Gear is a very personal decision so there is no one size fits all but there are some essentials, recommended and splurge items that should be in everyone’s dresser or closet. Past the bare bones essentials there are other recommended items. A rain, wind or thermal vest or jacket will save you on a cold or damp day. Arm warmers were almost included in the essentials category due to their versatility. Using arm warmers in the morning before it warms up and being able to fold them into your back pocket can be a lifesaver.
If you want some ideas, head over to our list of Essential Triathlon Gear and Gear that are not must-haves but sure are nice-to-haves.