Monday, December 14, 2009
The Packing List
I've been doing some research online about what to pack. I found the following list, among others:
Backpack (3,000 to 5,000 cubic inches) Ordered online
Sleeping bag (rated to 20 to 50F) Ordered online...layered with a lightweight liner and outer shell will be good to 20...it is a very rare day in Houston that even gets below freezing.
Sleeping pad I have two: an ultra lightweight 1 inch foam pad, and a self-inflating pad that doesn't weigh much more. I'll try both and see which I like best.
Two-person tent/tarp Ordered online
Eating and Drinking:
2 one-liter water bottles Or one bladder that holds 1.5 liters? They sell 3 liter bags, too, but that's a lot of water...
Water purification (filter, iodine, or bleach) I think I want a filter system. The thought of drinking water treated with iodine doesn't thrill me...eeew...
Stove and fuel Have one, but looking for something lighter.
Wind screen (to protect the stove flame, constructed out of aluminum foil) I don't know how to make a windscreen, but I've got foil.
Pot/pan with lid Check.
Waterproof matches and lighter Added to shopping list.
Cup or mug Added to shopping list.
Lightweight bowl and spoon Check.
Multi-tool or utility knife Added to shopping list.
Scraper for cleaning pot Do I really need this?
Trail-running shoes or hiking boots (broken in and waterproofed) Need to do some research on hiking boots.
Sandals and fleece socks or lightweight camp shoes Again...do I really need this? Will a pair of $1.99 flipflops work?
Wool socks Allergic to wool. Not gonna happen.
Sock liners* What are sock liners?
Synthetic long-underwear bottoms and tops I'll skip these. I'll layer my running clothes like I do for distance runs.
Synthetic shorts or convertible pants Check.
Underwear Don't wear 'em with my running clothes. They just get damp and stay damp. Smelly and uncomfortable. Most runners and bikers I know don't wear them. (TMI?)
Synthetic/wicking t-shirt Check.
Rain/wind jacket and pants Both are added to my shopping list.
Wool or fleece jacket (or vest if warmer) My running long sleeve shirts / jackets are very warm. Under Armour rocks!
Wool or fleece hat* Check.
Wool/fleece gloves or mittens* Check.
Gaiters* What are gaiters?
Directions, trail map, or guidebook If I can't find a map online, I'll visit the information center before the hike.
Toilet paper in Ziploc bag I wouldn't have thought of the Ziploc bag. Good idea! If I get the biodegradable kind I don't have to pack it out, right?
Plastic potty trowel Added to shopping list. What does poison ivy look like again? I've never had it in spite of spending lots of time in the woods so people tell me I'm probably not allergic. I'd rather not take any chances.
Extra Ziploc/trash bags Check.
Lip balm Check.
Hand sanitizer Check.
Toothbrush and toothpaste Check.
First-aid kit (Band-Aids/bandages, Aspirin, antiseptic wipes, poison ivy treatment such as CORTAID® Treatment Kit, moleskin, tweezers) Check.
Pack rain cover or garbage bag Check.
Bear-bagging cord We don't have bears here, but we do have other critters like raccoons. Do I still need to hang my food? I'll get it and do what the others do.
Trekking poles I think I want one. Added to shopping list.
Sun/rain hat This is not optional.
Sunglasses Neither are these.
Journal and pen Check.
Camera, extra memory cards And batteries. Check.
Ground cloth Check.
Duct tape Check.
Watch I'll wear my GPS watch.
Small strainer (for filtering food particles while cleaning dishes) I'll skip at least for now.
Women: bring a few tampons even if you don't expect to need them; backpacking can do weird things to your cycle. I think most women do this without being told.
Contact lens wearers: bring solution and back-up glasses How about extra lenses? Ok, ok, I'll pack my ugly glasses. Wouldn't want to accidentally crawl into the wrong tent one night...
*Indicates optional/depending on climate and geography