The one thing I worried about the most for this trip was the packing. I spent so much time in the last few weeks thinking about everything we planned to do and what kind of gear I’d need for it all. Our trip isn’t just a chance to tour and travel but also a full-on running trip, in the heat, on trails and road races as well as several nights living amongst an Ethiopian village. 


Making sure I have the right stuff for so many circumstances has been quite the exercise! In the end, this trip isn’t about me anyways, it’s about the people of Kudu. So if I’m missing some clothes I would have liked to have, it doesn’t really matter. 


One of the biggest things I think I’ll learn on this trip is just how much stuff like that doesn’t matter. We are so fortunate to live the lives we do and have the things we have. The perspective is going to be quite impactful. I also have a huge stash of skipping ropes I cam taking for the village children and some other gifts like balls, crafts and games   


Anyhow, so what did I end up packing anyways? Not that everyone goes to Ethiopia but I found it really helpful to read blog posts from others who have travelled there so hopefully sharing mine will help someone else. 

Running Gear

  • Trail shoes
  • Road shoes
  • Hydration vest and handheld
  • Hanadanas/Buffs
  • Visor/hat
  • Running shorts x2
  • Capris
  • Tank tops x4
  • Running socks x6 (wool & regular)
  • Long sleeve top
  • T-shirts x2 
  • Compression socks
  • Light rain jacket
  • Polar GPS watch
Regular Clothes
  • Shorts x2
  • Long skirt
  • Hiking pants
  • Leggings
  • Underwear x10, bras & jammies
  • Scarves
  • Light cardigan sweater
  • Flip flops
  • Nicer sandals
  • Small purse
  • Bathing suit
  • Down coat
  • Gloves
  • Neck warmer
  • Ear warmer
  • Toque
  • Hoodie for daytime jacket
Other Gear
  • Chawel
  • Travel pillow
  • Headlamp & flashlight
  • Ziplock bags
  • DSLR camera/charger
  • Phone/charger
  • iPad/charger
  • Portable chargers and cords
  • Plug adapters
  • Electrolyte drink mix (Skratch)
  • Protein barS
  • Day pack
  • Toiletries, medications, vaccination card, travel documents
  • Laundry soap
  • Sunglasses

I’m sure there are plenty of other things I crammed Into my bags but this is the core if it all. Guess we’ll see how much of it I actually use!


Related Posts


  1. dave at runopedia    

    Wow, that looks like an exciting and life changing trip. I have never liked packing for trips but have never gone on this type of adventure. Have a great time and good luck in the 10k.
    dave at runopedia recently posted…Dave’s Blog: How to Start Running After a Loooooonnnnnng AbsenceMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge