My Skateboarding Survival Kit To Save A Sesh

I always carry around more items than I should, and most of the time I don’t need them. There are days when just bringing an extra bearing or a skate tool can save your session.

It’s not just saving your own session, sometimes you canĀ  help another skater out and people really appreciate that. We’ve all been there, and often you only need an item when it’s too late.

Sometimes you break a bearing, come across a ledge that needs some waxing, need to patch yourself up, or replace your ripped laces.

So I looked at my skateboard backpack and decided to check out its content, here are 11 essentials things I carry around when skateboarding.

A Skate Tool

several skateboard tools

The most essential thing you really need to bring when skateboarding is a skate tool. it saved me so many drives back home that I can’t recall. I love to tweak my board every time I go out and ride, especially when riding transition.

Not every skate tool is equal though, you really get what you pay for. My favorite is still the Silver skate tool, the only thing it lacks is a re-threader.

  • It’s sturdy, super fast when removing or replacing hardware.
  • Can deal with Allen and Philips bolts
  • Can be used to scratch grip tape
  • Allows you to tweak your trucks

An Extra Bearing (or Two)

Bronson vs Bones bearings

Bearings break, especially if you ride cheaper bearings like Bones Reds or Mini Logo. I always carry an extra set, not just for me, but when someone breaks one I help out. Of course you don’t have to carry brand new bearings like I do.

Just a few old bearings are fine and will get you through your session. Riding on one bearing just won’t work. You also might want to add a couple of speedrings/washers, I always misplace them when swapping my wheels or bearings.


Hardware usually damages when you tighten them too much or just wear out over time. Bringing a set of bolts and nuts is always a good idea, you won’t need them often but when you do you’re glad you brought them with you.

Axle Nuts

Axle nuts get destroyed and when you primo often, the really wear fast. They are super cheap and can save the day when you need to replace a bearing. It’s pretty frustrating when you just can’t get the axle nut back on the axle thread.

Pocket Knife or Stanley knife

A utility knife or packet knife can be used to cut laces, even out chips or cutting the edges of when applying grip tape. There are probably a million good reasons to bring a knife, and one really bad reason.

First Aid Kit

Sometimes you learn the hard way. I recently wanted to replace some grip tape and managed to cut myself with my utility knife. Fortunately somebody was smart enough to bring some bandages so I could patch myself up.

I now carry a small First Aid Kit just in case, hopefully I or anyone else don’t need it anytime soon.

Food & Drinks

Obviously staying hydrated is important and skateboarding always makes me thirsty. I usually bring one or two Camelbak bottles and fill them to the brim with water.

As for food; a banana works wonders to quickly get some energy and if you’re in for a long sessions making a couple of sandwiches won’t hurt. I’ll leave the choice of desired food to you, this is just something I personally prefer.


skateboard wax and grip tape

Wax is great for practicing slappies on curbs, grinding rusty flatbars and dry ledges. I often also wax my board a bit to boardslide copings and it really makes a difference. Make sure you don’t overdo it and ask your fellow skaters if they don’t mind.

Waxing without asking could be considered rude, I recently encountered a couple of Rollerbladers who waxed the coping in my local park and they really went overboard. Probably had something to do with their inability to grind. Fortunately I always carry a piece of griptape and removed the wax.

Wax can melt so make sure to wrap it in a plastic bag. As a bonus, bring a piece of sand paper or grip tape. This will allow you to remove some of the excess wax.


Snapping laces is part of the game but it’s super annoying. Usually you can fix them temporarily but sometimes you really have to replace your laces. Fortunately skate shoes often come with an extra pair of laces, easy to stow away in your backpack

A Phone

You probably bring your phone when skateboarding and obviously you want to be able to make a call when you injured yourself. It’s not only great for emergencies, a phone with a decent camera is great for snapping awesome pics and vids!


Let’s just say tissues are not only convenient to clean your hands but sometimes you just gotta go.

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Ruben Vee

I love skateboarding but my age is catching up. I decided to use my experience to skate less and write more. 20 years of skateboarding allows me to offer original and unique insights for many styles of skateboarding.