How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
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What to Pack for an Ultra Marathon

The unofficial kickoff to trail running season is only a few days away in the Deep South. Birmingham has the Oak Mountain 50k, and Alabama’s first 100 of the year (and 50 and 27-mile “fun run”) will be at Lake Martin. So, basically, this weekend we will have ALL THE ULTRAS!

With a new racing season come new ultra runners who are probably trying to soak up every ounce of advice they can. Or at least that’s how I was.

After a few years of trial-and-error and “Oh shit, I forgot X” and “Ugh, why did I bring Y,” I feel like I have my ultra packing list pretty much set in stone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about what to bring to your ultra (and I didn’t piss you off with my post on how to ultra), here’s a peek at what I pack inside my drop bag:

Diaper cream—Slather your feet in this butt salve to ward off blisters

How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
I swear up, down, and sideways by this

Batteries—A dim headlamp is dangerous, and a dead phone battery is demoralizing (for me, at least)

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Chris and Rachel gifted me the best thing ever – this external battery pack

Needle—Pop those nasty-ass blisters if they become too troublesome

VaselineFor when your special bits start to chafe

How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
Unsterile safety pin and duct tape for the inevitable infection said pin will cause

Wet wipes—Way more gentle on your aforementioned chafed bottom than leaves or grass

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Only the best for your ass

Extra socks—Trust me—take those extra few moments and change your socks

How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
Lately I’ve been obsessed with Bridgedale and Hilly socks

Scissors—For any wardrobe malfunctions or extraneous limbs that get in the way

How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
Headless Helen will gladly help rid you of unnecessary appendages

Favorite snack—Nothing lifts your spirits like a morsel of your favorite food in the middle of the race

Caffeine—Espresso beans, Red Bull, caffeinated Gu are worth their weight in gold at 2 a.m.

Ziplock bags—Toss some aid station food into these suckers to create your own custom trail mix and keep moving during the race

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Running an ultra, or nursing a curious case of the munchies?

Ginger chews—Settle an upset stomach before it derails your race

Sodium—S Caps, Tailwind, McDonald’s salt packets, ocean water—stay salty, my friends!

Whiskey—I have found that sipping on the good stuff both during and after races is quite enjoyable

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Something sweet, something spicy, something sodium-y, and an alcoholic pup

Seasoned racers—what do you think? Anything I’m missing?

How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
All the other things that live permanently in my trunk/drop bag

2 Comments

  • Heidi Kumm

    Sunscreen + chapstick!
    Ibuprofen [it won’t kill you if you do it right — said every drug dealer, ever — but you know what I mean]
    Bio bag — for the wet wipes/kleenex post lady pee!

    I’m also more of a body glider than vaseliner. Body glide also works wonders on your toes!

    #mytwocents

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