It May Be Heavy, but It’s a Piece of Home
On the PCT, you meet people from all different walks of life. Different ages, different personalities, from different places, and with different reasons for hiking the trail. Meeting so many unique souls with just one thing in common is one of my favorite aspects of the trail. I asked people I met what they were carrying as a luxury item. By this, I meant, “What do you carry that isn’t necessary for survival, but you feel you need and want?” This has been a fun and interesting way to get to know people of the PCT. Below I listed trail names with their luxury item and why they are carrying it. Surprisingly, no two have been the same. Read on to see what people carry with them from their past, less nomadic life.
“It’s an outlet to use whenever I need it. Where I came from I was really unhappy. It allows me to have space to be really honest with myself to either hold onto a memory or let go.”
Stevo the Cheeso: Converse as Hiking Shoes
Blueberry: Coffee Cup
“I really enjoy the ritual of morning coffee. It lets me bring a piece of home on the trail. Also I’m a slave to caffeine.”
Puff: Birkenstocks as Camp Shoes
“They are the comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned. I know they’re heavy and don’t dry but I love them.”
Angel Baby: Hair Oil
“It makes my hair soft. When I didn’t have it the hotel shampoos made my hair so dry and frizzy I couldn’t even braid it.”
McGiver: Two Notebooks
Buffalo: Six bottles of lotion
The Worst and Harg’d: Our huge tent
Nova: 30-pack of earplugs
Hard Time: Friday Hawaiian shirt
Avatar: toy llama named Shlauma
Toes: small horseshoe
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