I’ve lived out of my (and by my, I mean my sister’s) H frame backpack twice and learned valuable lessons about packing with each trip. In 2010 it was for a one month trip to Hawaii. During my Hawaii trip, I learned that make up is unnecessary. To most people, this seems obvious. But, to a citified gal, this may seem unnerving. Turns out I got citified, but didn’t realize it until I was sitting on a farm on the Big Island, embarrassed by the fact that bronzer and mascara were in my toiletry bag. Yes, I brought bronzer to Hawaii. I am now stretching the last of my mascara through the last of our summer weddings and parties and can’t wait to dump it in the garbage before we ship out. In 2011, Zach and I took a week long backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. While schelping the contents of my backpack up and down the mountains, I learned that you don’t need to carry 4 shirts when you can get away with just taking 2 and washing them as needed. I’m catching on.
A. Hiking Boots
B. Flip Flops
C. Bunch of underwear
D. Bandana, bathing suit
E. Sports bras
F. 2 Tshirts, 1 tank top
G. 1 long sleeve, 1 sweatshirt, 1 denim button down that I can’t live without
J. A dress
K. Mesh shorts, Jean shorts, Jeans
N. Sleeping bag
O. Fleece and Rain Shell
P. Kindle, Journal
Q. Spork, Leatherman, headlamp
R. Pack towel, camp stove
*Not pictured: first aid kit, toiletries, slackline, computer, guide book, camera, chargers
The good news is that it all fit in my backpack. Okay, well I didn’t feel like taking the tent out, but Zach and I are going to split it up and I’m pretty sure it will fit. We will also be bringing day packs for shorter jaunts, to be worn front ways like a marsupial baby while we travel to and from the airport.
The bad news is that we have a ton of stuff to put in storage and to ditch. Ebay and Goodwill, prepare thy selves! Friends, come drink the contents of our liquor cabinet!