Hello! Yes, you! You with the rolling suitcase, the garment bag, the two pair of shoes for every outfit, and a bathing suit “just in case” … oh, wait, that’s me and my luggage for a typical weekend away. Not this time! I, and all the other 3-Day walkers, are under strict packing instructions and limitations; no need for heels, swimsuits, or little black dresses!
Here’s an idea of what needs to fit in my duffel, which can weigh no more than 35 pounds fully loaded. Oh, and there’s no room for vanity in that luggage – no electric outlets at the campsites means no hair dryers!:
- two pair of walking shoes that I have trained in
- t-shirts, shorts, underwear, sports bra, two pair of socks for each day
- long comfy pants (sweats or flannels)
- waterproof jacket (a true raincoat if the day starts with steady rain; a small light poncho for waist-pack “just in case”)
- warm fleece or sweater
- shower shoes or flip flops
- sleeping bag, air mattress (battery-powered!), and pillow
- plastic sheet or tarp
- flashlight (the small “miner’s” light that wraps around the head with an elastic cord keeps hands free)
- towels and washcloth (I opted to pay $12 for towel service – fresh dry towels every time I need shower)
- basic toiletries – toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush or comb, shampoo, deodorant, moisturizer for face and body, sunscreen, insect repellent
- other necessities – ear plugs (? my tent-mate promises she doesn’t snore, but what about the person in the next tent!?), Advil
- waist-pack with water bottle(s)
And what goes in the waist-pack?:
- i.d./license, money, credit card, insurance card
- sunscreen and lip balm
- rain poncho
- handi-wipes or Purell
I’ll be wearing the waist-pack when I arrive at Opening Ceremonies at (yawn!) 6:00 a.m. on July 24. I’ll also have on my sports watch and hat, perhaps sunglasses, obviously a pair of shoes and … some clothes! When I pack for a trip I have a list for WEAR, a list for PACK, and a list for CARRY (waist pack); the 3-Day will be no exception.
I was given some great advice for packing: put each day’s clothing (underwear to outerwear) in a separate Ziploc bag marked with the day or “evening after shower”. Easy to just grab the individual bag and get dressed, and the clean and dirty clothes stay separate.
All those individual bags go in a kitchen trash bag, as does my sleeping bag and pillow. All these bags will be tucked inside a large industrial-size trash bag, and the whole lot will at last be put into my duffel bag. Yes, there’s a lot of plastic involved, but we want out clothes and supplies to stay dry!
Comments? Questions? If you think I left anything off my list, please let me know!
Thanks to everyone who left messages of encouragement on my post about walking solo. I have great news to share! My former team-mate introduced me to a woman in town who is also walking the 3-Day in Boston; she has walked the event before in another city, so she is experienced and enthusiastic.
We went for a wonderful 10-mile training walk last weekend: Alewife station into Harvard Square, down along the river crossing into Boston, up thru the Comm Ave parks, thru the Public Gardens and Common, past Gov’t Center and Quincy Market … we were heading to the North End for lunch, but got sidetracked by the colorful displays of produce at Haymarket. Grabbed ourselves some strawberries (“Strawberries! Fresh strawberries! Dollah a box!”), blueberries, corn, and cherries, then headed back to the T at Park Street.
It was one of the few not-so-wet days Boston has seen in the past month; we walk at about the same pace, and found plenty to talk about along the way. We decided to sign up as tent-mates for the 3-Day. It was like a blind date and audition rolled into a training walk!