Disclaimer: As part of the 2017 RockNBlog team, I receive a Global Tour Pass to register for their races, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of the best parts of being a runner is racecations. You get to enjoy a race, often in a new city, and explore all the sights of that city. Planning a racecation is not easy! The easy part is signing up for the race, but then you have to book all your travel arrangements. After that, all that’s left is packing for the race. To make this process as easy as possible, I’m sharing some tips to help you pack for your epic racecation!
Get Your Roll On
As runners, we accumulate a lot of clothing. We also need to pack multiple race day outfits depending on the weather. If you’re like me, you only travel with a carry on suitcase to avoid paying a checked bag fee. Making the most of the space in your suitcase is of the utmost importance! Instead of folding or throwing your clothes in the suitcase, try rolling all of your clothes.
Rolling your clothes helps you avoid creases and wrinkles that can come from folding clothes. In addition, rolling your clothes makes it easier to stack them up in your suitcase, or fit them into corners of your suitcase. I can’t even begin to tell you how much clothing I am able to fit into my suitcase by using this method!
Make a List and Check it Twice!
After you do a few racecations, you will appreciate having a packing list! There’s nothing worse than getting to your hotel room to unpack and realizing that you forgot something at home. Sometimes you can pick last minute items at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo, but don’t depend on that! For example, what if the Expo doesn’t have your brand or flavor of running fuel, or socks, or in some rare cases, sneakers (yes, I know someone that actually forget their sneakers)!
Save yourself time, and money, and refer to your packing list when packing your suitcase. I keep a printed copy of my list in my suitcase so that it’s always there when I need it.
What do you put on the list? This is definitely different for every runner, but these are the categories I use:
Electronics – GPS watch, headphones, iPod, laptop and all charges (phone, laptop, watch. etc)
Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, mouthwash, lotion, etc
Regular Clothes – pajamas, socks, underwear, jeans, etc
Running Clothes – sports bra, capris/shorts/leggings, compression socks, sneakers, shirt
Running Products – KT Tape, Body Glide, running fuel, hydration, foam roller
Pack it Up with Eagle Creek Products
Eagle Creek makes fantastic products for all your packing needs, especially for racecations!
Their Pack-It Sport products are perfect for all of your post-race sweaty clothes. You can put your clothes in these products so that they don’t stink up all the other items in your suitcase. Don’t know where to put your sweaty sneakers? You can zip them up in the Shoe Locker bag. Did you go swimming during your racecation? Put your bathing suit in the Wet Zip Pouch to keep everything else in your suitcase dry. The Sport Daypack would be perfect to for bag check at a race. You could pack it full of clean clothes, socks and sneakers to change into after a race.
All of these products will make packing so much more organized. If you’re traveling for a racecation soon, be sure to check out their website!
That’s it! I hope that these tips will help you while packing for your epic Rock ‘n’ Roll racecation. I’ll be at a few RnR races this Fall – Philly, Montreal and Brooklyn – hope to see you out on the pavement!