Triathlon Training Education

Triathlon Packing List

It is amazing how much stuff we need to bring with us for a triathlon race! Even after years being in the sport, I still find myself spending too much time organizing and going over my checklist of things I need or may need for my race. The length of the event of course plays a huge role in your packing as well as the location and the time of the event. 

Below you will find my comprehensive list that I use for my own races. Putting it here so other athletes could benefit and eliminate just another pre-race stressor. Nothing is worse than coming to the event and realizing you forgot to pack your race morning breakfast or your race shoes.


  • Trisuit 
  • Swimsuit or another tri kit (for a pre – race practice swim)
  • Wetsuit 
  • Swim Skin
  • Goggles 
  • Spare Goggles 
  • Swim Cap 
  • Anti Fog Solution
  • Flip Flops
  • Disposable Water Bottle (drink before the race start / pour water inside the wetsuit before the start)


  • Bike 
  • Race Wheels 
  • Bike Tools / Puncture Repair Kit 
  • Bike Pump 
  • Bike Bottles 
  • Cycling shoes 
  • Helmet 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Bike Computer 
  • Optional Bike Clothing (such as arm warmers) 
  • Elastic Bands (if you use them for fly mount) 
  • Talcum Powder For Bike Shoes 
  • Towel For Transition Area 
  • Socks (if riding with socks) 
  • Body Glide / Chamois Cream
  • Bike Charger (if you have electronic shifting)
  • Zip Ties (if using to secure bottles, computer, etc.)


  • Run Shoes 
  • Elastic Laces 
  • Socks 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Cap or Visor 
  • Additional Run Clothes (for pre-race shakeout run) 
  • Race Belt
  • Handheld Water Bottle (if using)
  • Zip Lock Bags With Frozen Towels (full IM or hot races)
  • Run Power Meter and Charger (if using) 


  • Fuel Belt 
  • Bike Bottles 
  • Energy Gels/Powders/Bars etc.
  • Bento Box (if you carry fuel on the bike and it is not a built-in one) 
  • Hydration Tabs or Salt Caps
  • Food / Drink For Before And After The Race
  • Extra Bottles (to mix nutrition powders)


  • Bag For Carrying Transition Gear 
  • Race Details / Athlete Guide
  • Travel / Accommodation Details 
  • Race Number 
  • Pins for Race Number (if not using race belt)
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Medications 
  • Phone / Watch Charger 
  • Skin Lube
  • Sports Watch 
  • Money / Bank Cards 
  • Passport / Travel Documents 
  • Triathlon Association Membership Card
  • ID 
  • Bright Tape For Transition Bags For Easy Identification
  • Compression Socks For Recovery
  • Foam Roller / Massage Gun For Recovery 
  • Comfortable Clothes to Change Into After The Race
  • Tums Tabs
  • Scissors (cut race numbers to place on your bike)
  • Wipes
  • Head Lamp (set up transition / pump tires in the dark)
  • Neosporin / Band-Aid
  • Towel / Swim Parka (give to sherpa to dry off and stay warm, especially important for a full IM race when you may be finishing at much cooler temperatures)
  • Garbage Bag (to sit on before the swim start or use as a poncho) 
  • Cash For Tips (bike mechanic)