What to Pack for an Out-of-Town Race Weekend

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Good morning!

This weekend, I’m running a half marathon in Seattle, which, of course, is super exciting (I love to travel), but it’s kind of stressful at the same time. What happens if I forget my sneakers? Or my Spibelt? Or I miss my flight? It’s easy to let these worries take over, so I created a detailed packing list to help me coordinate everything I need for an awesome out-of-town race weekend.

What to Pack for an Out-of-Town Race Weekend


Important stuff:

  • Flight/train/car rental info/taxi phone numbers
  • Race info – confirmation, bib number, directions to packet pick-up, parking/shuttle bus info, course map, weather forecast
  • Travel itinerary – hotel confirmation, rental car info, contact phone numbers
  • Wallet with ID/passport
  • Cell phone

Travel happy:

  • Neck pillow/eye mask/ear plugs
  • Reading materials or tablet
  • Headphones
  • Ricola® Revitalizing Herb Drops – Swiss alpine herbs + ginseng give you a little boost and freshen “airplane breath”
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water bottle + Nuun
  • Healthy, carb-y snacks


  • Camera
  • Cell phone charger
  • Laptop + charger
  • Shoe bag – doubles as a laundry bag
  • Toiletries + make-up
  • Medications + vitamins
  • Regular/street clothes
  • Pajamas



  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Running top
  • Running bottoms
  • Sports bra
  • Pre-race throwaway gear
  • Hat/visor/headband
  • Spibelt
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair elastics – I always bring an extra in case one breaks
  • Safety pins for bib – just in case
  • Gloves + hat – depending on weather

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  • GU
  • Nuun
  • Body glide
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Ricola® Revitalizing Herb Drops – just in case allergies are worse in a new place or I pick up a cold during my travels
  • Facial cleansing wipes to quickly freshen up in the morning – I never shower before a race
  • Headphones
  • Deodorant
  • ID
  • Cash
  • Hotel and/or car key
  • Bag drop ticket and/or special bag – some races require you to use their bag
  • Small package of tissues or toilet paper in case porta-potties run out
  • Food for breakfast – I typically eat nut butter + banana on bread/toast


I always pack these items together, separate from my other toiletries, so they’re easy to find on race morning.

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  • Comfy clothes for traveling home
  • Compression socks
  • Flip flops
  • Jacket or hoodie


  • Plastic bag(s) for dirty clothes and/or homemade ice pack
  • Protein powder for post-race recovery
  • “Travel happy” items from above + extra snacks and water

Questions of the Day

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