Top 5 “Non-Essential” Items I’m Happy I Brought
- Chocolate & hot chocolate – Chocolate is perfect for “pick me ups” while walking and a nice hot drink is lovely in the morning or evening.
- Hydrocortisone & Vaseline – This one is probably just for me, I have eczema and the cold/not taking care of skin is really not good for it. I ended up getting a rash on my lower back from the pack and I used the hydrocortisone for that and my hands, and my boyfriend got heat rash on his legs and used it too! Vaseline was for the lips since we both had very chapped lips from sun and dehydration and the dust.
- Pair of panties for every day (am I allowed to talk about panties?) – We weren’t going to stop and do laundry and it was really nice to wear something fresh!
- GPS/beacon with messaging service – This was all thanks to Greg, but it was nice to keep our parents up to date on our progress (or lack thereof), we even got a few answers, which was very nice too!
- Waterproof clothing compression sack – First of all, it makes your clothes smaller so yay. Second of all, THIS IS THE BEST CAMPING PILLOW I HAVE EVER USED.
Random Things to Consider
- Sandals that I could properly wear socks with would have been nice (I had thongs)
- Water tablets were so useful!! Last time I used them (15 years ago?) they made the water taste horrible but we had the iodine ones and neutralizing tablets and it tasted perfect and it was much faster
- I didn’t use my hiking pants once, when I was cold I just wore the rain pants over my shorts (way easier to put on/take off over boots!)
|Headlight & extra batteries|
|Pocketknife or all-in-one-tool|
|Fire-making items: lighter, matches, cottonballs|
|Day pack (only because it was part of the pack)|
|Pack rain covers|
|Tent, poles, stakes (groundsheet – we didn’t have one finally)|
|Food (see here)|
|Stove & all accessories & parts|
|Wide-mouth water bottles (this was really helpful for water collection etc)|
|Bowls & mugs|
|Biodegradable liquid soap|
|Compression clothing bag|
|Shirts (long-sleeve and short-sleeve)|
|Toque (we used ours!)|
|Lip sunscreen (didn’t use)|
|Insect repellent (used once on feet only)|
|Toilet paper in plastic|
|Plastic bags (grocery bags, garbage bags)|
|Extra flashlight bulbs|
|Extra pack straps|
|Tent pole repair tube (because it is tiny and came with the tent)|
|Rope (needed to use this stake down tent in a couple areas)|
|FIRST AID KIT|
|Adhesive bandages of various sizes|
|Gauze & bandage|
|Notebook (I kept a brief daily log)|
|Playing cards (what was I thinking?? didn’t use)|
|GPS with SOS beacon & messaging|
|Tripod (Pole Mod)|
|Battery pack for phone|
PS: I’m not a big gear connoisseur but I’d be happy to tell you which brands I use and am happy with if you send me a message/comment 🙂