Thursday, May 25, 2017

Packing for a Running Racecation

Disclaimer: I was recently sent an Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. I also received a free entry to the Buffalo Marathon. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’m off to Buffalo this weekend for Buffalo Marathon race weekend.  This weekend combines 3 of my favorite things: running, traveling and my family.  It also includes one of my least favorite things: packing.  Man, I’m the worst.  Not only do I over pack but I always over pack the wrong stuff.

The good thing about traveling for a race by car, is that you can stuff a ton of extra stuff in the trunk and that’s ok.  Extra shoes, extra jackets, an extra pillow… I have not even started putting together my everyday clothes yet but my giant Orange Mud Gym Bag is packed up and ready with my Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set and all my running clothes. 


Run Jen Run Tip #1: I like to keep my running gear separate from my everyday clothes because organization means less stress on race day!

If you’re flying to a race destination, things could get a little trickier.  You have to figure out what to pack to still keep your suitcase light—or you may decide that you are not even going to check a bag—and still leave some room to bring back some race merchandise and souvenirs.

Run Jen Run Tip #2: Make sure to carry on all of your race day essentials.  Don’t take any chances!

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In addition to the usual packing of everyday clothes, bathroom stuff, make up and jewelry, here is my Running Racecation Check List…

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
License
Passport (Especially if you are traveling to Buffalo! Niagara Falls, Canada is so close!)
iPod/Headphones
Water

Run Jen Run Tip #3: If you are traveling by plane, bring a reusable water bottle to fill up once you get through security.

RACE DAY ESSENTIALS
Watch
Shoes
Socks (Balegas of course!)
Compression sleeves
Shorts/Capris/Pants
Shirt
Sports Bra
Pre-Race Throwaways
Headband/Hat/Gloves
Body Glide
Deodorant
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Belt/Pouch
Race Nutrition

OTHER
Packet Pick Up Info
Jacket(s)/Rain Gear
Chargers (watch, phone, iPod, etc.)
Race Morning Breakfast/Snacks
Post-Race OOFOS & Dry Clothes
Orange Mud Transition Wrap
Bathing Suit


What am I missing?


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