I try to carry the least amount of stuff possible while I run (electronics notwithstanding). Besides, men’s running clothes tend to have very little pocket space anyway. Here’s what I’ve whittled down into my crash kit, the bare essentials which I carry on every run.
- Hospital Card for use if things really get out of hand. A good substitute for the health card, it contains the needed information, should I ever land in the hospital. It’s not as tragic to lose as a health card.
- Subway token. Taped to said hospital card, so it doesn’t jangle around. Easy to grab with my frozen, numb, inoperative hands when I bail out of the cold, long run.
- Starbucks Card, mini version, with $6 on it. For the extra hot grande sugar-free caramel americano misto, after the cold, long run.
- $5 bill, for the Gatorade or snacks I might need during the cold, long run.
- $20 bill for the taxi cab, in case I’m out of TTC range when I decide to bail from the cold, long run.
- Credit card. Should brunch after the cold, long run exceed $20. Or, for those impulse running shoe purchases.
- Moo mini-cards, since nobody ever carries a pen during runs to jot down contact info.
- Large rubber band to hold everything together. And maybe to fling at runners passing me.
My inline skating crash kit is pretty much the same, only with the addition of a small Ikea-sourced allen wrench for those emergency roadside skate repairs.