A Thru-Hikers’ Holiday Gift List
Last year right around this time UPS was at my door about 3 times a week dropping off a wide assortment of thru-hiking / backpacking gear. At that time I thought I needed all sorts of random backpacking items. Little did I know that once I started hiking my gear list would keep on dwindling down and down to eventually it seemed like all I was carrying was my tent, food, and maybe an extra pair of socks.
One day in the middle of New York I sat down and did an inventory of everything that I had in my pack. This list could possibly be the start of a Thru-Hikers holiday wish list. Enjoy and hopefully you find some of these items under the tree on Christmas Day.
ZPacks Duplex Tent w/ 7 stakes (I perpetually always had one broken)
Exped pillow (medium)
Kelty Trekking poles (They made it to Mt. K!)
2 New Balance Running shorts
2 New Balance Running shirts
2-3 Pairs of Darn Tuff socks (in VT, NH, ME we had the 3 o’clock sock change rule implemented)
2 pair of Under Armour underwear
1 Trail Journal
1 pair of Crocs (don’t judge, these also made it to Maine)
North Face puffy
Bear rope (bears hate rope, fact)
Wet wipes (lots of wet wipes) and toilet paper
Cell phone w/ Anker battery charger
Toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contact solution, hand sanitizer
AWOL guide, which was later ditched in exchange for Guthook in NH/ME
That’s all you need, it got me from GA -> ME, plus or minus some other luxury items along the way. Umbrella, books, journals, gloves, pack towel, Marmot hiking pants, muscle roller etc. etc.
So if anyone asks “What do you want for Christmas this year” and your reply is “socks” let them know that you are not kidding. Hikers love socks.
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