Though the only equipment you really need as a runner is a pair of well-fitting running shoes, there are some personal items that you may want to take with you when you hit the trail, road or track. House keys, money, snacks, a cell phone and water, for example, can all help to keep you safe, fueled and hydrated during your workout. Innovative technology and accessories have made it easy to securely carry supplies on your run without restricting your movement.
Technology has long been incorporated in the development of running shoes, and now, manufacturers are designing apparel with the same mindset. Enhancing the running experience means paying attention to function, fit and design. Of note are the various hidden pockets sewn into running clothing, such as in the waistband of pants and shorts, the center panel on sports bras and the lower back on tank tops. The pockets allow for secure storage of small items like keys, money and a cell phone.
Staying hydrated during your run helps you to maintain strength and endurance. If you would rather not carry a water bottle in your hand, you may try a hydration vest or belt, which are often used during longer runs, marathons, adventure runs and ultra-running events. A hydration vest straps onto your body like a backpack and holds a liquid source that is secured to your back. A tube is threaded from the liquid to near your face, allowing you to easily drink from it as needed. Hydration belts, which are securely strapped around your waist, are designed to hold one to four water bottles. Both types of hydration systems contain various zippered pockets to stash other essentials during your run.
Multipurpose water bottles are designed to hold liquid and stash your stuff. These stainless-steel water canisters -- which usually hold around 12 or 16 ounces of liquid -- have a second compartment on the bottom of the bottle that easily twists on and off. The bottom storage unit is large enough to hold your necessities, such as keys, energy gels, identification cards and money. Water bottle accessories, such as straps and belts, allow you to run without having to hold the bottle in your hand. Instead, the bottle sits in a holder on the strap or belt, which is then slung cross-body or secured around your waist, respectively. Though convenient for holding smaller items, the removable compartment is too small for most of the smartphones on the market today.
Wallets attached to various parts of your body, such as your wrist, upper arm, waist or running shoes, can keep your supplies secure and your hands empty. There are many varieties of body wallets made for athletic activities and most attach to your body with a Velcro strap and provide one or two secure pockets to hold the essentials. The typical wrist, arm and belt wallet are large enough to carry the needed personal items and a cell phone. Running shoe wallets typically only hold the essentials, such as keys and money.