Updated: January 2, 2017
The other half is packing it.
We’re going to walk you through how to build the ultimate runner’s pack by laying out the essentials.
Each year we rank the best packs. So, the first step is to choose your pack.
Step 1: Choose your pack
Got your pack picked out?
Here’s the fun part, packing it.
When it comes to packs, we like to use something Bear Grylls calls “Protect. Rescue. Water. Food.”
survival tip: priorities: Protection. Rescue. Water. Food. (or Please Remember Whats First)
— Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) March 30, 2011
Step 2: Add your protection
If you’re going with a running belt, you may want something like the Naked Running Belt that has elastic straps for a lightweight jacket (see picture below). Otherwise, if you go with a backpack you’ll have plenty of room to stash a jacket.
As a runner, your jacket is going to be your main means of protection against the elements. Our favorite is the New Balance Hi Viz.
Step 3: Remember rescue
Cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries are an occupational hazard for runners. And unfortunately most runners will be tempted to skip this step. Don’t.
If you trail run, night run, or do any long distance running, you definitely want some type of first aid kit or supplies. If you’re going with a running belt, you may be limited to just some antiseptic wipes and a couple band-aids. That’ fine.
But if you have room, our favorite kit is the Coleman Mini First Aid Tin.
Step 4: Water, water, water
You’ve got a few options when it comes to water.
- If you go with a hydration belt, simply fill up the bottles that sit on your hips
- If you choose a running belt, consider a handheld running bottle
- Lastly, if you choose a backpack, your options are wide open.
Our pick is the CamelBack Quick Grip Podium Chill because you can adapt it to most situations.
Step 5: Fill up on the right food
Depending on how long your run is, energy is going to be key. You can pack granola bars, cereal, even a quick boost from something like a bag of M&Ms. However, our favorite are energy gels. They’re super light weight, quick to consume while running, and make almost no mess.
In terms of pure energy it’s hard to beat the Clif Shot.
You now have the ultimate running backpack
That was fun right?
If you’re a serious runner, you’ll definitely want to build your own pack by following the steps above.
This is also a really cool guide to build a unique gift for a runner this holiday season 🙂
Either way, as Bear Grylls says, “Please Remember What’s First.”