This week, I thought I’d focus on the art of packing for a Ragnar Relay. I’m definitely not an expert on the subject, but I plan to make some improvements to my packing method this time around. And no, nothing went horribly wrong due to how I packed for my first Ragnar Relay. However, if would’ve known then what I know now, I could have packed a lot more efficiently. Not that I’ve been doing some research on the subject, this is what I’ve come up with:
Communication is key
Communicating with others in your van (and even in the other van) is crucial because space is limited. If you all bring duplicates of things that really only one person needed to bring, you end up wasting precious space in the van.
Convenience is crucial.
Making things easy on you when you already have a lot to worry about will make the Ragnar experience all the more enjoyable.
Tip: have your three outfits (one for each leg) already packed in separate Ziploc bags. This was a tip I read on Meals and Miles blog. Another bonus to this tip – you can put your sweaty clothes back in those bags after your run!
Related to “communication is key” — overpacking will waste space for things you really need and possibly space where you could potentially stretch out a bit to relax or sleep.
Random things I think are good to bring:
- Disposal toothbrushes that already have toothpaste on it. (Again, read about this on Meals and Miles)
- Ragnar race bible
- Plastic grocery bags for garbage
- Towel to sit on in the car and to wrap around your waist to change
- Baby wipes (for a quick post-run wipe down)
- Road ID (for safety!)
- Fuel belt
- Gu/other nutrition
- Required safety equipment – headlamps, first aid kit and vests
- Running shoes
- Blister protection
- Food (More on food in a future post)
What you can skip:
- Going overboard with entertainment stuff (like laptops, etc)
- Air mattresses
Two great posts on what to pack:
I love this quote from Meals and Miles: “Since this isn’t your traditional race, all the traditional methods of packing and preparing for the race go out the window. You will not get a full 8-hr stretch of sleep before you’re run, you will not be able to go through your regular coffee/peanut butter bagel/hour long bathroom break before you take off, and that ‘perfect race day outfit’ is only going to get your through one leg.”
Does anyone have any other tips to add?