14 Items Left Behind That Make Thru-Hiking Unique
Hopefully by now you’ve checked out my gear list – much of which probably makes sense. What may be less apparent is everything I’m leaving behind. Therefore, here is a list of 14 frequently used items I won’t be bringing on my journey, followed by their “replacements”.
Replacement: bug spray
Replacement: nature and friends acting the fool
Replacement: logs and rocks
5. King size bed
Replacement: 1 inch thick foam pad
Replacement: rolled up sweater
Replacement: refer back to #1
9. Shower Towel
10. Washing Machine
Replacement: fires, wind, and the sun
12. Bluetooth speaker
Replacement: the golden pipes
Replacement: hiking poles
Replacement: count each step the old fashioned way (joking). My luck is I’d get halfway through and lose track, having to start over. However, fun fact: the entire trail takes approximately 5 million steps to complete. Yet, it only takes 1 step to fall down a wet rock or upset a snake.
I’m looking forward to getting a different perspective by leaving these items behind. The following quote summarizes the idea well,
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
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