Having spent the last 4 hours preparing, weighing and packing my pack still feels like I’ve thrown in an extra few rocks just for fun!
*edit – oops, I had an previous clothes weight in from round 1 packing, removed 500g (4th t-shirt, extra fleece and happy socks)
- My sleeping bag is FAR to heavy at 2kg it is bulkiest, heaviest item
- My rucksack itself is surprisingly heavy
- Expected temperature at night means I need warm clothes, down jackets and layers which adds a lot to my clothes weight – I hate to be cold
- No electricity for charging along the way means I’m packing 2 power banks which are heavy but I can’t survive 10 days without my kindle, camera, phone.
- I can’t figure out a way to make sunscreen, insect repellent and my dental hygiene weigh less
- I’m trying out some new options for knee pain so have duplicates and extras in my first aid kit I wouldn’t usually have
Base gear – Rucksack, sleeping bag, roll mat, pillow, tent
First aid kit – Pain killers, anti-inflammatory, blister care, antiseptic, bandage, diamox, ORS
Wash kit – Dental care for braces, soap, shampoo, sunscreen, insect repellent, moisturizer
Personal essentials – kindle, phone, camera, chargers, cables, headphones, passport, money, keys and stuff stuff
Food snacks – Dried fruit, sweets
Clothes – 4 undies, 1 bra, 3 t-shirts, 1 long sleeved shirt, 1 base layer, 1 trousers, 1 camp trousers, 4 socks, fleece jumper, down jacket, wind buff, gloves, waterproof jacket, towel.
At least the snacks and wash kit will get lighter along the way and I’m sure I’ll be wearing more of the clothes so wont have to carry their weight on my back.
I’m also packing an extra bag for clean clothes, which I’ll leave in the city, so I don’t get thrown of the flight home for being stinky after hiking for 10 days in the same clothes!
I can also cheat if everything gets too hard and throw my bag on a mule…or get on a mule myself, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.