Packing List When Travelling to a Race

Good morning and happy weekend! Given that I recently ran a race away from home (Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC), the logistics of running a destination race are fresh in my mind. Destination races/”runcations” are one of my favorite parts of running! You don’t want to be without the essentials for race day, so I have developed a list of things you should bring with you.


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Race packing list:

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  • Gatorade and water bottles, unless you’re flying. Bring an empty Nalgene with you to the airport so you can fill it after security gates.
  • If you check-in your bag, wear your racing sneakers and carry on any essential race items such as your ipod/garmin. If your suitcase gets lost, you can purchase race clothes at the expo.
  • I usually bring post-race snacks such as cliff bars, trail mix, and apples with me as the last thing I want to be doing post-race is shopping for food!
  • Bring all iPod/music/Garmin chargers with you and make sure you charge everything the night before the race.
  • BODY GLIDE
  • Bring a portable foam roller or massage stick.
  • Pack some extra plastic bags (or use hotel plastic laundry bag) for dirty clothes.
  • Pack extra pair of sneakers or comfortable shoes to wear post-race.
  • Pack several different race outfits so you can adjust depending on the temperature/humidity level of the race location.
  • Bring a throw-away long sleeve or fleece (races usually donate the clothing to charity) to wear in the early morning on race day.

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You should pack the following in your race checked bag (I usually don’t check in a bag unless I know that I will be waiting at the finish line for others, etc):

  • Pack dry socks or flip flops
  • Long sleeve shirt and an extra jacket depending on the weather
  • Body glide
  • Extra snacks
  • Cell phone if you don’t carry it during the race

What are the race-day items that you can’t live without?

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