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Pack Hacks: Best Gear To Have When You’re Hitting The Road

Photo: Oliver Baker

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.

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Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.