As if packing for a vacation isn't stressful enough, packing for a race-cation is even more overwhelming at times. As I start to pack for Princess Half Marathon weekend, I wanted to share a few tips that may make your packing a little less stressful.
1. Always, always, always carry your race gear with you on the plane! DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT put your race clothes, shoes, and other gear in your checked bag. Sure, you may have never had a bag get lost by the airline, but do you really want the first time to have your shoes in it when traveling for a race? I didn't think so. If you are traveling for a longer period of time that will require a checked bag, I recommend checking the stuff that can easily be replaced like clothes for the vacation part of your trip and putting the critical items in a carry-on bag.
2. Make sure you have your shoes. Yes, it sounds silly, but I have had friends go on a run the night before leaving for their trip and left their shoes at home or in a gym locker. My worst nightmare for sure. I was introduced to the Klitch Footwear Clip a few years ago and I love it. The Klitch is is shoe holder that can clip onto the outside of your gym/running bag, suitcase, etc. It is perfect for traveling and I always use mine on race-cations.
3. Organize! If running multiple races, I recommended laying out and packing your race stuff by race. For Princess Half Marathon weekend I am running 3 races so I pack for each race separately. I layout my shirts, shorts, skirts, socks, etc for each race and then use drawstring bags to travel with. This makes hotel life a lot easier as everything I need for the 5K on Friday is already together, so I just grab my bag and I am ready to rock!
4. Save a little room for stuff to bring home. Let's face it, you are likely coming home with more than you left with. You will be the proud owner of some new shirts and bling along with any expo purchases you just HAVE to have. Either make sure you have a little extra room in your bags or you can do what Momma K and I like to do and pack an empty duffel bag inside of our suitcases (you know we like to shop).
I hope that these tips make your race-cation packing a little less stressful. The less stress you have packing, the less stress that you have at the race itself = MORE FUN!
Question of the Day: What race-cation packing tips do you have?
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