Packing for a Weekend Race

So, you’re heading out of town for a weekend race and you want to make sure you’ve got everything? Here are a few tips, followed by my complete packing list!

Click here for a printable PDF of my Race Weekend Packing List.

  1. Check the forecast in your race city ahead of time so you know how to pack.
  2. If you’re flying, do not check your bag. You don’t need to bring that much stuff and nothing dampers a race weekend like having to buy new kicks because your luggage got lost.
  3. Don’t depend on the expo to pick up last minute items. Many races don’t have expos and even if they do, it may not have what you’re used to.

Race Essentials

I like to pack a small variation of race clothes that will work for a range of weather.

  • 2 Running Bottoms – shorts and leggings.
  • 2 Running Tops – tank top and a long sleeve.
  • Sports Bra
  • Undergarments
  • Compression Leg Sleeves
  • Socks
  • Running Sneakers
  • Hat/Hairband
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Brazyn Collapsible Foam Roller
  • The Stick
  • Gels
  • Nuun
  • Vaseline/ Body Glide
  • Sunscreen
  • FlipBelt
  • Headphones
  • If this is a bigger race, like the New York City Marathon, you’ll need some throwaway clothes to keep you warm while you wait at the starting line for hours.


I don’t pack a lot of extra clothes for an out of town race and I make sure I’ll be comfortable traveling in whatever I bring.

  • 2 Tops
  • Jeans
  • Comfortable post-race pants – I’m usually fine in jeans, but I always pack something a little looser in the unfortunate event of chafing.
  • Undergarments
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Socks
  • Comfortable Shoes – I usually just bring a pair of cute sneakers. Don’t pack shoes that will cause blisters before the race or make your feet hurt even worse after.
  • Pajamas – I have a tradition of sleeping in the official race shirt so there is one less thing to pack!


  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Razor
  • Prescriptions
  • Face Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toenail Clippers
  • Feminine Products


  • ID – You’ll definitely need this if you’re flying and you may even need it to pick up your bib.
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Watch Charger
  • Wallet
  • House keys=

Click here for a printable PDF of my Race Weekend Packing List.

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