On race day you can never be too prepared – stay calm and coordinated with Run Ink’s handy-dandy packing tips.
- If you’re flying, pack your race day gear in your carry on to avoid any panic over lost luggage.
2. Wear compression socks on your flight as well as on your race day – flying causes dehydration and compression socks, as well as lots of water consumption, can help fight the symptoms of high altitudes.
3. Bring clothes you plan on tossing – weather is finicky no matter where you are, and your personal temperature is going to fluctuate a lot over the course of the big day. Wear clothes you plan on tossing, so you can peel them off guilt-free as you run. Clothes-Pin.org collects and sorts discarded clothing/shoes on marathon routes and then donates it all to local shelters. Such a great idea and cause.
4. Pack Ziplocks in all sizes – just like packing a suitcase you plan to check, avoid soggy clothes and a damaged cell phone with Ziplock bags.
5. Just in case: Cash and forms of identification – the key really is to be prepared for any and all outcomes. Cash will come in handy if you need to take transportation back to your locker or starting point. A form of ID, like these wrist tags from Road-Id, are also a good idea.
6. Bring a pack of safety pins to the race – pin a couple to your outfit in case of any clothing rips, shoe drama or bib malfunction.
7. Bring Travel sunscreen – even if it’s overcast on race day, you will get burned. Travel sizes often come with attachment options and it won’t be a loss if you lose or have to ditch it during the race. We love this natural option.
8. Anti chafe balms – this is a no brainer. This natural balm has a big following and is paraben free.
10. Wet wipes – don’t get left in the lurch! Pack a Shower-Pill and you can freshen up immediately post-race, before you get well-deserved that after party beer.
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