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These Essentials Belong In Every Runner’s Race-Day Bag

Stuff these pack-hack items in your race-day duffel and be the envy of every bag check.

pack it bag

Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Wet-Dry Locker
Stash dry clothes in the front zip to change into after the race. The back pocket stores sweaty race kits and muddy shoes thanks to antimicrobial, water-resistant fabric.
$27, eaglecreek.com

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Dick Stevens Turkey Jerky Mix
Finish-line-chute food sounds good in theory, but who really wants to eat a mushy banana, a stale bagel and an off -brand protein drink? This all-natural mix contains dried blueberries and cranberries, macadamia nuts and turkey jerky for a truly satisfying way to get your 3-1 carbs-to-protein ratio after you cross the line.
$24 for a pack of six, dickstevens.com

blanket

Alite Designs Nipomo Blanket Roll
Why stand at the post-race party when you can get off your feet? This lovely little blanket rolls up tight and packs up small, but when open it provides a 73-by-51-inch surface area, big enough for you and a running bud booty or two!
$56, alitedesigns.com

Pack These Essentials In Your Race-Day Bag

Lululemon Drop It Like It’s Hot Bra
Is it possible to be remotely warm or comfortable while wearing a sweaty sports bra? If you want to stick around for the post-race concert, remove that sucker ASAP! Change into this Lulu model—it has both buttery soft fabric and a front-zip design that allows for easy entry even when your skin is damp.
$52, lululemon.com

 

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Rad Roller Soft
Skip the line at the massage tents and give yourself a rubdown with this magic little tool that works out any kink. Pro tip: Use the soft version right after a race when your muscles are at their most vulnerable.
$25, radroller.com

wipes

The Honest Company Wipes
Clear your brow of that crust of sweat crystals with a botanical blend of pomegranate, cucumber and chamomile. These biodegradable wipes are big enough for the body—and a life saver if the portapotty is out of TP.
$5, honest.com

headphones

Beats By Dre Active Solo2 Wireless
Over-the-ear headphones allow you to tune out the hubbub so you can get into the zone before the gun—or relax if you need a few minutes of solo wind-down after the finish. The wireless design enables untethered movement if you opt to keep them on during the big event.
$300, beatsbydre.com

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S’well Rose Gold
Even if you don’t come in first place, you can still win gold with this beautiful bottle. The genius here is that it keeps drinks hot or ice-cold for 24 hours. If your race is steamy, fill this up with a chilled electrolyte beverage, if the weather’s freezing, pour in some cocoa. During the last mile, think of this sweet treat waiting for you at the finish.
$42, swellbottle.com

case

Hershel Supply Settlement Case
Think of this as a runner-specific first-aid kit. Stuff it with all the little supplies that come in handy on event day. Good ideas include: safety pins for your bib, hair ties, sunscreen, anti-chafe balm, blister bandages, acetaminophen and extra race fuel.
$20, hershelsupply.com

slippers

Zhenzee Foxy Me
Made specifically for “after-sport” these shoes boast a dense EVA foam sole and forefoot rocker design that make feet feel crazy good—especially after your swollen toes have been trapped in race shoes for 13-plus miles. Even if you had a tough race, the (antimicrobial) knit design will make you smile.
$75, zhenzee.com

Jessica Sebor

Jessica Sebor

Jessie Sebor is the Vice President of Women's Running at Competitor Group. After finishing her first marathon at age 18, Jessie has run everywhere from Singapore to Prague and competed in hundreds of races including the Boston Marathon and the Bare Dare, for which she won the title of National Nude Running Champion. Jessie’s work appears at ESPN.com, Ultrarunning Magazine and has been selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. A former romance novel editor, it’s at Women’s Running where her true passions lie. You can reach her at jsebor@competitorgroup.com.