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Race Day Checklist: Be Prepared for Your Triathlon


Whether your next triathlon is local or far away, you certainly want to make sure you bring all your race essentials. Making a checklist is important, not only for organization, but also to outline your race gear and mental preparation. This article will provide a basic checklist for your race items, that you can easily print out and cross-off as you pack. USA Triathlon also has a great race day checklist in an easy PDF format.

Swim Gear

  • Wetsuit
  • Swim cap
  • Spare swim cap
  • Googles
  • Race kit or uniform
  • BodyGlide

Bike Gear

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Bike shoes
  • Bike gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Aero water bottle
  • C02 cartridges
  • Spare tube(s)/clincher
  • Tire pump (floor pump)
  • Chain lube
  • Bar-end plugs (USAT race requirement)
  • Race belt with race number

Run Gear

  • Running shoes
  • Hat or visor
  • Socks

Transition Gear

  • Transition mat or towel(s)
  • Watter bottles
  • Nutrition - gels, energy bars, electrolytes, drinks and/or salt tablet


  • Race numbers and timing chip
  • Timing chip ankle strap
  • Sunscreen
  • Watch
  • Extra clothes
  • Camera
  • Alarm clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Course map
  • Directions to venue
  • Registration confirmation
  • USAT membership card (for applicable races)
  • Photo ID