Kit laid out neatly according to my triathlon packing list

Triathlon packing list and preparation

If transition is the 4th discipline of triathlon, then logistics is the 5th. Just getting to the start line can be a real ordeal for some events, especially if a wetsuit swim and a flight are involved.

Kit laid out neatly according to my triathlon packing list
Kit all laid out before a non-wetsuit race

I like to lay everything out the night before, especially with the traditional early starts of local, open-road races. To help with this, I’ve made a handy triathlon packing list, setting out all the tasks I need to achieve. I normally drive to my races, so also need to prepare the bike rack, but otherwise I think the list is pretty general. If you’re packing away from the internet, you can find a downloadable, printable triathlon packing list here.

Packed in the bag

  • Helmet
  • Cycling shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Computer/strap/HRM
  • Gels/nutrition
  • Race belt
  • Single hole punch (for making holes in race number for the number belt toggles)
  • Swim cap
  • Goggles
  • Running shoes
  • Towel
  • After race change of clothes
  • Bodyglide
  • Wetsuit
  • Race license (Triathlon England membership card)
  • Plastic bag for wetsuit after race

Laid out to grab on race morning

  • tri-suit
  • tracksuit
  • shoes for pre- and post-race
  • (corrective) glasses
  • wallet
  • phone
  • house keys
  • car keys
  • bike rack keys

Prepared the night before

  • bike rack on car
  • bike stripped of removable objects (mini-pump, saddlebag, lights)
  • saddlebag contents checked (tyre levers, patch kit, CO2 inflator, spare tube)
  • stepladder and track pump in boot (I’m too short to lift the bike off the roof without a ladder!)

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