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We’ve Created The Ultimate Race Day Packing List

We have all been there: You show up to the staging area of a race and go to pin your bib on your shirt…but realize you’re out of safety pins. The whirlwind that is race morning is familiar to anyone who has ever toed a starting line and it is easy to forget your anti-chafe lotion or fuel belt if you aren’t careful.

So what can you do to make sure you don’t show up at bag check after the race, soaked in your own sweat, only to realize you forgot dry clothes to throw on? Make a list so the pre-race jitters don’t lead you to leave your bib on the kitchen table.

Or, even better, use this list we made for you!


  • Race bib & timing chip
  • Race-day outfit & shoes
  • Watch (if you use one)
  • Fuel (gels, chews, etc.)
  • Wallet (ID, credit card, cash,insurance card)


  • Print out pre-race instructions
  • Anti-chafe lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Visor/cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones/music players
  • Fuel belt
  • Safety pins
  • Bandages
  • Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Extra hair tie
  • Throwaway clothes for start line
  • Outfit to change into post-race
  • Mat or blanket
  • Massage tool

Anything else you’d add to the list that you just can’t race without? Tweet us at @WomensRunning and share!

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Jessica Sebor

Jessie Sebor is the Vice President of Women's Running at Competitor Group. After finishing her first marathon at age 18, Jessie has run everywhere from Singapore to Prague and competed in hundreds of races including the Boston Marathon and the Bare Dare, for which she won the title of National Nude Running Champion. Jessie’s work appears at, Ultrarunning Magazine and has been selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. A former romance novel editor, it’s at Women’s Running where her true passions lie. You can reach her at