What do you carry in your running bag?

I’m trying to break the habit of carrying a giant, over-stuffed purse everywhere. I’ve started buying wristlets, and only carrying a purse when absolutely necessary.

However, I think all the bulk I no longer carry around daily via purse has made it’s way into my running bag.

I ask you this, what do YOU carry in your running bag?



I carry a bag inside my bag (the Running Chics logo on the white background is a smaller canvas bag). It’s to hold all the smaller stuff that is laid out on the right, so stuff doesn’t get lost among my clothes and shoes.

This is what is usually standard in my running bag:

  • Nike Vapor Jacket
  • Other hoodie (at this point in time, it was a Running Chics hoodie)
  • Fuel (at this point in time, Clif Builders bar and a half, Sport Beans, Gu x3)
  • A hat AND a visor (I like the hat if it’s raining, the visor if I want to block the sun)
  • Two pairs of sunglasses (of course I only wear the pair I got for free at the Shamrock Shuffle expo)
  • A Spibelt AND a Banjee (and there’s Burt’s Bees lip balm in the Spibelt)
  • A pair of compression calf sleeves
  • Spray-on sunscreen AND lotion sunscreen
  • Two sticks of Body Glide (regular and for women)
  • Deoderant
  • Reflective slap-on anklets
  • Bondi Band
  • Fleece headband
  • Road ID
  • Extra safety pins (for race bibs)
  • A blinking light-up ring (it’s a novelty, but I figured it would be good for running at night)
  • An extra pair of [cotton] socks (packed for last weekend’s race, since it was raining)
  • Arm warmers that are actually soccer socks with the feet cut off (also packed for the race)
  • Headlamp
  • Mini first aid pouch (dark blue pouch next to the Sport Beans – they were handing those out at last weekend’s race)
  • I also usually have a handheld water bottle in there, but didn’t tonight because I used it during my run

I didn’t always carry this much stuff. It just kind of accumulated over time, and I rarely take anything out.  Plus, it’s always good to be prepared. Of course I also always pack shoes, socks, sports bra, Garmin, heart rate strap, contacts, no-slip headband and running clothes.

So, how do you compare? Anything I don’t have in my bag that you always have with you?

Also, if you need a new running bag to hold your running stuff, check out Outdoor GB – they stock over 100 different types.

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8 Comments on “What do you carry in your running bag?”

  1. I usually have baby wipes with me! Although ShowerPill sent me some samples to review so I think I am going to start using those now – they seem more effective. I usually have a towel too. Do you carry anything like that?

    Other than that, it’s running clothes, shoes + RoadID, watch, a visor, food and water. If I am going somewhere afterward I bring a change of clothes.

  2. I don’t have a running bag but after reading this I basically NEED one in my life. I’m extremely OCD about my things and having a place where all necessary running items are stored is exactly what I need. AND I’ll be using your list for guidance. Perfect 🙂

    1. Haha, glad I could help! Having a bag is nice because I often meet people to run after work and change at the office, so it takes a lot of the thought out of packing my stuff the night before. But it also doubles as a space to store a lot of my miscellaneous running stuff.

  3. I actually don’t have a running bag. I just pack extremely light (as in nothing) or stuff a bunch of stuff into my spibelt. I do have an enormous purse/backpack that I take with me to work though. It carries all of the essentials plus eyedrops, my bike lock & keys, deodorant (if I sweat while riding), breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc. It’s definitely ginormous!

  4. I only pack a bag if I’m going to run at work. Otherwise I change at home before I go running. But when I do pack a bag I just take the essentials: bottoms, top, bra, socks, hat, Garmin, towel, face wash, and make-up (so I can make myself look presentable after running at lunch), hair brush. You would be so much more prepared than me to go for a random run 🙂

  5. I usually add some wet-wipes to this mess for the days when I run before classes and don`t have time for a real shower (poor classmates, I feel sorry for them, but it`s only days where I have a short running session). Other than that: deodorant and dry shampoo, hair ties and bobby pins, sometimes a little hairspray, one of those microfiber towels that you can roll up really tight and some change if I need to go grab another drink or use a public restroom.

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