1. Read the message boards from all cities. Folks have had all kinds of questions and many good replies.
2. Two weeks before the event, train your body to get up by 4 or 5am. Prior to my D.C. crew event, I got up at 5am, went to the gym, and got to work by 8:30am. During the event my team got up by 4am. Training my body help a great deal.
3. BEFORE and during the event, drink and pee, drink and pee, drink and pee, drink and pee, drink and pee (water/Gatorade that is).
4. SUPPLY LIST: I compiled these items from great folks of passed posts:
WAIST PACK EACH DAY
-1 pair of Sock: change at lunch time. Place in plastic bag
-Pens & small notepad
-Water / Gatorade bottle / gum / Life Savers
-COPY of driver’s license)
-COPY of Health insurance waiver – print it from www.the3day.org
-$50 cash and credit card(s), if desired
-Sunscreen & lip balm
-Bandanas (dunk in cold water & then place on head/neck)
-Rain poncho / large trash bag: 2 for a $1 at dollar store
-Special snacks for medical or dietary needs
-Small First Aid kit (see “First Aid section” for personal use on the route)
-Baby-wipes for hand washing along the route (kitchen drawer)
-Travel tissues; Purell Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
-Small, Ziploc bags to hold ice if you need for sore body or lunch
-Antiblister aids: Blister kit (i.e., moleskin, tape, scissors, New Skin, Band-Aid blister band-aids, etc.)
-Antacid and pain reliever
-Bandages, gauze and tape
-Insect repellent / Mosquito sonic device to keep bugs away.
-Aleve / Tylenol
-2 or 3 Plastic sheets or tarp (10’x10’ (keeps tent, gear, & tent floor dry in case of rain)
-Rope (NO BUNGEE CORDS ALLOWED)
-Sleeping bag, air mattress (Target store: about $49) or exercise pad, & pillow/dog bone
-HEADlamp w/strap to hang as a chandelier in tent for handsfree in the tent & potties
-10 Clothespins (to secure plastic) OR binder clips
-NO TOWELS NOR WASHCLOTH. Get $10 towel service on DAY ZERO.
-2 extra hefty garbage bags & twist ties (put in zip lock bag)
30” DUFFEL BAG. Strap your sleeping bag to the outside of the duffel:
-CREW GEAR: Work gloves, Back support, Pocket knife
-Clothing: Pack each day in a 1 or 2 gallon zip lock bag (K-mart, Smart & Final, WalMart)
-T-shirts and shorts (Day 0: we’ll receive 2 t-shirts).
-1 white T-shirt (received in mail)
-2 Crew T-shirts (received at Day 0 registration)
-1 extra T-shirts
-Sweat pants / comfortable pants
-Warm fleece or sweater / Sleepwear
-5 Underwear & 3 sports bras
-2 pairs of shoes
-2 pairs of socks per day
-Sweatband, hat, hair bands, hair clip
-Any required prescription medications
-Vaseline and foot powder
TOILETRIES (Trial size containers)
-Toothpaste & toothbrush
-Nail clippers / tweezers
-Shampoo, conditioner, & soap in a bottle (bars are too messy)
-Razor and small mirror
-Feminine products (6 thin pads) (ok, men can ignore this!)
-Tent flag, marker, banner, light stick to identify your tent
-Battery operated alarm clock or watch
-Camera and film (write name and Tent #)
-Chamois towel or camping towel or “shammy”. (The kind you would use to dry a car after washing it).
-Extra Zip lock bags (put inside a zip lock bag)
TIP 1. LABEL: Put a name/tent # label inside each of your stuffed baggies.
TIP 2. SLEEPWEAR and label: Should be the last thing you put into your luggage before zipping up. This helped a great deal before turning in at night so I didn’t have to fumble though my things to find it.
TIP 3. I brought a washcloth to the event, and after I got home and unpacked, I found the washcloth to smell of mildew. The next time I will not bring one. I received 2 fresh towels each day. You can use one or part of it as a wash cloth.
AMAZING! These are all the items I brought to my 3day MINUS a sleeping bag. When I got home, I reflected and realized that I did not miss anything. The heaviest item were my sneakers and my entire bag weighed apprx 20pounds. (Tent & Gear Crew will love you for this)!!!