fit easily in any range bag. There are many different flavors and brands, so it’s just a matter of taste preference. Make sure to read the directions so you know how much water to mix the tablet into.
4. Cooling Products are the extras I bring that many fellow competitors envy. As I’ve mentioned in Keeping Cool on a Hot Range, numerous products are available to aid in keeping your body temperature down, including Polar Products cooling clothing, O2Cool personal fans and misting bottles, Omni-Freeze Zero cooling technology fabric and Frogg Toggs hyper-evaporative material that provides a refreshing feeling. As your core temperature increases, your performance declines. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are serious conditions. You should always take precautions to avoid a situation that could lead to them.
5. Sunscreen and Bug Spray are musts for any trip. Sun protection is important for various health reasons…and honestly, when I get sunburned, it makes the next few days of the match really uncomfortable. Bug spray keeps me from losing my mind. Between the biting flies, mosquitos and ticks, I practically exhaust myself swatting and shoeing these evil beings away.
Just remember, with a little more packing, you can make your competitions all the more comfortable and enjoyable. What extras do you bring along?