It’s normal to feel a little anxious before a big race weekend, which is why it’s important to try to not put any unnecessary stress on yourself – like waiting until the last minute to pack and leaving your lucky shoes at home. Avoid the last minute rush (and stress) and make a race weekend checklist of the items you want to take and start getting them together in the days leading up to your departure.
Luckily, Runner’s World has compiled an extensive race weekend checklist for both local and out-of-town races that will have you covered no matter the destination. Here are some important items to include in your race weekend checklist.
- Photo ID and race confirmation
- Shoes (and extra socks)
- Ear plugs and sleep mask
- Singlet/ short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt
- Shorts/ tights
- Hat or visor
- Watch or GPS
- Snacks or energy bars
If you’re traveling out of town for your race and staying overnight in a hotel, you might want to consider bringing your own pillow as it may help you sleep more comfortably and avoid last-minute neck injuries. The REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow is designed specifically for active runners and fitness enthusiasts. Users can sleep well before race day by adding and removing filling, tailoring it to specific sleep style needs.
For more information on how to rest comfortably while traveling away from home, check out these tips.
By making a race weekend checklist, you’ll feel more prepared and less stressed come race day. Good luck!