Futzing around for supplies can cost you precious minutes during a race. Futz no more! Victory Sportdesign makes drop bags with detachable Velcro dividers, labeled pockets, insulated bottle holders and more. I use the Bear II, and I can tell you that it absolutely helps reduce time (and stress) at aid stations. The bag is water resistant, has glow-in-the-dark zippers, and includes a top flap window for your race number or personal identification. The only con is that it doesn’t pack into my carry-on when flying to events. The Bear III, with improved storage and magnetic snaps instead of Velcro, is due this year. $85 (Bear II); victorysportdesign.com

Author: Shalini Kovach is a regular contributor to Terrain magazine