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.
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.
If you’re heading for the beach or warmer climates ensure your running clothing is sweat wicking and fast-drying. Always try to run in the morning before temperatures get too high.
- Running shorts or other thin bottoms
- Breathable vest or t-shirt
- Electrolyte tablets for rehydration
- Water bottle
- Sun cream
- Sun glasses
For more on how to dress for warmer weather check out our ultimate guide to summer running gear.
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!