Why You Should Send Resupply Boxes
There are a lot of scenarios when it comes to resupply on a long trail, but it’s not just about food and gear.
Create a Vision
Resupply boxes are a little gift to yourself after days or even weeks on the trail. It doesn’t matter what’s in the box, as long as you appreciate getting a little morale booster from yourself. It’s also a physical manifestation of a vision that you have for yourself. Some people create vision boards, this essentially works in the same way.
“She believed she could, so she did.” ~R.S. Grey
Visualize yourself arriving in Kennedy Meadows and picking up your box. You wouldn’t send a box to Stehekin, WA, unless you truly believed that you would make it to the end. As you put these boxes together, you can see yourself at each stop along the way, creating that vision in your mind. When we manifest an image of where we are going, more often than not, that’s where we go. Now, imagine yourself hiking all the way to Canada and standing alongside the monument. Perfect!
Be Your Own Best Friend
I’m excited to get each resupply box because I’ve been collecting lots of little things that make me happy. You can order priority boxes from the post office and they will drop them off right at your house for free. I have ten boxes sitting in my guest room and I’ve been adding all sorts of my favorite things for the past few months. My favorite candy in this box, my favorite T-shirt in that box, my favorite flavor coffee or lip balm over there in that one. My favorite whiskey in all of them. Each box is unique and has all kinds of the best treasures. There will be some staples in each box, but for the most part my boxes have a ton of variety. My halfway box has new socks and a new bra. A few boxes have my favorite Mountain House meals, which will most likely be too expensive along the trail. I’m pretty much guaranteed to smile every single time I get a box.
Motivation and Mantras
Mantras are a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation and/or a statement repeated frequently. When you’re hiking, there is a really good chance that you are going to get things stuck in your head. My journey on this trail will hopefully be one of peace and intention. To avoid having random things stuck in my head playing over and over, like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Come Inside it’s Fun Inside, I’m planning on having some guided mantras. Each of my resupply boxes will have some suggested mantras, so that I can switch it up along the way.
May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.
Expect nothing and appreciate everything.
Breathe in, I send myself love. Breathing out, I send love to someone else who needs it.
Be a warrior, not a worrier.
Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.
Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.
Die with memories, not dreams.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great.
Choose purpose over perfect.
Don’t give up. Great things take time.
I give myself permission to slow down.
I am enough.
I am powerful.
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