packing list

It is 8 am and I’m somewhere between Santa Fe and Denver. Today will be a rest day for me because I am feeling exhausted and my back is aching. One of the most important aspects of training is listening when my body tells me to stop!
Since there will be no workout logged today, I’m making a list (another favorite traveling pastime)
Running shoes – They are almost always on my feet because they take up the most space if packed.
Water bottle (Earthlust, 13oz) – I like to have water with me at all times and hate buying bottled water. I generally end up gulping whatever is in the bottle before security, then refilling it before boarding. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to maintain good health on dry airplanes.
Barley green (Nikken jade greenzymes travel packs) and Tea bags (jasmine green tea) – The health benefits to both are numerous. I’ve recently added a travel mug to my tea stash so I don’t have to use to-go cups anymore.
Inflatable travel pillow – I stash Earplugs and a tea bag in the case for each flight. Noise cancelling headphones and an eye mask are essential for red-eyes.
Sunglasses, Running hat (or stocking cap), Sunscreen – Even on cloudy days, the rays can damage skin. My polarized shades are necessary to reduce strain so I can focus on all those little black notes come rehearsal time.
YMCA membership card and Combination lock – I love my gym membership and frequently use the “away” privledges.
Workout clothes (and swimsuit) – I pack layerable items of thin, wicking fabric, which are not only small to pack but dry quickly after hand washing. I try to get a sense of the workout conditions before arriving somewhere… outdoor temp, hotel gym facilities or neighborhood, nearby YMCA, etc.
Watch or Armband for iPhone – Sometimes I travel with my heartrate monitor strap but often just the watch. The other option is bringing along my phone for music and GPS. One cool free app I’ve found is MapMyRun. It’s tends to work best in less crowded areas and will show distance, speed and route.

This seems like way more than necessary and I don’t consider it “traveling light”. That said, I packed for 10 days with temperatures from 30-70 degrees. It all fit with my music stand, performance gowns and regular clothes in my carry-on suitcase!