I officially have all of the stuff. The clothes, toiletries and other gear below will be my only possessions for six weeks starting Sunday. While it’s probably actually more than I’ll need, these are the items I feel like I have to have to be prepared for my trip.
A few of the items are extra special to me. I nearly started crying the moment when I saw my backpack on the hanging on the wall in the Arcteryx outlet a few months ago. Not only was the pack a smaller version of my favorite backpacking pack that I took up Mt. Rainier, but the name on the pack is Kea. This is the same name, same spelling, as one of my family’s beloved border collies. Last Fall I had probably the worst experience of my life – an experience that still haunts me today. Going for a typical ATV ride through the family woods in Idaho, just as I do every time I go home, our three dogs followed me running through the woods just as they always do. Before I knew it, I was watching our neighbor dogs viciously attack my “Little Miss” aka Kea on our property. Though we tried to get her help, her wounds were too deep and my parents and I could only watch her suffer and pass away. They say the Camino takes care of you. I know on this trip, my Kea will be taking care of me.
I also have the scallop shell that my friend and coworker Jenn brought back from her own Camino last year. The knowledge of her experience she’s shared with me has helped me to be better prepared and that much much excited for my journey.
While I was home this past weekend, my mom packed up some ginger leaves and a photo of my “puppies” for me to take along. I also picked up a rock from Idaho to leave at Cruz de Ferro. My friend Melinda sent me a wonderful Pilgrim’s journal so I can write down thoughts along the way.
Now for the list:
- Arcteryx 37 liter backpack
- Backpack rain cover
- Brooks Ghost 8 trail runner shoes – goretex
- Flip flops
- Black Diamond trekking poles
- Camelbak water bottle
- Platypus foldable water bottle
- Cocoon sleeping bag liner
- Expander sleeping bag liner
- Lightweight blow up pillow
- REI rain jacket
- Quick dry hoodie
- Fleece vest
- 2 pairs of exercise pants
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 skirt
- 3 pairs of Darn Tough wool socks
- 1 pair of liner socks
- 2 quick dry shirts
- 1 quick dry long sleeve shirt
- 1 tank top
- Ball cap
- Lightweight poncho
- 3-4 pairs of undies
- Backpacking towel
- Toiletries including mini shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
- Fingernail clippers
- First aid kit including band-aids, moleskin and compeed
- Advil, Advil PM, Vitamins
- Mini toilet paper roll
- Two needles with thread
- Two safety pins
- Extra chapstick
- Mini sunscreen
- Battery charger for iPhone
- Charging cables for iPhone, Fitbit and battery charger
- International plug-ins
- Camino guidebook
- Pilgrim’s Journal
- Dry bag for valuables in the shower
- Carabiners to hang things from backpack
- Lightweight purse with passport, cards and euros
- Mini roll of duct tape
- Clothes pins for drying clothes
- Two packages of Jelly Belly Sport Beans
- Scallop shell
I’m guessing some of these items may go before I leave and others will get ditched along the way. But the nice thing is my backpack didn’t feel unbearable when I tried it on with everything in it. However, I’m sure on day one when I’m walking the 24km with 3900+ elevation gain, I may feel like my pack is a dead weight. 🙂
10 thoughts on “The List.”
It occurred to me this morning that reminding you several times Sunday that the luggage tag went on your backpack was certainly unnecessary because you are NOT taking any luggage. Funny how our minds work on past images and eventually bring us to reality—-just a backpack.
WHERE’S YOUR SOUNDERS SCARF?! 😉
Sent from space.
Oh it’s going! 🙂
Are you limiting your photos to your iphone?
Yes, I want to pack as light as possible. I actually love the iPhone for photos – especially with instagram.
Yes I am…trying to pack as light as possible.
I looked at my own shell tonight. Feels SO cool that you are taking the shell I gifted to you!!!!! It’s like a teeny part of me is walking with you, except that you get to do all the hard work. 😉
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If you get bored someday.. I’d love to see in-depth info on some of the items you choose and why/purpose. Also, maybe that scallop shell you’ll carry can stay with your mom (my 2nd favorite teacher) so I can borrow and carry it when I go =)
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Yeah, happy to share what I learn from the trip! My bag is less than 22lbs, but I already fear that will be too heavy.
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