How do you pack for Ragnar Relay or any 24 hour race like Epic Relay, Hood to Coast or some of the other races that have sprung up? Even though I go through a checklist each time (send me an email at cheinle(at) cox(dot) net you'd like a copy) there is always something I want to bring/change for next time and my list is always changing. Packing for a 24 hour relay race is pretty challenging. Especially if you like to always be prepared for anything. If you need to fly to the race, then your challenges become 10 fold depending on if you check luggage or not. I'm leaving on Thursday morning for Ragnar Florida Central to run another relay and am too cheap to check luggage and need to fit it all into a suitcase and a carry-on. Let's see if I'm successful?
Back in June 2010 I posted what I was taking on Wasatch Ragnar but after looking at the statistic tab, I realized there are many people looking for information on what to pack.
The next three important things are your running shoes, running socks and clothes. Even if you only have one of each, you'll be able to run Ragnar. You may stink and get ridiculed by your van mates (heck they may tie you to top of the van to air you out) but you'll be able to complete a Ragnar with minimal discomfort. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard of people losing their shoes, bringing mismatched shoes or even having their luggage lost and their shoes were in the suitcase. For that reason, my running shoes go on the plane with me and some people will even wear their running shoes on the plane to be 100% positive they have their shoes with them.
KT Tape, which is the latest cool thing to have for aches and injuries. If you have an IT band problem, find a smaller sized foam roller and bring that too. You'll have other runners clambering to get a couple minutes on it. Another tip is have baby wipes for everyone to use along with a garbage bag that is emptied at each major exchange which will keep the van neat and tidy.
Other things to bring Garmin (don't leave home without it), sunglasses and sunscreen. One last thing to bring is a good attitude full of patience (especially at 2am when everyone is tired and cranky) and your sense of humor.