With my first tri race of this year coming up this weekend, I thought it would be a great time to refresh my own memory on how to pack my triathlon race day bag. (Insert nervous face here). I have not done a race since last summer and I want to make sure I don’t forget anything. It can be a little overwhelming as so much gear is required for a triathlon race but with a little prep work you can rest easy the night before your race. My simple guide to packing your triathlon race day bag will help you make sure you have everything you need to rock your race.
How To Pack Your Triathlon Race Day Bag
Because triathlon races do require so much gear, I find it’s best to set everything out at once for each leg of the race. That way you can visualize yourself moving through each leg and thinking about exactly what gear you will need for each stage. Once I have all of my gear laid out, I pack it into my tri bag in the reverse order that I will use it. Let’s take a look:
I am laying out my tri kit here to make sure I have everything but on race day I will be wearing it to the race. As you can see I always pack an extra swim cap and extra set of goggles. The swim caps often break so best to throw in an extra of those. I have a pair of flip flops to wear to the swim start , sunscreen, chamois cream and a t shirt to throw on to keep me warm while waiting for the start. I bring a bright colored towel to use at my transition spot.
Since I will be racing all 3 legs in the same outfit, no need for extra clothes. I will ditch my goggles and cap and grab my helmet, gloves and sunglasses. Throw on my Balega socks and bike shoes, take a sip of my pre filled water bottles and head out. I put some baby powder into both my cycling shoes and running shoes to make them easier for wet feet.
After returning from the bike leg, I will throw off my helmet, gloves and cycle shoes and switch right into my running shoes. Bib numbers are required for the run and I will have mine already attached to my race belt and ready to go. Take another swig of water pop on my visor and I am off and running.
Post Race clothes
I always bring along dry and comfy clothes to change into post race along with a post race snack just in case they do not have something that appeals to me. There is also a large plastic bag for wet clothes, Shower Pill wipes and a little bag of emergency items just in case.
Packing it all up
Definitely a ton of gear for one race! I have my packing strategy down to a science and everything fits neatly into my tri bag. I believe it makes most sense to pack your bag in the reverse order that you will use it. Therefore, your post race dry clothes will go on the bottom and stay in your bag until after the race. Then layer in the run gear, the bike gear and lastly your swim accessories on top. Water bottles are filled and stored in the side pockets. Fuel is split between the Bento Boxes on the bike and the side pockets. I’ve got a quick 15 second Flipagram to show you how it all fits in perfectly!
Did I forget anything? Any tips for me?