As a very seasoned travel racer, I have learned the fine art of packing for a race. Here are my absolute must-have, cannot-travel-without items for a great race day.
When I’m packing for a vacation, I have a separate “go bag” that will hold all my race/running gear. The first thing in that bag is my favorite pair of running shoes.
Regular socks will not work for race day. This is the one thing I have never forgotten. I wear older running shoes when traveling so I always have a backup pair of shoes. But socks can make or break a race. My favorites are Swiftwick. I love the compression, the wicking, the DURABILITY. These have been washed a lot and they keep their shape and stitching. I cannot say enough about Swiftwick.
I do consider my Garmin Forerunner my race partner. I have been a Forerunner wearer since my first month as a runner. I need the pacing info to keep myself in check and prevent that lovely “too fast too soon” issue that leaves me crawling the last half.
Whether it’s headphones or earbuds, I have several favorites.
5. Running tights
The only ones for me are Nike. I wish I had bought more than 2 pair because they are hard to find now at a reasonable price. I use these for most runs and racing.
I wear anything and everything on race day. I wear plain tshirts or the wicking tech shirts. I do not have a hard and fast rule on what to wear with my tights. My first race shirt was an Alabama tshirt.
I use an iPod or my iPhone to listen to my running playlists. I love the iPod for longer races because it’s small and easy to wear. I love the iPhone for shorter races and training runs because I use running various fitness/running apps. I always pack both.
There are other essentials I could list, but this is what I put in my race bag when traveling for a race. I lay everything out the night before and make sure everything is charged and ready to go.