This is a very short guide to fencing equipment for parents.
We assume that your child's coach has helped them purchase
equipment, so you should be familiar with everything below.
Think of this as a checklist for what should be in the
equipment bag before leaving for a competition.
The absolute minimum:
Underarm Protector (Plastron)
Breast Protector - mandatory for girls
Long Socks - must reach bottom of your knickers
Fencing Shoes or Sneakers
Lamé - for foil and sabre
at least two working weapons
at least two working body cords - plus head cords for sabre
Towel for face
Exact change for competition entry fees
Warmup jacket and pants
Things you should also have
Plenty of water or sports drink
Snacks (as appropriate for the length of the competition)
Any medications your child might need (esp. inhalers)
Dry clothing for after - shirt, socks
Tool kit - tiny screwdrivers for cords and tips, big screwdriver
and/or Allen wrench for tightening handles, pliers, spare parts, towel
for cleaning weapons.
Husky makes an excellent precision screwdriver kit you can pick up for around
$5 from Home Depot or Amazon.
Things you should also consider at school, local and regional events
At USFA events there is always medical help available.