How To Pack for a Ragnar Relay: A Ragnar Packing Checklist

You’ve logged miles, rallied the tribe, booked the vans and dialed every last detail. Anticipation is high, and it should be – this is Reebok Ragnar Relays and you’re in for an unforgettable adventure. Before you hit the road, make sure to pack like a pro to maximize your experience. Not sure how many extra socks you need? Or whether that box of tissues is worth is? We’ve got you covered. Have no fear, the ultimate Ragnar packing checklist is here! Print it off, email it to your team, and relax – the best things in life leave a little room for the unexpected.

Here are some pro-tips from the Ragnarians themselves:

“Throwing a fully topped-off external charger in your bag can be a lifesaver when it seems like everyone in the van needs to use the car charger.” – Gephry Taton

“Place a Bounce dryer sheet inside each bag containing your running clothes to help alleviate the smell after running.” – Rachel Mackey

“Pack your clothes in zip lock bags. Then when you put them back in after a run the van doesn’t smell as bad!” – Cathy

“Strange, but it works….my teammate brought an old SKIRT with elastic waist and we would put it over our head and change outside. Genius!”  – Mary Healey Gafner

“Air fresheners for the vans. If you hope to remain friends with your drivers when it’s over.” – Marnie L Rosenberg

“Put each run’s clothing (shirt, shorts, socks, hat, underwear) in a separate 1 gallon (or larger) ziplock bag. Keeps everything together and easy to find, but it shines post-run too!” – Jeanie

“All the sweaty clothes go back in the bag. Doesn’t get anything else wet and helps with odors too!” – Grant Hopper

“Put frozen water jugs in your cooler. Less wet mess, plus as it thaws you have cold water. Use reuseable water bottle to save room and be green.” – Jamie Zynda

“I pack a little aid bag for each van – contains things like ibuprofen, immodium, extra sunscreen, dramamine, tums, hydrocortisone cream, tampons, allergy pills, band aids, cold compresses, and things like that that can come in extremely handy if you have it with you.” -Lindsey Harkness

“And remember, all your crap and the crap of 5 other people need to fit into your van!” – Jessica Galaviz

“Use a race belt for the numbers (have 2) so you can skip the pinning.” – Rachel Schreier Schewe

“KT Tape is a necessity, never know when you may need it!”­ – Dawn Burris

“Toilet paper…because just in case.” – Jean Smith

“3 things: 1) is ONE NIGHT, not a WEEK in the Australian Outback. 2) You should get by with: 3 run outfits, 2 shoes, deodorant and a headlight. 3) Ziplocs are awesome.” – Jennifer Johnson

“Wear something other than sneakers/shoes during your off time. Flip flops or sandals. Time without socks is good.” – Matthew Clayton

Don’t Forget: Safety Gear

During a 200-ish overnight running relay, you’ll be running and be outside of your van during the night time. Safety should always come first, but it’s especially true at a Ragnar Relay. It’s not only important to us, but it is required that you have the proper safety gear:

  • Reflective Vest (required for every runner) – like Nathan Reflective Vests.
  • Headlamp (required – 2 per van) – You can share headlamps with your van-mates, but we suggest having your own because they get sweaty and fit differently on everyone. The new Nathan Nebula and Halo Fire headlamps are the first headlamps ever designed specifically for runners and feature Auto-Strobe™ to communicate the runners presence to drivers.
  • Taillight (required – 2 per van) – Nathan Sports offers the “StrobeLight” in 4 different colors.
  • Hand Flash light – Not required, but awesome.


Don’t Forget: Recovery Tools

Running three – or more times in a 24-hour period can take a toll on your body. Help your body recover faster with these tools:

  • Compression Socks: CEP Compression socks increase blood flow and help your legs bounce back quicker. Throw on some sleeves when you’re waiting for your next run.
  • Elevated Legs: Find Elevated Legs at major exchanges and the finish line during select Ragnar Relays, or better yet, rent them for your van.
  • Addady Rollers: Roll out your sore muscles after every run and dig into those tough spots like your IT band and glutes.

Don’t Forget: Go Green

Ragnar wants to reduce the impact we leave on communities we run through and the beautiful environment we experience. Here are new efforts to be aware of:

  • Cupless race: Ragnar will provide water along the course, however we will no longer be providing cups. This means you’ll need to bring your own water bottle to fill up. We also suggest not buying plastic water bottles, but instead bringing a larger water cooler in your van and filling up your personal water bottles as needed.
  • Trash and Recycling Bags for Every Van: Every van will receive blue recycling bags (in addition to trash bags) to sort their waste into trash and recycling. There will be trash and recycling bins throughout the course to dispose of your waste properly. Please #LoveTheLocals and pick up litter when you see it.


Here are a few additional resources to check out:

Ragnar Relay’s Ultimate Packing Guide

Fit Food Mamma’s: How To Pack for a Ragnar Relay

How to Pack For a Ragnar According to An Ambassador

Traveling Mom: The Ultimate Ragnar Packing List 

Another Mother Runner: How to Pack for Ragnar

Now is your turn to tell us your pro-tips in the comment section below! Is there anything we missed? Is there anything you shouldn’t worry about bringing? We’d love to hear your comments!


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About Rebecca Babicz

Rebecca Babicz is the Sr. Brand Manager at Ragnar. She enjoys #skiing, #running, #biking and sees the world through social media goggles. It is her personal goal in life to find the world's best fish tacos. Follow her on Instagram: @Bebabz

11 Responses to How To Pack for a Ragnar Relay: A Ragnar Packing Checklist

  1. Im interested in Ragnar , i have never ran in one but am in great physical condition.

    • Well then, make an account and put your name on the list as an available runner. I did it and my teammates were awesome! You won’t regret it.

    • Nikolas McFerron says:


      We are looking for someone to run with us this Friday (June 2-3) in Pennsylvania. Are you able?
      It is already paid for. Let me know.


    • Rachael says:

      Are you still looking Cory? I am trying to build a team. Friend me on FB and I will add you to my recruitment group (Rachael phillips)

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  3. Paul Sharron says:

    Looking to join a team for Rainier 2017 Thx

    • Rachael says:

      Are you still looking Paul? I am trying to build a team. Friend me on FB and I will add you to my recruitment group (Rachael phillips)

  4. Nikolas McFerron says:

    Anyone interested in running a Ragnar this week in Pennsylvania for free? (June 2-3) Our team is still looking for two runners. Pace is not important. Please message me if you are interested!

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  6. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the list! Dry Shampoo is great for freshening up between runs! Loved the Pro Tip about using a skirt for changing. We bring a pop-up changing tent. 🙂

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