You know I like to make races part of my vacations. Heck, I like to make races the actual vacation. LOL. Luckily, Beer Geek loves to travel so he’s joined me for several Mainly Marathon series: Dust Bowl, Riverboat, and Center of the Nation. He’s also gone with me to Cape Cod (where he looked at light houses while I ran Ragnar Cape Cod) as well as multiple vacations that included races, including trips to Washington, Oregon, Utah, Alaska, and Wyoming. So, packing for a destination race or racecation? Yeah, I got that.
Here are the most important tips I can give you:
- ALWAYS take your running shoes in your carry on. ALWAYS. – I’ve never actually had my luggage lost on a racecation, but the times I have had lost luggage it’s taken a while to get it. I also like to pack at least one full running outfit. I was reminded of this recently when a woman came to DC for Marine Corps Marathon and her suitcase did not join her. Luckily, this is a major metropolitan area plus it was a huge expo, so thing are available, but sometimes I race where the nearest Walmart is hours away, much less a running store.
- Make a list. I’m a huge fan of google sheets myself. I have a master sheet that I copy each time I’m getting ready for a trip. I never forget things if I check the list off as I’m packing. (Let’s not discuss the times I’ve been lazy about that and forgotten things.)
- If it’s a long trip or multiple races, save packing space by planning to wear some of your running clothes as casual clothes before you run in it. (The other way doesn’t work LOL). It helps that I love to wear Skirt Sports all the time.
- Pack your running outfits in gallon ziploc bags. These are great for keeping you organized and for keeping the nastiness of post-race clothing from sharing with your clean clothes. (Some Mainly Marathon runners I know ship their dirty running clothes home LOL so that they don’t have to deal with it when traveling home).
- Don’t forget your accessories and necessities! Make sure you have your sunglasses, hair bands/scrunchies/hats, glide (although deodorant will do in a pinch), etc. It’s not a lot of fun to get to a race and figure out that you have nothing to keep your hair out of your face…
Got some tips for us? Please share them with Patty, Marcia and me!