Today we are going to be unpacking what members of the Run the Wild Team carry with them on a trail run. It is a common question from runners who sign up to a Run the Wild running adventure to know what they should carry each day, and despite having a kit list, it's a good question to ask as it will vary on the weather and adventure and will always lead to some personal variation. It's annoying to carry too much and possibly dangerous not to carry enough. So, in this short feature we will take a look at the bits of kit which are a must if you want to be prepared for the trail adventures on the hills and pack like a pro!
Before we start though let’s say just a few words about the bag. Don't get us wrong this is not a review of back packs but we would always recommend a pack that is light, comfortable, carries everything securely and is snug. 12 Litres would be the maximum sized pack and unless you are on a very short run, try to avoid bumbags. We tend to find if someone doesn't like running with a bag, then they've probably had the wrong one sold to them in the past, so there really is only one way to choose a bag and that's to try them on! Head to your local Runners Need store, ask your friends what they run with and give them a go, come on a Run the Wild trip and we will pass around the packs! So, get involved and get comfy! Remember that everyone is different when it comes to back packs, there are some which some members of the Team love, whilst the others hate them and vice-versa, it's as personal as a trail shoe! And after a while you will probably have a whole cupboard of them! Don't be afraid to personalise them either (I've added a bungee to mine as well as sown in some extra velcro tabs).
But this article is about what to put in that bag, once you have found yourself the perfect one! This really can make all the difference for how enjoyable a run can be. Here at Run the Wild we are often out in potentially treacherous environments and on technical trails, where a minimum kit list is based not just on comfort, but also safety. However, even a run in relative suburbia can benefit from a few essentials.
What's in the pack?
We're going to break this down into 5 sections: Hydration, Nutrition, Navigation, Clothing and Emergencies.