What to Pack When Trail Running

July 14, 2021 3 min read

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Everything You Need for a Fun and Successful Trail Run

Trail running is one of the best, most well-rounded summer activities. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it connects you to nature, and it’s good for your health.

Another great thing about trail running is that you don’t need to bring a lot of gear. Still, you can amplify your trail run by packing the right items. As a result, you’ll last longer, run harder, enjoy yourself more, and have a great reward at the end. 

Want to transform your trail running experience – and plan a perfect post-run celebration? Read below for our top tips.

Benefits of Trail Running

There are countless benefits associated with running – and the trail is the perfect environment for it! Here’s why we love to run:

  • Running improves your health, fitness, heart, and stamina
  • Trails are rugged, improving your resilience and balance
  • On a trail, you’ll be exposed to exciting wildlife and everything beautiful that nature has to offer
  • Trails offer the right balance of shade and sun, giving you a healthy dose of Vitamin D

How to Prepare For Your Trail Run 

A successful trail run takes a bit of planning – and the right decisions will pay off. Keep these three tips in mind for a safe and enjoyable trail run.

Wear Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Seriously – how many walks or runs have been ruined by pesky mosquitos or the feeling of your skin frying? You love nature, but you also know that nature doesn’t always love you back. Protect your skin and body – and fend off distractions –  by wearing sunscreen and bug spray. 

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Dress Appropriately

You don’t want tight clothing that will pull on you, or too many layers either. Check the forecast, learn about your environment, and pick clothing that allows you to run comfortably and safely.

Know Your Route 

Sometimes, it’s fun to get lost. When you’re running, though, it’s easy to get distracted or caught up with wrong directions. Knowing your route means there’s one less thing to worry about. 

What to Bring With You

It’s time to start packing for the best trail run ever. Here’s what we recommend bringing. 


Staying hydrated is a must. You’ll sweat a lot on your trail run, and drinking water allows you to replenish water in your body. As a result, you’ll be able to fuel your body for a lengthy run. 

Healthy, Energizing Snacks 

Some might think it’s ‘healthier’ to run on an empty belly. Instead of restricting yourself, give your body the fuel it needs to do the job. Protein and carbs can both kick you into gear for a powerful trail run.

Compass and Map or GPS

Being aware of your route is great for a few reasons. If you’re running by yourself, knowing the way can keep you safe and help you if you’re lost. Running with a partner? A GPS can help you find each other should you get separated. Plus, you can use your GPS or a similar app to track your route and see afterwards how far you ran! 

First Aid Gear

Running is a relatively safe and harmless physical activity – but when you considered the rugged, unexpected nature of trail-like environments, you’ll realize that scrapes and cuts are bound to appear. Bring bandages and antibiotics to prevent infections should something happen. 

OPTIONAL: Fitness Tracker

If you use a step-counter or a fitness tracker of any kind, this is your chance to shine.

Set Up a Post-Run Celebration

 After a successful trail run, you deserve a little celebration. After all, it takes a tough runner to actually walk the walk – or should we say, ‘run the run.’ Here’s how you can make it all worth it.

Chill Out on a Hammock

If you have the space for it, bringing a hammock on your trail run is a must. It’s important for your well-being to relax after a run and restore your energy – and trust us on this: hammocks offer the best way to do it. Nothing will let you cool off quite like swinging in a hammock.


Take a Photo 

You deserve a chance to mark the occasion. Take a photo to post to social media – or, keep it to yourself and look back on it whenever you need a bit of motivation for the next run.

Recharge Your Electrolytes

Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Refuel your body with water, food, and plenty of electrolytes.


It’s no secret why trail running is so popular. Next time you trek through a trail, push yourself – and give yourself a great reward when you’re done.

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