Complete Checklist for Traveling Triathletes

Traveling to a triathlon can be one of the most exciting parts of the competitive process. Sure it's nice to wake up in your own bed before heading to the start area, but flying to a race, eating in new restaurants and racing on an unfamiliar course add a whole new challenge. Poor preparation for the trip, however, can spell disaster.

Avoid feeling overwhelmed by lost luggage or a forgotten piece of equipment. If you're methodical about the packing process, you'll be stress-free upon your arrival. By putting together a travel checklist and learning a few insider tips, you'll be armed and ready to travel like a pro. Check out the following triathlon travel list as you pack up for your next big competition.

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Race-Day Checklist

Triathlon requires a wide variety of gear, which can complicate your travel plans. Print out this race day checklist to ensure all the necessary gear makes it to the transition area.

What to Bring for the Swim

  • Tri-suit or swim suit
  • Wetsuit
  • Goggles
  • Digital watch
  • Swim cap

What to Bring for the Bike

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Bike shoes
  • Shorts
  • Bike jersey
  • Socks
  • Bike gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Pump
  • Spare tubes

What to Bring for the Run

  • Running shoes
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Hat or visor
  • Race belt
  • Water belt

What to Bring for the Transition Area

  • Change of clothes
  • Flip flops
  • Towel
  • Nutritionals
  • Sunscreen
  • Black marker for body marking
  • Vaseline
  • Bike toolkit
  • First aid kit
  • Body glide

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