Not even a kilometre into the trail we find ourselves gasping away...who the @#$% put rocks in my bag?!?! Why does this thing weight so much? It has got to be the pack that is the issue, not the “one or two” extra chocolates we ate over the holidays. Right?!?!?
- One or two pairs of socks. 1 for three days. 2 for 3+ days. Yeah your feet will smell, but trust me, you’re fooling yourself if you think you don’t smell after 2+ days of hiking.
- 2 pairs of underwear. No, we are not asking you to follow the bachelor rule (front, back, inside and right side out). With two pairs you can wash one pair in the stream while wearing the other pair. Alternate as needed. Usually your pack will have loops on the outside where you can fasten the wet pair so they dry. This system worked while Jenna hiked 5 months completing the Appalachian Trail.
- Baby wipes - dried out. No need to carry the water weight. Dry these puppies out before packing them in your bag. When you go to use them simply splash a little bit of water on them and you're good to go!
- Cut off the end of tooth brush. Yeah, it is only an ounce or two but trust us, it adds up!
- Small travelling container of toothpaste. You’re not planning to live in the backcountry. Only take what you need and you can even find toothbrushes where the toothpaste is in the handle.
- Stuff sack for your sleeping bag + clothes = pillow. No need to carry an extra pillow. Place your puffy jacket inside the stuff sack and wrap a buff around it and you’ll be off in la-la land before you can….Oh! Sorry, I fell asleep there for a bit. If you need a little more support, place your hiking pants at the bottom of the make shift pillow with your puffy jacket on top. The pants will provide more support while the puffy jacket gives you the cushion.