Well, we had to take the customary “gear” shots for our upcoming thru hike of the Appalachian Trail! We thought we would change it up a little and actually give you some information as to WHY we chose to bring what we did. So, here is a breakdown of what we brought, the why behind it, and what we decided to nix after we did our “gear shakedown!”
Our Personal Gear
Thermarest sleeping pad
Trash bag, rubber gloves, and cheapo umbrella – bringing these for extra warmth if need be for when there is a bad rain storm.
Rain fly – gotta have a rain fly.
Bathroom Essentials – These are the bare minimum items we will not live without!
Bear Bag (to hang) and rope
Insect repellent – We have the wipes, spray and lotion. When we run out of one type, we will have the next kind mailed to us. The Sawyer Picaridin is such a great alternative to DEET. I highly recommend this! Please note, all exterior layered gear was treated with water proofing and then Sawyer Permetherin insect repellent, which is especially designed for clothing.
Emergency tool – It is a little whistle, compass, mirror and magnifying glass.
Food – for more details see our blog post “What to Eat on a Thru Hike?”
Short gators – these work really nice to keep debris out of your shoes.
Bear spray – our mode of defense against animals and humans
Our Shared Gear
Kelty TN2 tent – this 2 person tent is a great fit for us! With 2 vestibules it has enough room for what we need and we have room for our dog, Sammy! I also love that you can roll up the front part of the rain fly and star gaze!
JetBoil Stove – we chose to make food where we just need to boil water and since the JetBoil boils water in about a minute, you can’t go wrong! And it packs up with all of the parts inside the container, including the fuel canister.
The A.T. Guide Book – our map for the trip
Small notebook – to jot down notes or important information we want to remember for when we write our book!
Point and Shoot Camera – I chose to bring the Olympus TG Tough camera because it has awesome picture/video quality. I am also bringing a long lens. It took me a long time to find a small camera that had all the capabilities I wanted...I highly recommend this camera!
Podcast gear, external charging power bank and charging cables for our phones.
Roller ball – to roll out our sore feet and muscles.
Half deck of playing cards – we plan to play cribbage…a lot of cribbage!
Compass – it is always important to have a map and compass when out hiking/backpacking
Our phones – how we will stay connected and keep in contact with our families and friends
First Aid Kit – for us and for our dog Sammy
Our Dog, Sammy’s, Gear
¾ length Thermarest foam pad – great to use for his sleeping pad but we can also use it for yoga and a sit pad during the day
Ruffwear Palisades dog pack – we LOVE this pack because it keeps all of his stuff organized and it has a really nice structure so he doesn’t get rub spots.
Ruffwear rain jacket – this is their most rainproff dog jacket and we really like it because it fits Sammy really well and covers a lot of his body to keep him warm and protected during storms.
Fleece jacket (instead of the puffy jacket that is shown) – we bought him a warm jacket to sleep in instead of a sleeping bag since he will be sleeping between us.
BullyMax dog food – super high calorie, high protein dog food
Collapsible bowl – for his food and water
Travel towel – so we can wipe his down before he gets into the tent
Dog Care shock collar – this is a lightweight shock collar that has really good battery life, is light weight, has a micro USB for charging, and has three settings (beep, vibrate and shock). We LOVE this collar for Sammy because it is so easy to use.
Collar with rabies tag and name tag
Ruffwear dog booties and liners – these work awesome and hold up so well.
Paw wax – this is super important because it helps keep his paw pads supple as he hikes.
Tri-care cream - for wounds
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