August 21, 2013

Packing For Your runDisney Racecation!

Packing for a runDisney racecation is a bit different than both a typical race and vacation.  It requires some attention to detail and careful attention to the weather forecast, especially a Florida trip.  After having attended 7 runDisney weekends between us, we're starting to become pros and figured we would share our best tips for making sure you have everything you need for your upcoming race.
A familiar site, eh?  You don't want to arrive here in a panic
because you didn't pack well!
1. Pack all of your race gear in a carry-on bag.  It really goes without saying that you don't need your beloved running shoes to be lost in your suitcase in Timbuktu one day before your first marathon.  I typically carry-on for runDisney weekends, so this isn't a huge problem for me.

2. Bring your own fuel. You don't want to learn that the gel they're giving out on course gives you serious GI issues.  Bring the fuel that works for you during training.  And hey, if you did your homework and tested the race-course fuel in advance and it works for you, goaheadwithyourbadself!

3. Check and double check that you have your running gear/outfit/costume.  At the end of the day, you could probably purchase something at the expo but in the event they aren't selling your favorite socks, why put yourself through the headache of trying something new on race day?!

4. Bring something to occupy your brain.  If you're traversing the US on a plane, you'll want something occupy your brain other than your upcoming race.  I like to download the race documents to my iPad so I can peruse them on the plane.  This puts me at ease so I'm in the know for the weekend and also helps get me even more excited (if that's possible).  Sometimes, I like to have a book or magazine to flip through the night before the race to keep my mind occupied.

5. Make sure to bring a water bottle.  The airlines give you minimal food and drink now, and water is readily available at fountains throughout the airports. This is also handy to have for the parks and hotel room.  You can easily keep track of your fluid intake with your bottle from home.

6. Leave extra room in your bag!  If you have plans to hit the expo for some shopping (and why wouldn't you?!), you'll want to leave a bit of extra room in your bag for some of your awesome race swag.  I always end up basically sitting on my suitcase to accommodate all of my new runDisney duds!
Told you we like to shop the expos!
Printable packing list available here!

What are your best packing tips?
{Christine}

10 comments:

  1. Great tips! I brought my own breakfast as well for Princess this year. Helped a lot because I didn't have to go hunting for the items I normally eat on a race morning.

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    1. Good idea Lauren. When we drive (which was only once) I brought all kinds of food. With carry on our mode when traveling by plane, we sometimes only have room for race day fuel/food.

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  2. I am totally with you in packing race gear in a carry on..... I would hate to lose it!

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    1. There is no need to take a chance when you can carry on race gear. It is a big stress reliever!

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  3. Thanks so much for the tips! This is really helpful. Leaving extra room in the suitcase is ALWAYS a must for me...I tend to go just a little bit crazy at the expo. I didn't even end up wearing any of the shirts I brought from home for Princess Half weekend the whole time I was in WDW, let me put it to you that way. ;-D

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    1. Oh Jennifer, it sounds like your credit card gets a workout at the Expo just like ours!

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  4. I always try to seperate my outfits (running included) into different packing bags that are labeled. Depending on the season I can use either a large ziplock or spacesaver. That way it is a breeze for all of us to get dressed for the day as I just have to hand everyone their own bag filled with outfit, socks and undies and we are set to go. Totally eliminates digging through the suitcase.

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    1. Lisa, I use the spacesaver bags for my race outfits too and large ziplocak bags for my other clothing. i hate when security goes through your stuff so at least it stays clear with the bags!

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  5. Great tips! Especially for runners travelling from out of town! Just a little inside scoop, if anyone does forget something like socks or any running clothes, there is a Target right down the street from the Land on Harbor Blvd. Will be a lot cheaper than buying clothes at the Expo. So excited for the Disneyland Half next week!!

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  6. Great tips, love the printable packing list!! See you real soon! :D

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