What Should I Keep in My Tennis Bag?

What Should I Keep in My Tennis Bag?

Something that I have always found interesting about some tennis and pickleball players is when they say they don't need a bag. As someone that has a specific bag dedicated to the sport, I don't know how it's possible. And then it occurred to me that people might not know all the things that you can keep in your bag that might be helpful when you are on the courts. I have stuff for pretty much everything that might arise so I wanted to share with you what's in my bag! 

Personal Items 

When I go and play tennis and pickleball I don't want to lug my purse out onto the court. I don't want it to get dirty and I don't want to take the chance that it will get stolen. So I throw my keys, cell phone, and wallet in my bag. 

Sun Protection / Lotions 

I burn really easily so a must for me in my bag is sunscreen. I apply it at home before I leave but usually need to reapply at the end of playing. This also comes in handy because I usually will get food or a drink after with who I'm playing with and usually this activity takes place outside as well. I keep a lip balm in my bag as well to protect my lips and keep them moisturized. 

My hands don't sweat that much but I will usually have a lotion from tourna in my bag just in case they start to sweat that day. 


Water is a must anytime you go and play tennis or pickleball. When you are playing you are sweating so it's really easy to get dehydrated. I love my Hydro Flask, especially with our hot Sacramento summers, it keeps my ice from melting and my drink super cold. I think it's always a good idea to have a small snack in your bag, you never know when you might need it. A banana and a power bar are usually my go-to options. 

Hats/Visors and Sunglasses

I am someone that personally doesn't play with hats and visors. I play with my Maui Jim sunglasses and I love them. They hold my head tight enough to not fall off while playing but not too tight that it gives me headaches. I keep a visor in my bag though just for those days when the sun's glare is too much and hits me at a weird angle that my glasses can't help with. 


I don't have an extra pair of tennis shoes in my bag but I do have a pair of flip-flops. As soon as I am done playing for a few hours nothing feels better than taking my tight tennis shoes off and slipping into a comfortable pair of flip-flops. I do have some friends that have an extra pair of tennis shoes in their bag in case the one they are wearing is rubbing them in a weird way causing a blister. Not a bad idea, I just don't personally need to do that. 


Having a towel in your bag is always a good idea so you can wipe off the sweat on your arms, hands, and face while playing... Nothing is attractive about being a sweaty mess. 

Extra Gear 

Having extra overgrips in your bag is always a good idea. Most of the time I forget to replace my overgrip at home and don't realize until I pull my racquet / paddle out that my racquet could really use a new grip. Keeping them in my bag is a lifesaver, I just do a quick grip change and then have a fresh-feeling grip. It's always a good idea to have a can of tennis/pickleball balls in your bag as well. It's nice etiquette to provide balls every other time (if you are playing with the same people). While I don't personally play with a dampener, I keep one in my bag for my friends. I can't tell you how many times I am playing with someone and their dampener flies off while playing and we can't find it on the court. It only costs me $3.99 and I end up being a lifesaver, totally worth it! 

Backup Racquet

This last item might not be for everyone due to the price but it's always a good idea to have a backup racquet. If you are someone that breaks strings this is a must, there would be nothing worse than being in the middle of a match and having to forfeit because you broke your strings. Or sometimes there are just freak incidents that happen where your strings can break. I am not a string breaker, I don't hit with enough power and topspin to break them. However, last week I pulled my tennis racquet out of my bag, and my natural gut popped! Talk about a shock... But I was so happy I had a backup racquet in my bag! Your tennis and pickleball bag is a personal preference to you, your style, and what you find useful out on the court. These are some of the items that I swear by in my bag, I can't wait to hear what your musts are in your bag! 

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