Well, I am roughly 2.5 months away from my start day and it still seems forever away. I mean, it’s still about a quarter of a year away, right? Then I realize all of the things I need to do before I leave (i.e. buy every piece of gear).

I know you are all probably thinking ‘what? no gear purchases yet?!’ but it’s been a busy couple of months. I’ve started a new job – a completely different job at that, moved to a whole different part of the state (I don’t want to see a single packing box for a very, long time), hosted Thanksgiving, and traveled to spend time with friends and family.

The fast-approaching Christmas holiday will bring lots of traveling and craziness but it will also bring some time to spend with the family and my pup.

I did, however, have a very productive day at REI, yesterday. I purchased a pair of Altra Lone Peaks which I am very excited to try out. I decided on a jacket, sleeping pad, and pillow. Yes, I’m bringing a pillow because I’m a brat and can’t sleep without one.

Side Note: I also purchased my tent a few weeks ago – Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2. Love it!

Yesterday’s trip consisted of a fair amount of time spent trying on packs and being that this REI store was on the smaller side they didn’t have the biggest selection of packs. I tried on what I believe to be the most popular women’s pack, the Osprey Aura. I was not sold. I tried on the Deuter ACT Lite and nope still not sold. The only Gregory pack they had was the Deva 70 which is too big for what I want, but I absolutely loved it! That being said, next weekend I will be taking a trip to a bigger REI up in north Jersey to try on more of a selection of the Gregory packs and hopefully that’ll be something I can check off my list.

Gear that I’m still unsure about:
Water purification and storage
*So please offer any suggestions!

Check back for a gear update!

T-minus 77 days! Fingers crossed for a light winter in the snow department.

Fun Fact: I rented a pack from my university’s outdoor recreation center and it turned out to be an 80L pack! Insane..


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Comments 2

  • Ruth Nasrullah : Nov 28th

    I’m kind of the opposite – I’ve gotten every piece of gear imaginable but have yet to use it all in the real world.

    I just got the same tent and it looks great in my guest room!

    Which REI are you going to in NJ? A couple months ago I went to the one in East Hanover. They had kajillions of jackets, so I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding something in that department.

  • Bosch : Nov 29th

    You may want to try Campmor as well in Paramus. Not open on Sundays.


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