Its becoming more and more popular to take part in destination races, whether it’s a 10K, a marathon or an ultra, there’s a lot of kit to remember to bring with you if you’re not staying at home the night before a race. With Paris just under 2 weeks away, I’m following a similar packing list as I did for NYC (I wrote another marathon packing list here).
- pre-race snacks and breakfast-bring whatever you don’t think you can find
- ID for packet collection
- Drs note if you need it
- tea bags, nuun, lucozade
- phone charger (and adapter)
- watch charger (and adapter)
- bag drop bag- filled with things you’ll want after the race
- Permanent pen or tape to mark your name on your top
- race day outfit; bra, underwear, top (with your name on), trainers, leggings/shorts/skirt, headband, socks
- throw away clothes for the start line
- fuel- gels, shotbloks, puree- whatever your preference
- phone/ipod, headphones
- bib, timing chip and safety pins
- emergency cash
- immodium (just incase) and loo roll
- belt/hydration pack/waterbottle
- hair ties/headband
- bin bags- to sit on or wear pre-race
- vaseline/lip balm
- salt packs
- hat/visor if it’s hot or wet
- comfortable underwear (if there’s any chafing then you’re going to want something that isn’t going to irritate)
- a big t-shirt and hoody
- soft trousers/leggings
- compression socks
- flip flops or loose shoes-especially if you’re planning on walking a lot the following day
- first aid- plasters, deep heat, arnica, vaseline, painkillers, whatever else you might need or want
- whatever you crave post run to eat
Do you have any tips to share for packing for a race? After my outfit disaster at Silverstone, I’m going to check the weather carefully, and bring a spare outfit just incase the weather changes.
I would love to get some destination races in although I’m fully booked for this year now, but it’d be a great way to travel! Someone mentioned the other day about needing a doctor’s note for Paris. Not sure it means a whole lot though as it’s not often they pick anything up.
Great idea! Don’t forget hayfever tablets either! I had a reaction to something when I ran Paris and was SO glad I’d brought them!! yes – the doctor’s note was a bit of a farce really. I think I got asked if I felt ok and then the note was signed!!
This is fab thanku! I’m doing the London Marathon in 3 weeks time, so not away anywhere but this list of what to pack if great! I’d love to do a run abroad somewhere, and have already started looking into it for the end of this year or next year … might wait and see how I feel after the VLM though! Lol x