What's In My (Derby) Bag: Bettie Slay

Photos by Bettie Slay

Photos by Bettie Slay

Welcome to another edition of What's In My (Derby) Bag! I don't know about you, but I'm always interested in what people carry around with them. Looking in someone's bag is kind of like getting a peek into who they are as a person.

Today's guest is none other than me, skater and blog manager, Bettie Slay. You can tell I'm a huge fan of leopard print by looking at my gear bag (an old suitcase) and skate noose. 


What do you use most?

BS: Probably my gear spray. I spray my pads after every practice and it's in my favorite scent -- lemongrass.

What's the strangest thing in your bag?

BS: I don't really have anything strange but if I had to pick one, I'd say the baby wipes. It's convenient for after a game so I don't smell like poop at the after party. 


Name something in your bag that's not derby-related.

BS: I guess something close to not derby-related is the Tiger Balm. It's the hot version and I use it for menstrual cramps. I have one in my derby bag, one in my purse, and one on my nightstand.


What's been in there the longest? 

BS: Probably the skate tools and a set of wheels (not pictured) that came with my first pair of skates. 

What's the weirdest thing that's every been in there?

BS: I used to carry around a change of underwear in my bag.

What's one thing in your bag that you can NOT live without?

BS: I have an essential oil blend for anxiety relief that I need for scrimmage.

Bettie's Bag Inventory (not including skates and protective gear):

  • Skate tools
  • Bearing press tool
  • Extra set of wheels (not pictured)
  • Knee gaskets
  • Mouthguard and case
  • Extra set of laces
  • Cooling towel
  • Lemongrass gear spray
  • Aleve
  • Baby wipes
  • Deodorant 
  • Tiger balm
  • Arnica gel
  • Essential oil blends for headache and anxiety

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