I have running “bags” in a couple of locations and I
think hope I’ve gotten pretty good at bringing what I need and not a lot of extra. At the salon I work at we each have quite a bit of storage. I’m so thankful for this. We have our work stations which are fantastic, but we also each have two lockers. The cabinets are about 7′ tall, so I’m able to store all my salon needs as well as a couple of shelves dedicated to other things.
My “work bag” includes a sports bra, tank top, t-shirt and long sleeve shirt, a pair of shorts, socks and running shoes. It also has a spare handheld water bottle, a couple of plastic bags from the grocery store (for the post-run clothing). When the temps start to plummet I add capris or running tights and a running jacket plus gloves and a hat. I have a red “medi-kit bag” there as well (from an old diaper bag). It has deodorant, body and face wipes, band-aids, toothbrush and paste, Nuun, every kind of pain reliever known to man, Benadryl, gas-x, pepto, emergen-C, etc… It’s a virtual pharmacy because I spend a lot of time at work and I want to be comfortable in the event something unexpected happens – minus a hospital visit I can handle nearly anything at work. I also have a make-up bag with one of everything I use in it. I generally use smaller sizes and refill them at home or shades I bought but don’t like as much. Plus a mascara and eyeliner as well as a ziplock baggie with hair ties, bobby pins, etc… I’m a hairdresser. Looking good at work is kind of important.
At home I have a Nike backpack or my larger hydration backpack that I grab and go with. If I’m not doing the race close to home, am hanging out for hours afterward or am at a hotel, I carry a bag to the race to stash with them or whoever
I dragged kicking and screaming to take copious pictures of me came along. In this I put a pair of shoes – flip-flops in summer or my fuzzy crocs if it’s chilly, a brush, a jacket/hoodie/sweatshirt, shirt to change into (hey that’s where I sweat the most!), body/face wipes, camera, phone, a mini medi-kit. Most of the same things in the red case at work but in smaller bottles, smaller amounts. No make-up, but a ziplock baggie with extra hair ties and bobby pins.
I also have a super mini medi-kit that I sometimes take on long trail runs or races. I get a small bottle or baggie (the red mini first aid kit zipper pouches work well) and put 1-800mg ibuprofen, 1 Benadryl, 2 gas-x chewables, a travel sized spray neosporin, 1 hair tie, 2 bobby pins and a couple of band-aids. It takes up very little space and has been needed on more than one occasion. When you have it and don’t use it, you don’t notice but when you need it and don’t have it you become very aware that it’s missing.
My suitcase for travelling is another story altogether. I take my make-up case from home, my favorite brush, my face wash, my travel sized shampoo, conditioner and body wash, every piece of running apparel I might need in triplicate, some other clothes for “non running” opportunities…. Then I go to the expo and buy something new to wear on race day. Go figure!!