MarathonMomPlaneDestination running can be a relaxing getaway – unless you’ve forgotten you’re race day necessities at home. GASP! Sure, most things can be bought where ever you’re visiting, but there’s nothing like the comfort of your own “stuff” – especially your own running shoes. Since I like to take my run on the road I’ve compiled the ultimate travel pack list designed for running moms on the move.  

Running

    * Shoes
    * Race day outfit
    * Race day back up outfit for weather changes
    * Running bra
    * Hat for rain
    * Pre-race clothes/giveaways or garbage bag/old race mylar for warmth
    * Post-race shirt/clothes
    * Extra socks
    * Gloves
    * Shoe inserts (if you use them)
    * Garmin & charger
    * Watch
    * Phone/MP3 player
    * Headphones
    * Running emergency contact ID
    * Sunglasses
    * Running belt
    * Water bottles
    * Running gels or other fuel
    * Pre-race food – bars, water, fruit for hotel room
    * Bag check bag with your name & number in it
    * Tissues
    * Vaseline/Chafing prevention
    * Ibuprofen/Aspirin
    * Safety pins

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    * Driver’s license
    * Passport
    * Credit cards/debit card/gift card
    * Race confirmation
    * Airline/train/bus ticket
    * Ground transportation confirmation
    * Hotel confirmation
    * Race day instructions
    * Directions to the expo
    * Directions to the start

Everyday Clothes

    * Outfits for the rest of the trip
    * Underwear/bras
    * Pajamas
    * Socks
    * Shoes/flip-flops/boots

Personal Items

    * Prescription medicine
    * Toothpaste
    * Toothbrush
    * Soap
    * Deodorant
    * Lotion
    * Makeup
    * Nail polish & nail clipper
    * Qtips
    * Hair brush & comb
    * Hair clips
    * Flat iron or curler
    * GlassescContact lenses – solution & cases
    * Sunscreen
    * Lip balm
    * Baby wipes
    * Travel first aid kit
    * Bath salts
    * Quart-size plastic bag if flying

ChicagoMarathonTech Goodies

    * Phone
    * iPad/Kindle/Nook
    * Laptop
    * Chargers!
    * Headphones
    * Camera
    * Video camera

On the Home Front

    * Secured childcare
    * Kids’ schedules & instructions
    * Grocery shopping
    * Laundry
    * Clean house (not that it will be when you return)

Make sure to leave space in your bag for any goodies you might grab at the Expo and souvenirs for the kids! And, your input is always welcome – please feel free to your suggestions in the comments below.

You can always find me at my personal blog, www.RunWifeyRun.com; and on Twitter at @AskWifey.

Until next time, I’m off and running …