My Five Favorite Thru-Hiker Items
It’s still early, but one week in, here’s my “For the win!” list:
Lightweight, holds a lot, waterproof, cool color, easy to take into town, great for glasses and your basic ID and sunscreen, etc. Handy to have something separate and removable from your pack side pouches. Also their customer service was excellent—email replies were fast and friendly, and they even sent some free samples of meal packets since they didn’t have the one I tried to order from their site.
Super comfy and warm. Love the iris color. Lightweight and stuffs compactly. So glad they had one for 5’3″ and under. Also superb customer service by phone and email. They were great about exchanging the 20-degree bag I’d purchased initially, since my AT test hike in NY showed me I needed a warmer bag.
I know, I know. For years I prided myself on never owning a single pair. But I promise you these are the best things my feet have ever seen at the end of a long day of hiking. Plus they’re super lightweight, waterproof, and seemingly indestructible.
Norwegian. Fun. Warm. And lightweight. Snaps instead of buttons. Makes me so happy.
5. Arbonne Essentials Greens Balance
Add power to your Nalgene bottle, along with needed vitamins and green nutrition. I put a scoop of the Arbonne greens powder in my bottle every morning, and tried out some other greens packets from Whole Foods as well. I’ve been spreading the word (and samples) to other hikers so much they named me the Jolly Green Giant.
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