Holiday travel can be hectic in even the best situations. If you plan to travel for the holidays and want to keep up your running routine, make sure you pack everything you’ll need to make your runs successful away from home ¬– and to be a respectful guest in someone else’s home. Use this holiday packing list for runners as a starting point and adapt according to your specific needs and plans.

  • Weather-appropriate clothing. It’s always a good idea to bring layers, and this especially applies if you’re unsure about the climate where you’ll be traveling. If you’re heading from the North to the South, pack a variety of both warm- and cool-weather running gear so you’ll be prepared for anything. If your trip is the opposite, it might be time to purchase some new items that will be more suitable for colder temperatures.
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  • Reflective gear. You should be wearing reflective items whenever you run on the road, but especially in areas your unfamiliar with. Your new route could have visibility restrictions, or motorists may not be used to seeing runners in their neighborhood. Take extra precautions to stand out in unfamiliar terrain.
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  • Running shoes and insoles. This should be a given, but shoes can be easy to forget in the rush of packing. The last thing you need is to arrive at your destination and realize you have to buy – and break in – new shoes while running in an unfamiliar place.
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  • Supports or bracing. Don’t forget the time in between actual runs. If you have plantar fasciitis, you’ll want to bring along your night sock, arch wrap or any other product you use that helps provide relief when you’re not running. These can be easy to overlook when packing, so put them on your holiday packing list ahead of time.
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  • Storage and accessories. A runner’s fanny pack or running belt can come in handy for running while away from home. Keep a pair of sunglasses with you, as well as sunscreen, your phone, headphones and even small snacks just in case. Also remember a water bottle – don’t assume your host will have one you can use.
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  • Extra socks, towels and laundry bags. Be a polite guest and do your best to keep your host’s living space clean and fresh. Having plenty of extra socks and using your own towels will help control your sweat, and keeping your dirty items in a separate, tightly closed laundry bag can go a long way toward leaving your room fresh. Keeping a few dryer sheets or other fresheners in your laundry can help too.

This is a good place to start for your holiday packing list. What else do you take with you to keep up with your running habit over the holidays? We’d love to know!