Packing for Race Day

pack-all-the-thingsI know this type of blog post is nothing new, but as I mentally prepare for the things I need to do before leaving for Boston, invariably packing is at the top of the list.

Everyone’s packing list will hold the “essentials” and then the things they find will help them in providing as much comfort as possible before, during, and after the race.

This is the second major marathon I have done in which staying close to the start and/or finish was just financially impossible. So Airbnb came to the rescue! However, I’ll have to prepare after finishing the marathon to wait quite a while and still be on my feet before heading back to my accommodations.

So for logistical purposes I’ll break down my packing to pre-race, race, and post-race.


(Most of the big races have delayed start times. Meaning that although you get there at the crack of dawn, you will be waiting around a bit.)

  • Bagel with peanut butter, pretzel sticks (in sandwich bags)
  • Baby wipes & Toilet paper (also in disposable bags)
  • Vaseline to re-apply
  • Throw-away layers: Jacket, gloves, hat, and/or bathrobe
  • Towel to sit on (again you’ll be waiting a while)
  • Charger & phone charging cord


  • Running outfit – for me is SparkleSkirt 2.0 Swingstyle, Sports Bra, Compression socks, Top, Hat, Shoes (If you are wondering that’s right, I don’t wear knickers under my running bottoms.  Less fabric to chafe with, my dear)
  • Headphones
  • Phone
  • Garmin watch and heart rate strap
  • Flipbelt
  • Bib (I’ve been going old school lately and pinning it on.  I figure one less thing to pack)
  • Flipbelt bottle (I have found I can only handle two types of fluid during running – water and ginger-ale, so I’ll have cold ginger-ale for the latter part of the run in the bottle)
  • Run Gum (this stuff is amazing! I just started using it in this training cycle and LOVE it)
  • Honey stinger waffles and chews
  • More vaseline in a sandwich baggie

*If you are wondering where I will put all of this, the SparkleSkirt holds it all except for the bottle!!!!!!  They aren’t paying me to say this, their skirts just really rock!


  • Towel
  • Bottle of water
  • Second charging battery pack
  • Travel Hygiene kit (including shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush)
  • Vaseline
  • Trashbag (for all the super sweaty running clothes)
  • Change of clothes – Underoos and bra, leggings, sweater, comfy socks, and shoes
  • Makeup kit

I have researched and called ahead so that I can use the showers at Boston Sports Club for their day rate of $10.  Well worth it to be comfortable and clean before getting dinner and finding my way back for the night.

What would you add to the list?  Leave a comment! I’m always open to learn from more experienced racers!

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