Triathlon Checklist: What Do I Need For Race Day

We have enough to contend with on race day let alone worrying about what kit you need to pack, or have I got everything.  That’s why we have pulled together the ultimate Triathlon Checklist: What Do I Need For Race Day.


Check your kit

Before you pack, a few weeks out you need to make sure you have tested all the existing kit you have, or if you are new to triathlon test all that new triathlon kit you have purchased, the golden rule is “do not” use anything new on race day.  It is everything from Swimming Goggles to Nutrition, last thing you want is leaking goggles or an upset tummy on the run because those last-minute gels you bought did not sit well in your stomach.

While you have time check the items on the list and you’ll have plenty of time to replace anything that is broken or doesn’t fit.


An often overlooked check before race day is the condition of your bike, if it’s been locked in a turbo training for your event or if it’s a race only bike that’s not been used for a while get it checked over.  You have spent months training for an A race and probably a lot of money, don’t let your race down by skimping on a bike service. Not only will you have no worries about the bike, it will also save you watts by being in perfect working order.

Triathlon Checklist: What Do I Need For Race Day

A decent transition bag to put all of this in will help, but even a blue Ikea bag will do, remember you need to carry it into transition with your bike (helmets on)

Swimming Checklist


  • Towel – Transition Towel brightly coloured lay your kit on
  • Tri Suit or race gear
  • Wetsuit
  • Goggles
  • Second pair of goggles
  • Swim cap
  • lubricant for chafing (Neck and arms)

Cycling Checklist


  • Bike
  • Race wheels
  • Spares (Tubes, tyres)
  • Bike tools (Alan keys etc)
  • Bike pump
  • Bottles
  • Bento Box for nutrition
  • Cycle shoes
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike computer
  • Elastic bands
  • Socks
  • Warm clothing if cold/wet (Arm warmers, light jacket)

Running Checklist


  • Trainers
  • Elastic laces
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or visor

Other Items


  • Race belt
  • Toilet Roll (Always, Always take your own)
  • Nutrition (Gels etc)
  • Water (Bring a bottle of water so you can top up your bike bottles)
  • Sun cream
  • Snack, if the race start is delayed you can keep on top of nutrition (Fog, storm)
Make sure you lay your kit out as you would in transition, make sure Di2 and electronic gears are charged, any GPS devices are charged and HR straps have new batteries.
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Stuart Hall