Travelling across the country for a big marathon can be nerve-wracking. As much preparation you put in becoming a better runner, you should also consider being prepared with a packing list. Why this helps? If you’ve ever packed a suitcase for travel you know how stressful it can be. You don’t want to over-pack, because come on! You are going for a run,not a vacation. To keep your sanity and the stress at bay, here’s a race-list that has been compiled Runners World writer and a fellow marathoner Suzanne Allaire. To start with, it is completely appropriate to pack any and everything. It is also acceptable to pack, unpack, repack, and so on until you’re sure you’ve got it right.

So, let’s get packing!

For the race you will need:

  • Race confirmation/ number / waiver
  • Mobile charger
  • An empty water bottle with a few tubes of electrolyte tablets to keep me hydrated
  • Healthy snacks and energy bars for the journey and the weekend
  • Your ID, cash, and credit cards
  • Travel sized toiletries, including a travel-sized first aid kit, sunscreen, lip balm, and a few energy gels
  • Antiperspirant to ward off body odour
  • A headband to keep the sweat and hair in check
  • A hat, sunglasses, and a GPS tracker ( if your phone doesn’t have one)
  • A onesie or singlet
  • A sports bra
  • Shorts or tights for the race (depending on the weather)
  • Compression Socks to avoid injuries
  • Good quality running shoes
  • Fitness tracker
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets and some vitamins

The extras:

  • Safety pins (there’s no such thing as too many of them)
  • One pair of street clothes, work clothes, and comfortable shoes
  • Another singlet as well as a short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt, shorts and tights for impromptu runs (again depending on the weather)
  • Another sports bra
  • An old T-shirt to wear on race day
  • Waterproof jacket
  • A head lamp (just in case)
  • Extra hair ties
  • A plastic bag for wet, dirty clothes
  • Compression tights and socks to wear on the flight home

With all these essentials in your suitcase, it won’t matter if you are forgetting something. Go through the list a couple of times and update it incase you missed out on anything.

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