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Last minute packing ideas for a Ragnar Relay

Last minute packing guide Ragnar Relay
Last minute packing guide Ragnar Relay

I’m running Ragnar Reach the Beach Relay on September 13th and 14th. This 200+ mile journey will be run with a team of 12 people from Bretton Woods, NH to Hampton Beach, NH. The last relay that I ran was the VT 100 on 100 Relay which is different because it only takes one day to run the relay. Ragnar Relays are typically two day events making them special when it comes to packing because you need to be prepared for anything over two days of running, sweating, laughing and fun. I’ve run many Ragnar Road relays and even one trail relay so I’ve gotten packing down to a science.

When it comes to packing there are definitely some items that you will want to remember.

For Sleep (haha! Like you will actually get any sleep):

  • Sleeping bag
  • Travel pillow (inflatable)
  • Warm clothes including a hat and gloves and wool socks

For Safety Gear:

  • Reflective Safety Vest (I prefer the Amphipod Xinglet with built in flashing lights)
  • Blinkie light
  • Headlamp

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For Clothing:

  • Ziploc bags to hold each running outfit. This will help you to keep your bag organized and also serves as a great place to store dirty/sweaty clothes after running your leg.
  • 3 Running tops-Mixture of tank tops and long sleeve depending on the weather.
  • 3 Running Skirts/shorts/spandex depending on what you like to wear and temperature for running. (For running skirts I love Skirt Sports-Use my ambassador code: SSA946SAN for 15% off your order.
  • Rain Pants and a Rain Jacket for inclement weather.
  • Windbreaker
  • Puffy/packable down jacket as it can get cold at night
  • A fleece
  • Fleece pants/sweat pants
  • A hat/visor (I like Headsweats-get your own Headsweats using my code: runnermom25 at checkout for 25% off-I especially like the truckers and the Crusher hats!)
  • Sunglasses (I like goodr for running)
  • Compression socks/socks (I love Crazy Compression Socks)
  • 2 pairs of Sneakers
  • 1 pair of Flip flops/Birkenstocks or other comfy shoes for wearing in between legs.

For Hydration:

  • Skratch Labs Hydration Mix
  • Skratch Labs Recovery Mix
  • Water . . . lots and lots of water
  • Handheld Hydration Flask for the longer legs

For Fuel:

  • Energy Gels/Chews-whatever you prefer . . . I still like GU with caffeine for that caffeine boost
  • Energy Bars-I like Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Bars
  • Beef Jerky-I like this as a recovery food for the protein and saltiness
  • Baby Food pouches with banana puree . . . these are easy to digest
  • Bananas
  • PB & J Sandwiches


If I forgot something important please let me know! This list is of course tailored by me so I’d love to hear some of your favorite things to bring along to a Ragnar Relay.

Have you done a Ragnar Relay? What are some of your essentials to bring along?

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5 responses

5 responses

  1. This is a great list! At my Ragnar it was literally 100 degrees during my final leg (90s for the rest) so no warm clothes necessary. Zero sleep too. Haha! Have so much fun! A bunch of my friends do that one every year. I believe their team is The Chocolate Mile.

  2. I’d love to do a Ragnar someday!! Relays are fun, but they do make for long days in a crowded van (I’ve done a 76-mile relay with a team from work, 4 times). I always bring a fleece blanket to cover up with…for me it’s easier than an actual sweat shirt because I usually won’t need it inside the van.
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  3. Great list! I would add extra batteries for your headlamp and maybe toiletries and a towel if there’s any hope of a shower! I did that instead of sleeping when I was runner #7.

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