My plan is to spend most of my day away from my car (hiking, staring at rocks), so I need to make sure I have everything with me that I’m going to need to be comfortable. Of course, I want to keep the weight down, so I tried to select lightweight items and only pack the essentials.
1. Day Bag: 22L capacity with a 3L camelbak. Features: roomy interior, zippered top pocket & side pocket, mesh side pocket and bungee straps to hold a jacket. Please pardon the hideous color - it was on sale.
2. Waist belt: lays close to the body in front for easy access to cell phone (photos) and Ipod.
3. Lightweight folding chair: While hiking, I periodically like to stop and stare at nature for a while. This chair allows me to do that without getting all dirty on the ground. The chair is a Helinox Sunset Chair: 3.5 lbs, 18” long - it packs up small, but it has a high back so I can rest my head back (even at my 6’ height). It’s crazy expensive ($159), but I consider it a lifetime investment - I’ll use it tons at home in Austin.
4. Mini tripod: for time-lapse sunrise and sunset videos.
5. Selfie stick: don’t judge me.
6. Umbrella: lightweight sun shade if I can’t find a tree to sit under.
7. Mini Hand sanitizer
8. Mini bug spray
9. Lip balm
10. Pepper spray: It won't fend off bears, but it may fend off a stray serial killers lurking in the woods.
11. Band-aids: I bought the kind which has antibiotic cream already on them.
12. Blister pads
13. Sun hat
15. Cell phone
16. Portable keyboard: for blogging.
17. Document holder: for postcards, stamps, pens.
18. Swiss Army cutlery set: I thought this was a super cute idea.
19. Plastic baggie: for trash.
20. Reusable grocery bag: folds into itself.
21. Kleenex *not shown
22. Long-sleeved "fishing" shirt: Something to cover my shoulders and arms to prevent sunburn. *not shown