Outlining everything I plan to pack for my travel destination marathon so you can be equally as prepared.
It’s been 7 years since I’ve travelled for a race. Let me say that again. 7 years! Back in 2012, Carly, Tim and I travelled to the New Orleans Rock N Roll Half Marathon. The results were very positive: I placed 12th overall in a quick 1:12:59. Believe it or not, but results aren’t available on their site.
Since it’s been a hot minute since my last big destination race (all my other races have been within an hour or so from home), I thought it was a good idea to make a list of everything I’ll need to pack with me when I head to Atlanta next weekend for the Atlanta Track Club’s Marathon event.
Here’s what other people said:
“I lay out everything I plan to use for the race and then toss in a few options in case of a weather change or change of heart. I always bring two pairs of socks. Sunglasses. Armpocket for my phone. Chargers for Garmin, Aftershokz, and phone. And then I just hope for the best. Oh. And always pack shoes. Two from the same pair, preferably. Don’t ask me how I know.”
“Lay everything out on your bed and review your clothing pieces 2x prior to packing them in a bag.”
“ I normally make a list a few days ahead. I’ll pack a day before the double check the day I leave. So far it’s worked and I haven’t forgotten anything. Also, check the weather but pack for hot and cold no matter what. 2 years ago the starting temps were 32 In May ( Same day as Broad Street) and last year it hit 80°. Enjoy the run and most importantly have fun! #wintheday”
“Most important thing for me to bring is a portable phone charger for race day, especially when I’m running somewhere new and less familiar with the area! I bought one from Amazon and it’s lightweight to run with.”
And this is what I plan on bringing with me – what will go in my carry on and what I’ll check.
- Phone and watch chargers
- Running clothes for the day before the race (running socks, running shirts, hats, gloves and running shorts/pants
- Comfortable gear (pre and post-race clothes)
- Food (snacks for post-marathon & Nuun tablets)
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Carry On Bag
- All race-day gear (running shoes, racing socks, racing singlet and shorts, warm up gear)
- Watch charger + in-flight technology (podcasts and reading material)
- Race day breakfast + snacks for in-flight noshing
- Race day nutrition (gu packets)
I’m more than ready for this race – I’ve practiced all parts of the race that I wanted. I am the healthiest I’ve been possibly ever in my running life. Knock on wood, I haven’t had a single run that I’ve needed to adjust or modify or cancel.
When I wrote out my plan in early December, I didn’t think it would go as perfectly as it did. I’ve covered all my bases and the only thing left is to get to Atlanta safely and keep the hiccups and “things that can go wrong” to a minimum.
Making a list and packing in advance is just yet another way I can be as prepared as possible.
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