She’s So Preppy

Hi everyone! I’m starting my hike at Springer Mountain next week. I’m definitely nervous; hiking around melty & muddy Bear Mountain has affirmed that while I feel like I will be able to do this, I have to make sure not to push myself too hard in the beginning.

I have my gear dialed in, and besides a few key items — gas (can’t take on a plane) and my favorite trail lunch, a tortilla-hummus-chips wrap (the THC, if you will*) — I’m fully packed!

Here’s what I’m bringing:


  • Gregory Deva 70
    • Until 2 hours ago, this is not the pack I was using. I had this post all written up and ready to publish until I googled my old pack, the Gregory Wander 70, wondering why it wasn’t on any of the recommended lists. Turns out, it’s a kid’s backpack, which I probably should’ve known considering I got it in 8th grade. Because I wasn’t having any issues with it during training I tried to push away the “I fucked up” feeling and stick with it. But the panic didn’t go away so I schlepped over to the REI in New Jersey (road trip!) to buy a new one.
    • I bought essentially the same backpack in Women’s medium. Really the only difference is that it fits my hips better, but at least now I have peace of mind. Shout out to the REI employee who applied my Member’s discount even though I had already used it on something!
    • I also have a shoulder strap pouch for easy phone access.


  • Gossamer Gear The One
    • Since it’s a trekking pole tent, I also bought their LT5 telescoping poles.
  • Big Agnes sleeping bag
    • This sleeping bag is too popular for its own good. I loaned it to my sister and someone stole it from her! Luckily we were able to track it down.
  • Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme liner
    • My sleeping bag is rated for comfort at 26 degrees. I run cold, so I got a 25-degree liner.
  • Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite sleeping pad
    • I infinitely prefer closed-cell foam to inflatable sleeping pads. I don’t like the air mattress feel or having to deflate them in the morning when you really just want to get going.


  • Altra Lone Peaks
    • I liked them on training hikes, but I’ve never backpacked in trail runners before and I’m interested to see how I feel in them 100 miles in.
  • Crocs!
    • This is actually my first pair of real Crocs because when I was little, my parents got Costco knock-offs. Us Kirkland kids will rule the world one day. I didn’t buy any jibbitz because I have the fashion sense of a nun.




  • Sawyer Squeeze
  • BearVault BV450 bear canister
    • Every time I look at it I inwardly cringe because it’s so bulky. I know they’re not strictly required, but I figured I’d at least start off doing all the recommended things and if it gets to be too much I’ll switch to hanging my food.
  • Beef jerky
    • I only tried it for the first time this past year and I love it! Who knew dried cow would be such a fun snack? I hope I never get tired of it.

I decided to try 4 different brands of dehydrated meals and pick the one I like best. I’m bringing along hydration mixes and am planning to have one regular water bottle for regular water and one for electrolytes.


  • Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes
  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Q-tips
  • Hair ties
  • Microfiber towel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Kula Cloth
  • Pads and tampons
  • Trowel

Writing this made me remember that I need to pack a comb!

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Sterile Pads
  • Leukotape
  • Advil
  • Dayquil/Nyquil
  • Benadryl
  • Imodium
  • Dulcolax
  • Ciplox (general antibiotics)
  • Peptobismol
  • Tums
  • Picardin Insect Repellent (which already leaked. Bug spray always leaks) and mosquito net
    • I’m also going to spray all my clothes with Permethrin before I leave.


  • Garmin InReach Mini
  • 2000 mAh solar portable charger
  • AirPods plus wired headphones just in case
  • Headlamp
  • SoLight Lantern
    • This was recommended to me by a coworker. It’ll be nice to not always use a headlamp, plus it’s cute.
  • Charging cables
  • Extra AAA batteries

I wish I was bringing my Kindle but I think that would get to be too much.


  • Deck of cards
    • My sister got me a pack from the Guinness store (best Christmas ever!).
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Lock
  • Extra lighter
  • Extra Ziplocs and 2 odor-proof LOKSAKs
  • Duct tape
  • Wallet
  • Instruction manuals for my stove and InReach

My next post will be from the trail! See you then!

*I really crack myself up

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Comments 2

  • Shocktop : Mar 23rd

    Unsolicited advice, for what its worth, but I carry some matches for when its too cold for the lighter to work.
    (Really sucked on a frozen morning.)
    Happy trails!

    • Deesha Shah : Mar 23rd

      That’s great advice! Thank you


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