Traveling Race Check List

Not So Perfect Life

I do a lot of traveling for races, it comes with the territory of trying to do a half marathon in every state! While I love traveling and I love exploring new cities it can be stressful making sure you don’t forget anything.

In the past I have been known to forget things like body glide or chews to take during the race. Those are usually no big deal because you can grab them at most expos or local drug stores. BUT sometimes I forget big ticket items like… pants or sports bras. Those are not easy to replace and can cause serious chaffing problems.

Because I am very forgetful I developed this little go to race check list when I pack. I usually lay everything out before stuffing it in my suitcase.

  • Ready to go pre-race breakfast
  • Gels, chews or other race nutrients
  • Body Glide
  • Sports bra
  • Pants/ Shorts
  • Running top
  • Shoes
  • Hair ties
  • headband
  • 2 Pairs socks
  • Extra safety pins
  • Clothes for changes in weather (Raincoat, layers etc.)
  • Advil
  • Garmin watch
  • Ipod Shuffle
  • Driver License to pick up packet and get through security

If I forget anything else its no biggie BUT forgetting pants is not an option, ever again :)

Its only 2 days until I head to Madison for the Madison Mini Marathon. Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions on where to eat/ what to do in the area. It is going to be a really fun weekend. I think I’m shooting for a “relaxed” race with a 2 hour finish. Fingers crossed my flight out of NYC is not delayed Friday night cause I’ll need all the sleep I can get!

What special things do you pack when you are headed to a non local race?

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Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
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12 Responses to Traveling Race Check List

  1. I just started getting back into running again, so this checklist will be super helpful for me when I go to run a race. Thanks!
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted…WIAW #10 — Homemade PizzaMy Profile

  2. Have a blast at the race! That’s a great checklist that I will be saving for future races. I just imagine everything I need to put on and in my fuel belt and pack that and extras. I’ve learned to back some warm clothing too because I’ve been under dressed before. Can’t wait to hear how it goes – I’m sure it will be a blast! :)
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  3. Have fun at the race! That’s a really good checklist. I haven’t run any races that aren’t local, but I think you have everything covered!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food recently posted…Fabulous Pinterest FindsMy Profile

  4. Good luck lady! Forgetting pants definitely would not be fun! I’m known for forgetting socks when I get to the gym. Usually results in me wearing my black work socks….I figure if I’m gonna look strange I may as well rep them so I usually pull them up and pretend they’re knee socks lol
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Dairy-Free Cauliflower GratinMy Profile

  5. safe travels…and yes hope your plane is right on time so you get a good night sleep…even though i don’t have to travel this is a good idea for me to lay out all my stuff since i fret about what i may forget! i sent you an email so hopefully we can hook up!
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  6. Thanks for this wonderful check list! As a fairly new runner, I’ve been wondering what I should take to races so this is so very helpful! Especially good idea to bring advil… I often have to take it for my knees, but I don’t think I would have remembered to take it to a race. Have safe travels and good luck on the mini marathon! You will do great! :)
    Alex@Veggin’ Out recently posted…WIAW – Trying it OutMy Profile

  7. I’ve done a lot of races but never traveled for one…YET. These are great ideas!!
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted…Skinny Piña ColadaMy Profile

  8. Great check list for sure!

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