Julie V’s AT Vlog #2: Pre Thru-Hike Q&A

In my latest video, I cover some of the most commonly asked questions about my thru-hike. The questions come from my friends and family, including five questions from my very own mother (#momsofthruhikers) as well as your comments on my 2019 AT gear list video.

I cover a handful of need-to-know AT basics, including:

Food: I discuss how often I plan to resupply in town and which lightweight, high-calorie foods are on my shopping list.

Technology: I show you the portable charger I’m taking with me and discuss the additional outlet plugs I’ll need to keep all batteries charged for vlogging.

Trail logistics: I share my research into health insurance coverage options for unemployed thru-hikers, as well as how loved ones can send packages to hikers on the trail.

Trail traditions: I explain what tramilies are and why they’re so important; how I plan to celebrate Trail Days; and the flavor of ice cream I will likely pick for the half-gallon challenge.

Hygiene on the trail: While I’m not planning on bringing deodorant with me on the trail, I am anticipating an occasional shower and a daily oral hygiene routine.

Gear basics: How many pairs of shoes do I plan to go through, and what am I going to wear? Watch the full video to find out more.

Finally, I talk about the strong women that give me the courage to hike the AT.

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