You did it. You decided to tackle the most complicated race out there, the triathlon. If you’re going to be swimming, biking, and running consecutively, you’ll need to pack a lot of stuff!

So along with being physically able to compete in all three disciplines, you need to pack gear for all of them into your car! It’s pretty complicated, but with some forethought, it doesn’t have to be that hard.

I suggest creating a checklist of all the items you’ll need before, during, and after the race. To help out, I’ve posted mine below. You can use it “as is” or adapt it for your needs.


___ Registration form and/or license

___ Sunscreen


___ Wetsuit (optional)

___ Pam cooking spray (to aid in wetsuit removal)

___ Tri Outfit (shorts and jersey)

___ Goggles

___ Swim cap (if not provided)

T1 / Bike

___ Transition mat or beach towel

___ Bike stand (smaller races don’t provide racks)

___ Bicycle

___ Shoes (with cleats attached)

___ Water bottle (filled, in cage)

___ Seat bag
      – spare tube
      – tire levers
      – CO2 inflator
      – mini-tool

___ Bicycle Helmet

___ Sunglasses

___ Energy gel (on bike)

T2 / Run

___ Running sneakers w/ Speed Laces

___ Race belt (to clip number on)

___ Running cap

Post Race

___ Change of clothes

___ Sandals

___ Post-race food and water

___ First-aid kit

___ Camera (to capture the memories)

___ Towel

___ Baby wipes

___ Money

To make things easier, I suggest printing out a copy of the checklist and checking off items as you pack them into your car.

Want to download and print out a fancy copy of this checklist in PDF format? Just click here. (Right-click + “save as” to save it to your computer.)

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