Three sets of clothes, resealable gallon-size bags, two sets of shoes ... we've all read the packing lists from bloggers tackling overnight relays. Heck, I even wrote one last year around this time.
But here's the thing: We all include the same items and most of them are no-brainers. Does someone really need to be reminded to bring a sports bra?
Wait. Depending on how much sleep I have had, I might.
Regardless, there are things that make running a relay easier or even possible. Things that I don't often see on the lists.
1. Cold, hard cash. You can pack that van full of snacks and Nuun but sometime in those 30 hours, you are going to want food. Real, hot food. And you have to pay for it. Credit cards can do the trick but relays often go through smaller towns and not ever establishment accepts plastic. Also, I saw some cute stands set up last year, one during our last set of legs, selling honey and other local goods. I was tempted but my cash was limited. This year, I'm ready.
2. Power inverter. Cell phones, GPS watches, Fitbits all need to be charged. An inverter makes life much easier. My captain brings one for each van as well as a power strip so we aren't fighting over who gets to charge her phone.
3. Hand warmers. Relays have night legs and those night legs can get cold. Even colder? Coming into the van sweaty after your night leg. Hand warmers help keep you comfortable. They are also helpful for your teammates who are waiting for you at the exchange.
Have you run a relay? What are your essentials?