Friday, November 13, 2015

Racecation Carry-on Checklist: What to Pack, Vegas Edition

Disclosure: I have partnered with Apera performance bags to bring you this racecation carry-on check list. All opinions are my own. If I hated it, I'd tell you. There are affiliate links in this post.

Happy Friday, friends! Tomorrow I leave for Vegas to run the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon. Vegas, Baby! I am so excited about my upcoming trip that I've started the pre-packing process. I've pulled out the running gear and accessories I will need for my Vegas racecation!

What's a racecation, you ask? Racecation according to Webster's dictionary doesn't exist, but if you have ever gone out of town for the purpose of running a race, you've been on a racecation! It's my favorite reason to travel.

I've teamed up with Apera and their amazing Fast Pack to bring you this racecation carry-on check list. The carry-on is very important for a racecation, because you must pack all your race day essentials in your carry-on in case your checked luggage gets lost. A quick way to ruin a racecation is to show up on race day with no running gear. Without a race it's just another boring vacation.

I am packing my Apera Fast Pack in power berry to use as my carry-on luggage. It is roomy, durable and oh-so fashionable! With built-in antimicrobial product protection it helps prevent the inside of your bag from smelling like a locker room, even after you add your sweaty race clothes on the way home.

What to pack?

1. Running shoes
It's a good idea to wear or pack the running shoes you want to wear during the race in your carry-on bag. One lost checked bag and it's game over. Unless you are one of those barefoot runners, you're gonna need running shoes.

2. Moisture-wicking socks
Do yourself a favor and avoid cotton running socks, instead look for socks made from moisture-wicking material to help prevent blisters. You wouldn't want to ruin a perfectly good racecation with painful blistered feet.

3. Race day outfit/sports bra
Unless you plan to run naked, you're gonna need a race day outfit. Pack it in your carry-on bag just in case. If you're like me and might change your mind ten times about what to wear come race morning, your back up gear can packed in your checked luggage.

4. Light jacket
I'll be packing a light jacket that I can wear if when it gets chilly on the plane or in the evenings.

5. Running belt 
I always pack my FlipBelt to hold my belongings when I race. It's surprisingly roomy to hold all my race day essentials. Now I only have to decide between pink or black for race day.

6. Music/headphones
My iPod is essential for music to avoid awkward conversations with strangers on the plane and for some motivational beats per minute during the race. I have a new rock 'n' roll playlist which will surely include some Jack White, all cued up for the race. Don't forget your headphones.

7. GPS watch
Speaking of running naked, running without my GPS watch might be as uncomfortable as actually running naked. How can I be expected to run a half marathon without knowing each time I've progressed another eighth of a mile?

8. Cell Phone/accessories
Yeah, I know. You don't need a reminder to pack your cell phone, that thing's an extension of your right hand. But don't forget to pack your wall charger and portable charger. If your phone battery is dead you can't take those mid-race selfies (or check for updates on Running with Ollie Blog).

9. Reading material
I like to pack some light reading for the plane since they took away my beloved SkyMall. Where else can I purchase an automatic head massager? Women's Running Magazine and Idea Fitness Journal will have to do, even if they don't offer cool unique items for sale, like indoor dog toilets.

10. Snacks
Last but not least for hungry girls like me, snacks! I'll pack a small arsenal of healthy, non-perishable snacks like pistachios and protein bars for the plane and hotel room, so I don't end up having to pay five bucks for a bag of m&m's out of the hotel mini fridge.

What to pack in your racecation carry-on

Did I miss anything? Seriously, let me know because I leave tomorrow! Thanks to Apera for the trendy and functional Fast Pack. I'll surely be packing my Apera performance duffle as my checked luggage. Vegas isn't the only thing I am excited about for the rest of 2015, check it out to see what else I have going on!

Anyone else racing this weekend? Tell me about it so I can cheer you on!

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  1. Cute bag! I would also add an empty water bottle... maybe one of those collapsible ?? ones. Have a great time.

  2. My husband and I have been on so many racecations. It's our favorite way to travel! I love Apera bags.

  3. Cool bag! I feel out of the loop since this is the first time I've heard of the flipbelt. The bag and belt will be on my Christmas wish list. Hope you had an awesome race day.


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