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Packing for a Destination Race

Half marathon training is (nearly) done, and I’ve been focusing on preparing for my actual trip to DC this week–checking train times, making brunch reservations, and packing for my first race. Between the packing list Team in Training provided me and other destination race packing lists I’ve found online, I feel prepared. I’ve shared what I usually keep in my gym bag on the blog before, but packing for a race is a bit different. If you’re headed to a destination race in the coming months, take a look at my packing list and running favorites below. But you’ll have to wait until race day to see my gear!

Destination Race Packing ListArmband / Shoes / Headband

 1-2 pairs of running shoes
 Wicking running socks
 Running shorts, crops, or tights
 Race singlet or tank top
 Sports bra
 Wicking short and long-sleeve tops
 Throw away long-sleeve top
 Waterproof jacket
 Water bottle or fuel belt
 Hat or visor
 Gloves and hat
 Watch or cell phone
 Fitness tracker (FuelBand)
 Armband or waist pack
 Headphones and playlist
 Ponytail holders
 Bobby pins
 Headband
 Sunglasses
Driver’s license and/or passport
 Race confirmation
 Race course and city maps
 BodyGlide
 Nutrition (food/beverage)
 Sunscreen
 Lip balm
 Band-Aids
 Chewing gum
 Safety pins for bib
 Toilet paper
 Foam roller
 Charger for electronics
 Non-athletic clothing and shoes
 Toiletries and medication

 Confirm travel details
 Confirm hotel reservation
 Make meal reservations
Check the forecast
 Check race day times
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