What should I take with me to the Wimbledon Tournament?

Attending the Championships, Wimbledon is the ultimate experience for any tennis fan. But in all the excitement, it can be easy to forget something vital.

Here’s a quick checklist of everything you need to bring with you to Wimbledon to enjoy an unforgettable day of tennis.

Get weather-ready for Wimbledon

If you are planning to queue for tickets you need to be well-prepared. Wimbledon can produce all four seasons’ worth of weather across the fortnight, or sometimes in one day, so planning ahead is key.

Sun (and rain) protection

Suncream, sunhats, sunglasses and a handheld fan are hopefully all you will need. But a poncho or other waterproof, an umbrella and something warm to wear should also be carried, worn or tucked in the bottom of your bag.

If the weather is likely to be poor, you could also bring a lightweight towel to dry yourself off. Only Centre Court and No. 1 Court have roofs, and you will still be doing a lot of walking outdoors on the day.

Clothing

Several thin layers of clothing will give you the most flexibility, including a waterproof layer. You’ll be able to adapt to Wimbledon’s famously changeable weather, without being weighed down by extra baggage (which you may have to leave at left luggage anyway).

Footwear

Bring sensible, comfortable footwear. Sacrificing style on the big day might be unthinkable, but Wimbledon isn’t the place to break in a new pair of shoes.

The Wimbledon grounds are huge. Although you will be sitting for a large part of the day, many first-time attendees at the Tournament are surprised by the amount of distance they have to walk over the course of the day.

While you might not explore all 42 acres of the grounds, plenty of going back and forth could give you blisters in the wrong footwear.

Camping out?

If you are planning to camp out to increase your chance of getting tickets to the show courts, there are many more things to consider:

Tent and sleeping equipment

Wimbledon rules state that you cannot pitch anything larger than a two-person tent. Although you will be pitching your tent on grass, this can be unforgiving in the Summer months, so you will need an inflatable mattress or foam camping mat together with a sleeping bag.

Don’t forget a towel, toothbrush, wet wipes and any other toiletries you might need. There will be portable toilets and sinks available, but no showers. Local gyms often offer a day pass to weary Wimbledon fans in need of a shower, but prepare for more queuing.

Some fans camp out for multiple nights. If you intend to camp for more than one night, consider a picnic blanket and a fold-up or inflatable chair as you will be sitting around outside your tent during the day.

You will need a lantern and/or a torch as there is minimal lighting around the Wimbledon grounds at night. A solar phone charger and a power bank or spare battery are musts.

If you are a light sleeper or are likely to be kept awake by the snoring of a thousand tennis fans, pack some earplugs.

A Camera or Camera Phone

You’ll want to capture memories of the day and, depending on your seat, a camera phone or a camera with a good lens will get you amazing close-up shots of the on-court action. Zoom lenses over 300mm, tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are not allowed.

Flash photography is prohibited as it is off-putting for players.

Food and drink

There are plenty of food and beverage options at Wimbledon and there will be no shortage of strawberries and cream, and Pimms available.

There are numerous water refill points, so you do not need to bring full bottles of water.
You can take your own food and drink into the grounds, although certain rules apply:

Food

You can take a small picnic, but it will need to fit into your bag allowance. Flasks over 500ml are not allowed.

Alcohol

You can take alcohol into the grounds with you but this is subject to the following per-person allowance:

  • 1 bottle of wine or Champagne (750ml) or
  • 2 cans of beer (500ml) or
  • 2 cans of premixed aperitifs

Bottles of spirits or fortified wines are prohibited.

Medication

Don’t forget to pack any regular medication you’ll need to take during the day, and your epipen or antihistamine if you have allergies. Consider packing paracetamol and other medication you might need so your day isn’t ruined by a headache.

A Debit or Credit Card

Note that the food and drink kiosks at Wimbledon now accept only cards for payment. It is probably a good idea to have a spare card, kept apart from your primary card in case you lose one.

A fully-charged smartphone and accessories

Remember to charge your phone the night before, and consider packing a spare battery or power bank to keep your smartphone charged throughout the day. If your phone’s battery isn’t likely to last the day, you should also consider taking printed copies of schedules and a map of the grounds.
Bring headphones or earbuds to listen into commentary or scores from other courts when there is a lull on yours. Bluetooth speakers may not be permitted.

The myWimbledon app

From 2021, all Wimbledon tickets are digital. The myWimbledon mobile app is an easy way to show your ticket, although you should also take a printout of your ticket as a backup.
The myWimbledon app is also useful for visitors to the grounds generally, showing the scores and results around the courts, and it has a map.

A good bag

Given all the clothing and other gear you’re planning to take with you to Wimbledon, a good-sized bag is essential. Hard-sided containers like cool boxes and hampers are not allowed, and bags cannot exceed 40cm x 30cm x 30cm (16” x 12” x 12”).

Wimbledon weather can be unpredictable, but if you are bringing food you’d prefer to keep cool, you can pack everything in a soft-sided freezer bag.

Be COVID safe

2022’s Wimbledon event may follow similar COVID rules to those enforced during the 2021 tournament.

In 2021, proof of vaccination or a recent negative test was required, while facemasks were mandatory for queues and moving around the grounds.

Also, there was no camping for the few remaining tickets at the gate, so if you don’t have a ticket, check ahead to see if this tradition is returning for 2022.

Hand sanitiser and wet wipes will also come in handy for use in social spaces and the toilets. The facilities at Wimbledon are regularly cleaned, but it is always wise to be prepared.

Things you can’t take to Wimbledon

One easy rule to fall foul of at Wimbledon is the ban on sharp knives and corkscrews, so plan your picnic accordingly. Also on the prohibited list are large bags, picnic hampers and cool boxes.
Political slogans on clothing, no matter how fashionable, are also banned, as are selfie-sticks and professional camera lenses over 300mm.

Wimbledon also has general discretion to ban any other item that may “pose a hazard to the safe delivery of The Championships”.

Check for updates before you go

Even if COVID rules have been fully relaxed long before the Championships start, you should check the Wimbledon website for updated guidelines before you go.

Wimbledon’s rules regarding food, alcohol, bags and other restrictions are unlikely to change at the last minute, but you still don’t want to be caught out as you enter the grounds.

Going to Wimbledon? – TLDR checklist of items to bring:

  • Suncream
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Handheld fan
  • Poncho or waterproof
  • Umbrella
  • Several thin layers of clothing
  • Warm layer of clothing
  • Lightweight towel
  • Sensible footwear
  • Camera phone or camera
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Medication
  • A spare credit or debit card
  • Printed copy of the schedule and map
  • Printed copy of your tickets
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • myWimbledon app
  • A good-sized bag
  • Facemask (if required)

If camping:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mattress or foam mat
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Picnic blanket
  • Fold-up or inflatable chair
  • Lantern and/or torch
  • Solar phone charger
  • Earplugs