As you know, I’m more gear-focused than actual-running-focused, and I basically started this blog just so I could post packing lists. That’s why I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to post a “Running Travel Packing List” for out-of-town races. This list includes everything you want and a lot of things you might not need, but it’s meant as a packing checklist that will hopefully alleviate some of the stress that is inevitably attached to any big out-of-town event.
It’s in PDF format for easy printing, and there’s a section at the bottom to check before you head out the door for the race (I’ve had to go back up to my hotel room a couple times because I forgot my sunglasses in the pre-dawn darkness). Yes, it looks like a lot, and it’s maybe a little overwhelming (and includes items that many of you don’t need or use), but I assure you that even if you packed everything it could still fit in a rollerboard that you don’t have to check.