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Running a marathon is a big commitment that takes more than just training hard. Packing the right marathon supplies is essential to ensure you're fully prepared. Oars + Alps products are designed with those taking on intense physical activity in mind. This guide outlines the essential items for your marathon packing list, ensuring you have everything you need for race day.

What to Bring to A Marathon

As you prepare for the big day, creating a detailed marathon packing list is crucial to ensure you don’t miss anything important. Besides your running shoes, here are some essentials to include in your marathon kit!

  • Water and Electrolytes: Staying hydrated is key. Carry a water bottle and consider packing electrolyte powders to replenish what you lose from sweat.
  • Energy Snacks: Gels, bars, or even candy can provide that much-needed energy boost.
  • Running Belt or Pack: You’ll want a comfortable way to carry your essentials without weighing you down.
  • Identification and Race Information: Keep your ID and any race documents readily accessible.
  • Portable Charger: For those who rely on their phone for music, a portable charger can be a lifesaver.

At Oars + Alps, we specialize in sunscreen and skincare that make a real difference in comfort, protection, and recovery for marathon runners. With the right products before, during, and after the race, you can stay comfortable, shield your skin from the sun, and minimize chafing and soreness. Let's explore how our targeted solutions support you at every step of your marathon journey.

Before the Race: Get Set Up Right

To begin your race day properly, focus on products that keep you comfortable, protected, and ready to perform. 

  • Face + Scalp Mist with SPF 35: Your face and scalp need protection, too. This mist makes it easy to apply sunscreen to your face, scalp, ears, and neck and is water and sweat-resistant.

  • Anti-Everything Body Powder: Avoid chafing and discomfort with this body powder. It’s perfect for any spots that might rub, helping you stay focused on the race.

  • Aluminum-Free Deodorant Spray: Our spray deodorant keeps you fresh from head to toe. Its upside-down sprayer design means you can reach everywhere you need, easily controlling odor and moisture. 

  • Aluminum-Free Deodorant: Awarded by Men's Health, our deodorant ensures you stay fresh without any sticky feeling or residue. It goes on clear, dries quickly, and won’t stain your shirts, making it an essential addition to your pre-race routine.

During the Race: Keep Moving Smoothly

The right products can make a difference in how you feel during the marathon. All of these products are travel-sized and lightweight making them perfect to carry in your marathon kit along with your phone, gels, and any other essentials you bring. Stay cool, protected, and refreshed with these picks.

  • Cooling + Cleansing Wipes: These are great for a quick wipe-down if you’re sweaty or sticky. They fit easily in a pocket or running belt.

  • Go Stick Clear Sunscreen: This stick offers a clear application, making it great for all skin types without leaving any residue. It’s convenient, mess-free, and sweat-resistant, perfect for reapplication even during the marathon.

  • Travel Size Everyday Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 35: Ideal for runners who prefer a lotion sunscreen. This lightweight, hydrating formula absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, and offers durable protection. Its travel size makes it easy to carry for on-the-go usage.

  • Travel Size Hydrating Antioxidant SPF 50 Spray: For those who want a quick, refreshing spray, this option provides high SPF protection while nourishing the skin with antioxidants. It’s sweat and water-resistant, ensuring your skin stays protected throughout the race.

Pick the sunscreen that works best for you. Whether you prefer a stick, spray, or lotion, having sunscreen on hand is important for ongoing protection.

After the Race: Recover and Refresh

Crossing the finish line is just the beginning of recovery. Help your body bounce back with these after-race essentials.

  • Muscle Recovery Balm: Soothe sore muscles with this clinical-strength muscle and joint recovery balm. The rollerball applicator makes it easy to apply right where you need it.

  • After Sun Cooling Spray: Instantly cool and refresh your skin with our cooling spray. It’s packed with Aloe Vera and Niacinamide to hydrate and reduce inflammation, making it perfect for soothing sun-exposed skin without needing to rub it in.

  • After Sun Cooling Lotion: For those who prefer a lotion over a spray, our cooling lotion offers a lightweight remedy for sun-drenched skin. Infused with Aloe Leaf Juice, Cucumber Extract, and Seaberry Oil, it reduces inflammation and soothes redness and soreness, leaving your skin feeling revitalized.

  • Epsom Salt Bar Soap: Treat yourself to a relaxing shower with this Epsom Salt-infused soap. Epsom Salt is great for sore muscles, and this soap leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

The All-In-One Solution: Matt Wilpers' T3 Kit

For a straightforward approach to your marathon needs, check out the Matt Wilpers' T3 Kit. Matt Wilpers is a renowned endurance fitness coach, Peloton instructor, and triathlete known for his expertise in guiding athletes through rigorous workouts. We have partnered with him to combine some of his favorite essentials for active days.

The Matt Wilpers’ T3 Kit packs many of the marathon supplies you need before, during, and after the race into one convenient set. This marathon kit makes packing and preparation simple so you can focus on your run. The kit includes our Muscle Recovery Balm, Anti-Everything Powder, Epsom Salt Soap Bar, Travel Size SPF 50 Hydrating Antioxidant Spray, and 5 Cooling + Cleansing Wipes.

Ready, Set, Go

When preparing for a marathon, remember the basics: protect your skin, stay clean, and take care of your muscles. With our products, you can tackle the race and your recovery more effectively.

As you gear up for your marathon don't forget these Oars + Alps essentials in your bag. They’re designed with physical activity in mind and help you stay comfortable and perform your best. Check out our collection and make sure you’re ready for race day and beyond.

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