Triathlon Kit List: Everything You Need for Race Day

Race day is coming quickly. You’ve kept your diet in check, training has become a part of life and you’ve barely seen your family. It’s going to be an important day, but there is a lot to remember.


You need to bring a lot of items along with you on the big day.

A triathlon kit list provides you with a robust list of items needed to make your race a success. Don’t underestimate the number of items you need – I, unfortunately, did during my first race.

So, what do you need to bring along for the race?

We’re going to break down the items needed into three unique categories that are easy to follow and can be printed out and checked off on your big day.


TransitionThere are a few items you’ll need during the bike portion. These items may seem obvious, but I’ve seen people forget their bike (seriously). The items you’ll need include:

  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Shoes
  • Tool kit (sockets, ratchets, multi-tool)
  • Floor pump for the tires
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Water bottle


Runners need to pack light, so there isn’t much to bring but yourself. Remember to wear the appropriate clothing and bring the following items along:

  • Running shoes
  • Visor
  • Belt


Swimmers are a lot like runners in that they don’t have a lot of items to bring with them during the race. There are a few items that should be brought along for the big day:

  • Swimsuit
  • Wetsuit
  • Goggles (tinted and normal)
  • Towel
  • Swim cap

And these are the basic items that are a necessity when racing. There is a lot of prep work needed on the big day. You’ll need to be diligent, and forgetting just one item along the way will slow your progress.

If you’re serious about winning, you need to be prepared.

Preparing on the Day of the Race

What you do during the day of the race is very important. You can’t sit back and take a back seat to the event. It’s time to change your ways because waking up an hour before the race starts is a recipe for disaster.

There are a lot of to-dos that can help make your day a success, starting with the time you wake up:

  • Wake up 3 – 4 hours before the race and eat a light breakfast
  • Limit water intake two hours before the race to limit bathroom breaks
  • Plan to get to the race early to secure a spot
  • Go over the checklists above before you leave the house
  • Arrive at the race and organize your gear appropriately
  • Put on any gear as needed

If your’e competing with friends, make sure they’re up and ready to go well before the race starts. The goal is to get everyone on the same schedule and to prepare to be at the event at the same time. If your friends live on the way to the event, offer to pick them up so that you can ensure everyone gets there on time.

The final thing to remember is to have fun.

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