I now have 75 of the 90 items in my packing list on the ground, waiting to be shoved into stuff sacks or into my duffel. I get to bring 2 carry-ons (my day-pack is always my purse and additionally I’ll bring a zip tote). Now I’m sorting through 1) items into the day-pack, 2) items into the carry-on tote, and 3) items into the duffel to be checked.
I rarely check items that cannot be replaced. I will wear my hiking boots, and carry an extra day’s clothing. But this time, there is no getting around checking the sleeping bag. I have a connection in Dallas and so I’m crossing my fingers, and praying that my baggage makes it with me on the trip. I’m not worried, because I know there is an Academy Sports on our route. I looked it up on the internet. It is a good reason to have a charged smart phone with you at all times. What’s on my list?
25 articles of clothing
5 Food items
10 Medical items
20 Personal/Toiletry items
30 Items that fall into my Gear (all encompassing) category
It is too much – but I’m car camping and Hotel staying and I won’t have to carry things far. I tend to overpack. Here are the items I deem essential:
Socks – Hiking
Hat – Warm
Sun Shielding hat
Jacket or sweater
Rain Jacket or poncho
Emergency Kit (fire starter, space blanket, whistle, duct tape)
Maps and Travel books
Poop kit (poop bags, paper, trowel, antiseptic wash)
quick dry towel
Pain Reliever (Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil)
Day/Night face lotion
Soap (bar or liquid)
That is just about 40 items. Notice I have day/night face lotion on my essential list – the most terrifying thing for me is a new wrinkle showing up on my face.
Here is my list of Need it, but not essential:
flip flops/shower shoes
Batteries (for flashlight/headlamp)
Comb or Brush
Lotion, Body and hand
And my Fluff:
Bath Towel coverup
Socks, low riders
Sweat Pants/Shirt for around camp
Electrolyte mix for water
A good book you have been meaning to read
Phone Arm Band
Sleeping bag insert – good for those not so clean hotel room sheets
Mirror – 10 x
Its a long list – and there could be more! Kerry, after all, is packing the tent, sleeping mattresses, and the camp kitchen. And all the pet gear. All together that is probably another 100 items.
I am missing a few of my essentials, so I’m off to the store. I was going to skip the rain pants, but the weather is stormy in the regions where we will be hiking. I remember the day Kerry and I realized how important rain pants are. It was over a year ago when we ran into a Texas rain storm (that means big rain drops) during a training hike. We gallantly threw on our rain jackets and kept going. Neither one of us had rain pants in our packs, and we both found out the importance of having rain pants very quickly. Even hiking pants are heavy when they are wet, and very uncomfortable, and very cold. And my waterproof footwear did not keep the water from sliding down my ankle and soaking my socks, and feet. We were miserable in 10 minutes and ran back to the car. Now I carry rain pants as well as a rain jacket.
Happy Packing! My next post will be from the road.