You’ve put in the miles, organized your team, and have your matching team shirts ready to rock — now it’s time to pack. We’re sure you know to pack food, water (but no cups!), clothes, and shoes… But don’t head out for race weekend until you’ve packed these seven trail-ready gadgets and accessories.
1. Lights on lights on lights
Safety first: Ragnar requires every relay runner to wear a headlamp, a tail light, and a reflective vest while running at night. You can choose any gear you want as long as it works, but we really like these vests, headlamps and tail lights from Nathan Sports. Here’s a handy guide on what kind of safety gear you need for your Ragnar Trail.
2. Power banks
Nothing spells frustration for a blogger like a dead cell phone. What do you mean, there’s no more charging ports?!
Don’t let that be you. Pack a portable power bank, like this sleek Belkin one. Also don’t forget your regular charger just in case you do get some time with the coveted charging port in your campsite.
3. Headphones or earbuds
There’s nothing quite like breezing through a trail run with your favorite song or podcast playing. While we’re all for soaking up the scenery, an upbeat tune can be just what you need to make it to the finish.
We’re partial to Aftershokz, which use bone-conduction technology to transport sound through your cheekbones, leaving your ears open to the sounds of other runners, cars, and (hopefully harmless) creatures.
4. Sweat-proof spray sunscreen
Pink tents, pink shoes, pink blankets… We love pink (we do #SweatPink, after all) — but we want nothing to do with pink skin. Protect yourself from the sun’s rays during your daytime legs with performance sunscreen.
Smearing lotion onto sweaty, dirty skin isn’t exactly ideal, so your best bet is to opt for a spray-on bottle. We like Kinsesys, which uses a pump spray instead of aerosol and is water and sweat resistant for nearly 90 minutes.
5. Running belt
Ever arrive at a race and think, “What the heck am I supposed to do with all of my belongings?!”
We feel you. You can definitely store most of your items in your tent, but we recommend bringing a running belt for any trail must-haves.
This Nathan Hipster belt with multiple pockets that will keep all your essentials snug and secure on the trails. For a two-in-one type deal, consider a hydration belt that can hold your belongings plus a couple water bottles.
6. Body wipes
Not showering for three days is one thing. Not showering for three days, after multiple runs, in tight quarters with seven other people, is a whole different — and smellier — thing. Cut your teammates a break and pack some body wipes.
Good Wipes should be on your Ragnar essentials list. Extra-thick and supersized, these body wipes are a huge step up from baby wipes. You just need one to make up for a missed shower! Add these to your toiletries bag alongside deodorant, toothpaste, and maybe some dry shampoo.
7. Video camera or GoPro
If you run a Ragnar Trail and don’t get any video footage, did you really run a Ragnar Trail?
Okay, yeah, you did — but memories are so much more fun when you have videos to look back on! You can wear a GoPro on a head strap during your daytime legs (remember, headlamps are required at night), or invest in a wrist strap or clip to mount a camera to your chest or shoulder.
Use your video camera to capture views from the trail as well as all the action happening back at Ragnar Village.