Swimming isn't the kind of sport where you would normally think you would need a host of accessories. For the most part, a costume and a pair of goggles will suffice. Start training for speed and better technique, and you might buy some specialist floats, some hand paddles, and some fins (flippers).
I bought a £1.99 nose clip.
Normally, I would not use one. I normally don't use one. But the thought of salt water in my nose for 16+ hours made me reconsider. Just how painful would that be? So Monday was my first swim with a nose clip on. It was horrible at first. I felt like I had a stinking cold. It felt just wrong.
But it's surprising how quickly you adapt. After 45 or so minutes, I was in auto-pilot, and had forgotten all about it. An hour and a half came round before I knew it, and in the end it was taking the clip off that hurt most. It felt like I'd been punched. The bridge of my nose felt tender and bruised.
One time soldier, part-time author, full-time training manager, husband and father.