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RUNNING ON HOLIDAY: HOW TO PACK YOUR RUNNING ESSENTIALS

Whether you're heading for the beach, a city break, or into the mountains, if you're planning on running on holiday here's everything you need to pack without having to compromise on weight and valuable suitcase space.


How can I Make Running Part of my Holiday?

Going for a run in the mornings, ideally before breakfast, helps divide your running training from your downtime. This is especially good if you're heading for sunshine where it's likely to be hotter in the afternoon.

 

With a little bit of forward-planning, your running route can also include some sightseeing and scenic stretches along some more challenging sandy shorelines. You could even conclude your run by cooling off in the hotel pool or by going for a swim in the sea.

 

Try to set your training goals before you leave to help ensure you stick to a schedule but don’t be surprised or stressed if you end up missing the occasional route. Remember that you are on holiday, after all!

What Running Kit Should I Pack?

What you should pack for your holiday depends on where you are going and how long you will be away.

 

Before you go away is to check the weather forecast before you pack to make sure you have the right kit for your destination. There would be nothing worse than packing running shorts and it is raining constantly. 

 

You should also do a bit of research and figure out where you can run. Strava and other apps will show you local running routes so you can explore your local area. If you are more a gym runner then check to see if there is a gym in your hotel or if there are pay-as-you-go gyms nearby where you can go. 

 

If you are going for a long trip then bring more clothes so you don't have to re-wear sweaty gear. If you are strapped for space then bring wicking and quick drying gear and some travel wash and you will be able to wash and wear your gear again. Wear bulkier items when you travel, like your running shoes to save on space. This will also be more comfortable when you are traveling.

 

So that answers some basic questions. But we have decided to go that step further and break it down by trip type to make it easy for you to reach your personal best wherever you are. 

 

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

If you’re heading for the beach or warmer climates this summer you need to ensure your running clothing is sweat wicking and fast-drying. This will not only be more comfortable to run in but will also you to keep cool whilst you're trying to get your personal best. 

 

It is also recommended to try to run in the morning before temperatures get too high. 

 

Keep your running clothing thin and lightweight. Shorts and vests are preferable as they allow more air to circulate to keep you cool. 

 

Hydration is also key, so get rehydration tablets and keep a bottle of water on hand. On that note look after your body by wearing a cap and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. 

 

Packing list: 

For more on how to dress for warmer weather check out our ultimate guide to summer running gear.

CITY BREAKS

If you're off on a city break you can still get in some road running.  Be sure to bring a good pair of road running trainers, these will make running on tarmac and other urban surfaces easier and more comfortable.

 

Make sure your clothing matches the temperature. If you are going to a cooler city wear longer leggings and a running jacket to help insulate heat and if you are running in a warmer city wear shorts and t-shirts. Be sure to look at the forecast before you leave so you can tailor your running gear to the climate. 

 

If you are running at night don't forget reflective high-viz clothing so you can stay safe in traffic. 

 

It is also recommended to bring a GPS device so you don't get too lost in the city of your choice. 

 

Packing list: 

COLDER DESTINATIONS

For a chillier getaway you'll need to pack a little more to stay warm.

 

Depending on where you are going and how cold it will be sure to pack layers so you can customize your warmth. If the weather is very variable waterproof items may be in need, such as a waterproof running jacket. These are very lightweight and a godsend for wet and windy runs. 

 

If it is really cold heats, gloves and other warm accessories may be necessary. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cold weather!  Hand warmers may also be a good shout, and can easily be fitted into a pocket. 

 

Clothing should be long-sleeved and made of warmer material like wool. This goes for socks too, there are many iterations of wool socks now that are technical and very warm. 

 

Packing list:

ESSENTIALS

SHOES

It goes without saying that you'll need your running shoes but if you're heading to terrain that's different to your usual then make sure you have the right type.

 

Before you pack, research the  local area and landscape to decide what you'll be running on, whether it's town roads, rugged trails or sandy beaches, so that you can bring the best footwear for the job.

SOCKS

Good technical running socks are also a must-have. Adding extra support while still keeping your feet dry and reduce your risk of blisters. Take a few pairs if you're planning on running every day.

HYDRATION

Staying hydrated is essential in any climate; if you're struggling with suitcase space, bring a running belt or waist pack with a bottle holder, but buy your bottled water once you get there instead of bringing the bottle with you.

 

For more advice visit our blog on how to stay hydrated before, during, and after your run.


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