Your Complete Tough Mudder Dopp Kit

Designed by British Special Forces, the Tough Mudder has been called “The Toughest Event on the Planet.” In fact, United States Marine Corps participants say it’s just as hard, if not more difficult, than basic training. The grueling course includes crawling under barbed wire, wading through mud pits, and an obstacle known as the “Arctic Enema.” Never one to back down from a challenge, Birchbox Man had to scope it out. In addition to sending a team of brave souls through the course in Englishtown, NJ, this weekend, we’ll be greeting participants with a fully stocked clean up station. Getting ready for the challenge, or dreaming big about the day you might take it on? To prep, you’ll need to do more than run, train and work out—you’ll also need the proper protection and supplies. Here’s a quick primer on everything need to stay classy while trudging through twelve miles of mud.

The Final Countdown

It may sound counterintuitive, but prior to the challenge we recommend getting clean with some mud of your own. Technically it's mud, but BORGHESE'S Fango Active Mud Bar Soap isn’t like the stuff you’ll be trekking through. This soap, sourced from Tuscany, cleans impurities and restores hydration and softness to your skin. Fight mud with mud.

The Slog

You'll spend much of the race covered in wet earth, but you should still protect yourself from the sun while you’re out on the course. No block withstands the elements—and you will be exposed to them all—than Kiehl’s Cross Terrain UV Pro SPF 50. This all-conditions unscented protection is wax-based to make it water, sweat, and wind resistant. In addition to SPF 50, it has squalane oil, derived from olives, to help it absorb into your skin fast.

Après Muck

Once the challenge is over, your grooming work has just begun. First, the low hanging fruit: before collapsing into the arms of your loved ones, grab some Herban Essentials Towelettes. They’ll work as a quick fix for your hands and face to get you clean without searching for a shower. Once you locate a pressure hose, you'll need a good scrub for super deep clean. Break out the Anthony Logistics for Men® Facial Scrub, which uses grains of sand from Bora Bora to get deep into your pores to clean out all that embedded dirt. Next up: (MALIN+GOETZ) peppermint body scrub. A mix of bamboo and pumice extracts give this scrub its exfoliating power, while a dose of moisturizing glycerin softens skin. Plus, it’s formulated with 1.5 percent peppermint extract to leave skin feeling refreshed and clean.

With these supplies, we guarantee you'll be the one guy who doesn't discover a patch of crusted mud on the back of his knee 3 days after the challenge. Not only have you successfully completed one of the toughest events on earth, you went in looking and feeling good, and came out looking like nothing ever happened. We say go sign up for the next one.

—Andrew Vazzano

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