After you use chalk regularly you will understand why it is essentially necessary for most strength athletes. This is esp true if you choose to engage in power or olympic lifting lifts. Deadlifting/snatching/cleaning etc are two different things with and without chalk.
I love chalk. Its waay better than straps. Just using chalk instead of straps for all my olympic stuff, deads, and back in general made my hand strength go up a ton. I find it also just makes me more comfortable holding on to things.
Yes, chalk helps in the lift, saves your skin, tastes great in a protein shake and makes masturbating ten times more fun. Seriously though....yes chalk makes rack pulls, deads, heavy shrugs etc better. Kinda messy for some of you Nancys, but I work out in my barn mostly and like getting dirty.
My hands sweat profusely so I'm definitely a chalk fan. One trick I've learned over the years is to put a tennis ball in the bag of chalk once the chalk is all powdery.
The chalk will collect on the tennis ball so you can just grab the ball and roll it around in your hands to get an even coat. Of course, you can choose not to do this and just pull a LeBron every time you hit the weights, which is a route I often go.
Bought chalk when I bought my straps and I'm glad I never got to use them since chalk is all I needed. It helped a lot to improve my feeble grip to the point it's the least of my worries when I deadlift.
just order it on line. I ordered mine for about $10-15 it came in a case of about 12 packages that look like bars of soap. It's cheap. I'm still on my first block of chalk and I've been using it for about a year and a half. I don't use it much because my gym doesn't allow it but I sneak it on heavy deadlift days or high rep deadlift days.
do you just bring it in a sock or something? What is the best thing to keep it in so it won't make a mess in my car and from carrying it around, but that I could still just pat it onto my hands at the gym when I need some?