You’ve probably had some memorable runs on just about every vacation you’ve ever been on, but have you ever planned a vacation almost solely around running?
Planning a “runcation” is like any other vacation, except the trip’s main attraction is a race, a running camp or other running-related event. Instead of packing the usual travel essentials, you’ll be stuffing your suitcase with running clothes and shoes, Body Glide, and all the chews, bars and liquids (within TSA regulations) you can possibly fit.
But what makes a runcation more exciting than a regular trip is the ability to view a new place from an entirely different perspective than if you weren’t traveling there to run. Running frees you from the tourist traps and allows you to explore the secret nooks and crannies of a city or discover an outdoor wonder.
It also makes you feel better after a trip. Ever come back home feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation? A runcation, especially one centered around a running camp, retreat or race, can actually make you feel more rejuvenated, motivated and fit than before you left. And because that’s what a vacation should be about—tending to both your physical and mental health and wellness—we’ve put together a guide of running camps and race destinations (mostly outside of the U.S.) to mark down on your 2017 calendar, and inspire your best (and healthiest!) running adventure yet.
5 Quick Travel Tips for Runners
1. Pack light.
The best part of running apparel these days is that everything is lightweight and made of quick-drying fabrics. So no need to bring every pair of running shorts and tees you own—a pair of shorts, a couple tops and a light weatherproof jacket can last you an entire week.
2. Bring a large plastic bag.
This will come in handy for muddy or wet runs, and sweaty clothing you need to pack away right after use.
3. Carry on running clothes and shoes.
If you’re flying, pack a running outfit, shoes and other essentials, like meds, in your carry-on. If your checked bag doesn’t arrive with your or gets lost, at least you have what you need to run.
4. Stand and walk around the airport as much as possible.
You’ll be doing plenty of sitting on the plane. Plus, it sets an active tone for the rest of the trip.
5. Make running a part of your itinerary.
If you’re attending a running camp, then this is a no-brainer. But if you’re going for a race or just want to incorporate running into the trip, then you’ll be held more accountable when you’ve made it part of your schedule, just like at home.