Hey Hey! It’s November- which means all the fall races are really in full swing.
Tuesdays on the Run this week: give us your best Racecation Prep tips.
How do you pack? How do you prepare for time zone changes? Do you arrive earlier than normal or stay later to catch some local flavor? We’d love to hear how YOU travel for a race!
It’s that time of year: all the big races are happening, and I know many are traveling for them. I have friends that just got back from Marine Corps Marathon, New York City Marathon, and now are heading out to Wine & Dine Half weekend.
That’s a lot of miles- and not just on your legs!
Here is my general racecation packing list along with some tips I think come in handy before you leave town.
- Put Your House In Order. Make sure you plan for the care of mail, pets, house, etc. Anything that might need to be checked on for a few days should probably have someone to, you know, check on them! Unfortunately, I’ve had to email neighbors asking them to take out my garbage can. So- don’t be like me. Plan ahead for that kind of stuff (you know, just like any time you leave for a trip).
- If It’s Race Essential, Pack In Carryon. If you aren’t carrying everything on, be sure you at least carry the race day essentials on the plane with you. Like your sports bra, your shoes, the socks you love, and your Garmin. I pack a huge bag for every race, but I also make sure the things I can’t replace at Expo are in my carry-on. Because: Don’t try anything new on race day, right?
- Plus It. Consider including an additional suitcase or bag. I’ve found myself wanting to buy something at Expo (say, the Tinker Bell New Balance?) but didn’t have a spare inch of space in my bag! I throw in an extra soft sided duffle for those “I-bought-too-much-at-the-Expo” emergencies.
- Book a Massage. If you are racing hard and traveling far, nothing will get you back into the routine at home faster than a gentle massage. It will get the kinks out from the race and the long, cramped flights.
What’s on your racecation packing list? Did I forget anything essential?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)