Not sure what you should pack for the relay? We’ve compiled the ultimate relay packing list to make sure you have everything you need (and maybe a little extra) for your next relay:

(Printable relay packing list is here)

Running Equipment

  • Running shoes (one or two pairs) – trail shoes needed?
  • Team “uniform” or costume (if you have one)
  • At least 3 sets of clothing for running – shorts/capris and shirts – check your team’s estimated pace sheet to get an idea of when you’ll be running so you can plan your gear – night legs will obviously be colder than midday legs
  • Running socks (three pairs)
  • Undergarments for running (three sets)

Great tip for organizing your clothing: Look at the approximate time of day you will be running, and select outfits for each leg. Place each outfit in a large zip-loc bag labelled with the leg you intend them for. This makes it much easier to find the clothes you need once the van becomes a mess.

  • Running hat or visor
  • Water carrier / water bottle, especially if running unsupported legs
  • If the race allows, headphones and music. If headphones are not allowed, there are products like the Roadnoise Vest which have speaker headphones.
  • Watch / Garmin
  • Reflective vest and blinking red lights (if not provided by your van or if you can’t stand the thought of borrowing someone’s sweaty reflective vest)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (if not provided by your van)
  • Hydration drink (Nuun, Gatorade, etc.)  Bring what works for you!  Stick with what you know.
  • Energy food (gels, Picky Bars, etc.) See note above!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent – bring a DEET based one in addition to a natural style.
  • Deodorant – your teammates will thank you.
  • Small towel to wipe off after run
  • BodyGlide – if you don’t know what BodyGlide, you need to learn! This is magic stuff – prevents chafing from your shorts, bra or shirt.  You can find it at your local running store.
  • Wipes – Facial wipes, baby wipes or other shower type wipes to clean off between legs & showers.

Non-Running Equipment

  • Two changes of dry clothing
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Warm socks (for sleeping or hanging around at night)
  • Warm jacket, sweats, hat and mittens (for hanging around the mountain and sleeping at night)
  • Sleeping bag & small pillow
  • Money (including some cash for buying food in exchange zones or small stores)
  • Food – some teams purchase food as a van, some do their own thing – check with your team captain
  • I.D. – most beer gardens will card you regardless of how old you look
  • Phone / camera
  • Prescription medications
  • Small bag of medications you might need – Immodium, Tylenol, Tums, Benadryl, Allergy meds
  • If you are prone to blisters, a blister kit (unless your van is providing a First Aid kit)
  • Toothbrush and tooth paste
  • Hairbrush/ponytail holders
  • Lip balm / makeup / hygiene products
  • Shampoo / soap / towel if you plan to shower.
  • Ear plugs / sleep eye covers (for the first rest period it is not yet dark)
  • Music for vans
  • Fun relay stuff – cowbell, glow sticks, squirt guns, window paint, etc