After all this time, it seems we can finally pack for running trips again! Maybe it’s just taking a road trip to a new location, or it could be an actual, full-on racacation. Who’s excited? I know I am! Running trips are my favorite and any time I get to load up my gear to run elsewhere is a great time by me!
But what to pack? What to bring?
Socks + Shoes
No matter what, socks and shoes should be the first things in your bag. Pro tip: make sure you have a right and a left, preferably from the same pair (don’t ask). Shoes are the most important part of any running kit, and probably the hardest (and most expensive) thing to replace in a pinch. If you’ve got the shoes and socks covered, the rest is easy.
The Right Outfit
Once the shoes are covered, your ideal running outfit should be next in the suitcase. You’ll want the clothes that make you most comfortable, and suit the weather forecast of your destination. Make sure you’ve got a top, bottom, and a sports bra if needed. And if you think you might change your mind about what to wear, grab a few extra items from your fitness wardrobe. It’s great to pack light, but it’s even better to feel prepared.
Time For The Extras
Now it’s time for all the little extras. Hats, headphone, sunglasses, you know… the essentials that will throw your entire run off if you forget them. Maybe it’s your phone case, or your lucky compression sleeves. You need them. Gather them up, bag them, and tuck them away in your belongings. If you are flying, these are probably best located in your carryon so other don’t go missing (or even ear them on your flight).
Few things are worse than getting to your destination and realizing that your smart watch or headphones are almost out of power… and you left your chargers at home. Pack them up and bring them along for the ride! And be sure to charge your electronics when you get to where you’re going!
Fuel! AKA Snacks!
If you’re like me, you have pretty specific things you like to eat before and during your run. If you’re not sure you’ll be able to easily get those things, bring them with you. Not having the right fuel can certainly lead to some fairly unpleasant issues on the run, so be proactive and be prepared. Have a hydration belt, vest, or bottle? Get that in there, too!
The Rest Of The Haul
Make sure you’ve got some of the littler things: deodorant, sunscreen, body glide or other anti-chafing remedy. Have your favorite roller or go-to recovery tools. I always like to have a towel and a change of shirt, just in case I’m getting back in a car.
And there you have it! Who’s ready to go?
How do you pack for your running trips?
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