Destination races are no-fail fodder for lifelong memories. What runner wouldn’t want to think back on racing through the streets of Berlin before prost-ing friends with a finish-line beer—or watching light catch the dew on cherry blossoms as you power down the streets of Washington?
However, the stress of traveling opens the door for not-so-hot moments too. Think: starving on the plane because you forgot to bring snacks on your eight-hour flight or shuffling around a foreign city with blistered feet after neglecting to pack comfortable post-run shoes.
Thankfully, a curated packing list with all the essentials and your favorite creature comforts will make any place feel like home. Running clothes and shoes are given. For what else to take, versatility, comfort and function are the top considerations. Here are a few of our favorite road warrior go-tos.