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Do you have a capoeira “to-go” bag?
Many people have to-go bags for short trips, or for going to work in the morning, or for the gym. I happen to have a to-go bag for capoeira.
A to-go bag allows you to to take off and go at a moment’s notice. It should include all of the essentials for wherever or whatever the destination may be, so that you don’t have to spend a half hour rummaging around your house looking for stuff you need to bring. It’s a good feeling knowing that you always have your necessary stuff ready to go.
Here’s a look at what’s in my capoeira to-go bag right now (sometimes there may be more, sometimes there may be less):
- Capoeira: A Brazilian Art Form by Mestre Acordeon (I brought this to class one day and haven’t taken it out yet.)
- Ankle wrap (I used to use this every time I played, sort of like a crutch, but lately I’ve been trying to ween myself off of it. It stays in there just in case.)
- Capoeira CDs (You always have to be ready with the music!)
- Empty Fruit2O bottle (Hydration is very important, kids!)
- Capoeira beanie (It’s cooold where I live these days. Though, I don’t keep it in there all the time because it might start to smell…)
- Rock (I found this on the ground one day and thought it would make a good dobrao.)
- Bic pen (For writing!)
- Extra caxixi (This one is small, so it just hangs out in the bag.)
- Capoeira notebook (I’ve had this since I started the capoeira club at my college. I keep lessons, ideas, names, and all sorts of random stuff in it. It goes well with the pen.)
- Axe deodorant spray (This isn’t in the picture, because for some reason I forgot to lay it on the floor with the rest, and I’m too lazy to take another picture.)
So there you have it, the inner workings of Faisca’s Capoeira To-Go Bag. Usually before I leave the house I’ll throw my cell-phone, wallet, and anything else I might need for the day in there as well. But this list stays in there most of the time.
And if you were wondering what holds all of these treasures:
This is a bag that I’ve had since 2000 or so. It’s a Gap one-strap bag with two front pockets and a surprisingly large main compartment. It also has a cell-phone holder on the strap, which is convenient. This little gray darling has served me well for almost 10 years (though, it does smell something awful inside, hence why I now only use it as my capoeira bag).
If you were thinking about putting together your own capoeira to-go bag, here are some essentials I think everyone should have:
- Water bottle (one that you can refill)
- Pen and paper (you never know when you’ll get an idea for an awesome combination, or when you’ll get a number from a fly capoeirista)
- Capoeira CDs (always be ready to play)
- Braces/wraps/tape/etc. (so you don’t forget your important injury-prevention tools)
- Deodorant (you know we get pretty smelly after training)
- Perhaps a quick change of clothes (a shirt or two in case you really get sweaty)
Do you have anything else to add to the list? What’s in your capoeira to-go bag? Let us know in the comments.
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