When you’re packing for Ragnar, you need to think about how little you can get away with, and still enjoy your time on the road (and in the van). Pack too much and you will take up too much space in the vehicle. Too little, and you’ll find yourself inadequately prepared for the road. For example, I tell my runners not to bring a camping chair. Even ones that fold up very small take up a lot of room when you multiply by six! You’re going to need a duffel bag and a sleeping bag, but going beyond that gets dicey.
Attached to this post is a packing list you can use to make sure you don’t forget anything essential. A couple pro tips. First, pack three full running outfits in one gallon zipper plastic bags. When you change into one, keep the bag, then use it to stash your grimy stuff when it comes off. This will keep your bag and the van from going to locker room mode too quickly. Second, two pairs of shoes aren’t required, but are not a bad idea, either. If one pair gets wet, you can always stuff them full of newspaper to try to dry them out before your next leg, but having a fresh pair will be very nice.
Before you pack, print this handy list, and you can use it to make sure you don’t forget anything essential. I’ve shared this list with dozens of runners, and everyone that uses it appreciates the guess-work being taken out. Have a need I haven’t thought of? There are some empty spots for you to write them down. Click the image for a full size packing list you can print out.
A question I frequently get… why the beach towel? A large towel is great to wrap up in after a tough leg, and can double as a small blanket if you get the chills. You’ll be glad you brought one!