Traveling Packing List for a Triple Crown Race

Prepare for a thrilling travel experience with these packing suggestions.

Our Triple Crown traveling packing list will help you prepare for your horse race experience.

Each year, trainers, jockeys, and their horses vie for the top spot at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes in the hopes of becoming a Triple Crown winner.

For those of us attending a Triple Crown race, it’s just as much about the fashion and ambiance as it is about the racing itself. These races are unlike any other sporting event and certainly require some extra time planning and packing.

Here are a few must-have items for your experience at horse racing’s most exciting events.

Outfits and accessories

First and foremost, you’ll want to decide on your outfit for race day and, if need be, any pre-race parties or activities. Make sure you have any associated accessories as well — bow tie, shoes, handkerchief, jewelry, etc.

For the ladies, we definitely recommend a fascinator (aka fancy party hat). There aren’t many times in life where you can don taffeta and tulle atop your head, so embrace the occasion and go all in! Make sure to remember hat pins or bobby pins to keep your headpiece securely fastened. Also, check the venue’s website and be aware of any size restrictions on bags that you are allowed to bring into the race venues.  

Comfortable shoes

You may be tempted to get a fancy pair of high heels or new dress shoes to go with your race day dress or suit; just make sure you’re able to break them in before the big day and perhaps consider bringing a backup pair of more comfortable shoes.


Make sure to stop at an ATM before heading to the big race. While most of the concessions and gift shops do take credit cards, it’s a good idea to have some cash for tipping and smaller purchases.

Sunscreen, fan, and rain gear

Depending on where your seats are located, you might be out in the sun for much of the day, so make sure you’re well protected from the elements with sunscreen and even a small pocket fan if it’s a particularly steamy day. On that same note, if there’s even a chance of rain and your seats are uncovered, bring an umbrella or lightweight rain jacket. You’ll be glad you did!

Portable phone charger

On a fun, action-packed day at a Triple Crown race, your phone’s battery charge will likely be gone faster than the first mint julep of the day, so plan accordingly and bring a portable USB phone charger for some extra on-the-go juice.


Lastly, and most importantly, remember your tickets and any pertinent travel information you’ll need to access easily. We recommend keeping a digital copy on your phone and also printing out important items, so you have a physical copy as well. When you travel with Superior, we’ll take care of getting your tickets for you!

If you want to attend a Triple Crown race, let Superior Executive Services be your guide! Our packages include luxury accommodations, VIP access, and world-class entertainment, so you’re guaranteed an unforgettable time.

Contact us today at (608) 665-9070 or send us a message online to get started planning your Triple Crown experience!

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