The 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season has officially begun (Way to kick things off with a bang, Michigan!), and in the coming weeks and months, thousands of dedicated Komen 3-Day walkers and crew members will be checking and double-checking to make sure they’re all ready to go. To make your 3-Day® prep as smooth as possible, we (and the internet) are pleased to share five important links you can follow to get you out the door with 100% confidence.
Packing It In – Need a handy checklist to tick off and make sure you’ve got everything that you’ll need for your 3-Day adventure? We have detailed packing lists at The3Day.org/packing to make sure you and your luggage are ready to roll.
Hack-tastic – We all can appreciate a good short-cut here and there, and the 3-Day blog has two handy lists of 3-Day “hacks.” These tips and trick with make your 3-Day camping and walking a little easier.
Take a Peek – We’ve published an “Insider’s Peek” for each the first five 3-Day events. (Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego, yours are coming soon!) These give 3-Dayers a little glimpse at what to expect from their 3-Day route. This insider information will help as you ramp up your training in the weeks before you walk so there are no surprises when you get out to Day 1.
Get Social – Do you keep tabs on the 3-Day on social media? Be sure to follow and friend us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the 3-Day blog to get real-time updates and posts from each 3-Day event. Not on one of these sites? Signing up is free and easy for all of them!
You Call, We Answer! – If you have any burning questions, concerns, issues or even a last-minute panic attack, and you feel like the internet is just too impersonal, pick up the phone and call the always friendly and helpful 3-Day coaches at 800-996-3DAY.
When you’re out walking long distances—for example, all that training you’re doing to walk 20 miles a day on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®–you want to make sure you’re equipped with whatever you might need along the way. Most Komen 3-Day walkers arm themselves for those long stretches by carrying a waist pack to hold the items they want to keep close by. What you carry in your pack is completely up to you, and chances are the contents will change depending on how far your 3-Day® training walk is taking you.
But to give you some idea of what you might want to include in your waist pack, we asked a few of our 3-Day coaches, who are also walkers, to share what goes in their packs.
Ann, the local events coach for Michigan, takes the minimalist approach to her walking goodies: “I carry a water bottle, my phone, and a couple bucks for fun treats that might show up along the route.”
Jennifer, the participant support coach for Michigan, adds a little bit more to her list of must-haves: “I carry my phone, tissues, Chapstick and sunscreen. I also have mints, because Gatorade mouth is nasty. I’ll carry sunglasses (if they aren’t already on my face), Handi-Wipes, which I use to clean my hands and to wipe my feet at lunch when I change my socks, and of course, extra socks.”
The other 3-Day coaches I asked had more robust lists. Alyssa, my 3-Day social media cohort (who walked her first 3-Day in San Diego last year) shared her list:
Tissues – for a runny nose and runny eyes, which may afflict you at any point
iPhone – fully charged and in airplane mode, of course.
Pink bracelet – because everybody likes to wear pink.
Sunscreen – because reapplication is so important!
Small packet of trail mix – for a heart healthy boost if I’m hungry but have eaten too many grahamwiches
Headband – to keep fly-aways out of my eyes when wind acts up
Fresh pair of socks – because this is the best idea ever. Change into them at lunch and rejoice.
Chapstick – to keep those plump puckers hydrated
Gum – Chewing gum while going up a hill just makes it better.
Large capacity, wide mouth water bottle – so crew can easily fill it with ice and sports drink
3-Day Flair – a badge of pride, and to remember why I’m walking.
Gayla, our Dallas/Fort Worth local events coach, leads or joins training walks throughout the year and has her fanny pack (which she bought in 2005 and has trained with for 10 years) contents down to a science:
2 – 20 oz. water bottles with wide openings for ice
Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel by Monistat (I don’t walk anywhere without this gel. I prefer this over the “stick-style” anti-chafing products.)
Spark energy drink mix
Pen (for autographs, ha!)
Phone charger & plug
Fundraising business cards
Clean, dry socks in a Ziploc bag to swap sweaty socks mid-day
Mints or gum
A little extra room in my pack for all the stuff I seem to collect on the route at the cheer stations.
Seattle participant support coach Paula, who, with 15 events under her belt has walked more times than any other coach, totes quite the impressive array of goodies in her pack:
A copy of my credential with my cell number, so my pack will find its way back to me if I lose it!
My driver’s license/ID and my debit card and/or cash for those must-have 3-Day souvenirs or a Starbucks along the route! (This is in the most secure spot in my pack.)
Hand sanitizer (clips on to my pack)
Pain relief meds (Tylenol/Advil/Aleve)
Chapstick with SPF
Hairbrush, ponytail rubber band
My 3-Day bub
Large trash back to sit on if the ground is wet at lunch
Extra pair of socks in a Ziploc bag (bag will hold dirty socks after lunch)
Blister kit – bandages, moleskin, small scissors
Sticky notes and a permanent marker pen (to jot down names/emails of new friends)
A soft “squeeze” ball (mine is actually pink ribbon shaped) which is great to help circulation in your hands and keeps your fingers from swelling from all that arm swinging! J
Any stickers or items I may want to pass out to people along the route. I have some cool pink ribbon temporary tattoos that are a big hit with kids and adults alike!
For training, it’s all of the above, plus sports drink powder for hydration and snack bars for some carbs.