When I return to Jacksonville from Puerto Rico, 3:00PM on Sunday, I have 41 hours to finish packing my life away and organize my gear for my new life. 41 hours until my next flight leaves. Everything I still own fits inside a 6×12 cargo trailer, stored at my sister’s house. Everything else fits in my backpack.
The panicked flop-sweat is beginning to set in. There’s so much to do and so little time to get it all done! Post Office. REI. Grocery store. Learn to use my new camera (I should’ve shipped it to Puerto Rico!). Make sure my other three mail drops are ready to go so my support team only has to mail them out. But I know I can do this.
It’s amazing how little you truly need to be content.
Here’s my gear list:
Pack: Osprey Aether 60
Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1
Kelty 25* down sleeping bag
Thermarest Neoair Xlite sleeping pad
Katadyn Hiker water filter
Osprey 2.5L water bladder
16-oz water bottle
MSR Pocket Rocket stove
Titanium cook set and utensils
Leki titanium hiking poles
Extra shorts, t-shirt, underwear, socks
Fleece pullover and pants
Marmot Precip jacket and pants
Camera & tiny tripod
Electronics kit (battery, camera battery, charging cables, etc.)
First aid kit
Big Agnes Tent light – I really hope these are all they’re cracked up to be. I did not buy the mtnGLO version of my tent, but if I like these, come replacement time I will definitely consider that option.
This is the first time I’ve ever taken electronics on the trail. I’ve always said they have no place in the wild. But now, I need to manage my affairs remotely, so I suppose they are essential. Maybe I’ll make peace with technology out there.
My next check in will be from Atlanta! It’s all finally coming together!