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Must Have Night Running Safety Gear

Night Running Safety Gear

Night running can be exhilarating but it can also be dangerous due to low visibility of obstacles in your path, the danger of oncoming traffic, running safely by yourself. These are important things to consider before you head out alone for a run in the dark especially because you will want to be able to run home safely to your family and friends when you are finished!

Here are some essential items you should have in your arsenal of running “tools” to keep you safe out on a gorgeous night:

  • A Reflective Vest–My current favorite is the Amphipod XINGLET which is also a fantastic choice because it is lightweight, fits close to the body, and comes equipped with built in “blinkie” light on the back and front of the vest for maximum visibility when night running
Amphipod XINGLET

Amphipod XINGLET

  • A headlamp–I love any PETZL headlamp.
  • A neon colored jacket (the brighter the better) or a jacket using reflective fabric.

    Super Day-Glo Girl

    Super Day-Glo Girl

  • Pepper Spray (as female runner this provides me with an extra sense of security) and you can quickly have it in your hands if necessary!
  • Road ID-This is an easy way to carry identification without having to worry about losing your driver’s license.
  • SOL Slim Rescue Howler-A flat safety whistle that you could even slip into the pocket of your Skirt Sports!
SOL Slim Rescue Howler

SOL Slim Rescue Howler

  • “Blinkie” Lights . . . you know those cut little lights that people use on their bikes when riding at night or in running relays like Reach the Beach (catch those blinkies!)
  • A cell phone
  • Run with a friend if possible.
Cluck! Cluck! Safety in numbers

Cluck! Cluck! Safety in numbers

Do you have any other essential items for running that should be added to this list. Please share in the comments below and pass this list along to a friend!

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Happy night running!

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4 responses

4 responses

  1. I wear at least 2 blinkie lights and I always carry mace no matter what time of day (dogs are just as scary as people). I love that “vest” and am definitely going to check that out. I do have several pieces of Brooks Nightlife apparel and highly recommend it for visibility.

  2. If I’m running by myself at night I don’t wear blinkie lights because I don’t want to call attention to myself. I also stay on sidewalks so I don’t have to worry about traffic. If I’m with a friend and we are running on roads I make sure to have my blinkie light and reflective gear. I really need to get some mace to carry. I like that whistle too! And I ALWAYS have my cell phone and road id! Great tips!
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