The joke in our house is that we pack the same amount of stuff for a one day cross race as we do for a 2 week-long trip. It’s a lot of stuff! I pack several plastic bins with various items that I will need for easy access and transport. These bins go from the car to the house easily, although during cross season they tend to just stay in the car for 3 months of races.
Bin #1: Start Bin
The start bin contains anything I might need before the start of the race:
Embrocation for the legs, chamois cream, endurolytes, lip balm, menthol for chest or nose, and a jar of safety pins.
Bin #2: Medical Bin
You never know. We all crash, and it can get pretty messy out there. So, it’s best to have a med bin to clean up your wounds after the race. Include some sort of antibacterial cleanser, gloves (in case you need to help someone else), gauze pads, bandages of various sizes, gauze wrap or tubular gauze, antibiotic cream (Neosporin) and meds such as ibuprofen, Tums, Pepto, benadryl and any prescriptions you may have including an extra inhaler, etc.
Bin #3: Food
Pack all of your gels and food for pre- and post-race in a bin for easy access.
Packing your bag
I carry one bag with all my “extra” things in it that I may or may not need. The Spare Clothing Bag comes to every race regardless of the predicted weather:
- Arm warmers, leg warmers, knee warmers
- Warm gloves, regular gloves
- Extra base layer, extra socks
- Rain gear, rain cap
- Booties, vest, long sleeve, wind jacket
The regular race items go in the Race Bag:
- Skinsuits, long and short sleeve
- Bib shorts, short sleeve jersey
- Glasses, helmet, shoes, gloves, socks
And yes, there’s more:
- Baby wipes and towels for clean up
- Cooler with bottles and extra water
- Folding chair
- Spare wheels
- Tool kit, pump, lube
- Clothing for after the race