June 27, 2017
The hardest part of downsizing has not been choosing what to keep and what to get rid of; the most difficult aspect has been trying to figure out what we will need for the next three months on the road.
We’re avid hikers – without giving away too much, I can tell you that we have day hiking planned in at least 4 states in the first two months, plus two five-day hikes – so hiking clothes, raincoats and pants, tent, stove, water filter, sleeping pads and a new down blanket are all musts.
But, we’re not going to be hiking all the time and we have two weddings to attend, so casual clothes as well as some dressier clothes are also being stowed away.
Can’t travel without some tools: hammer, duct tape, flashlight, air compressor, extension cord, etc.
Our first attempt to pack the car with everything we hoped to take with us resulted in a drastic editing – out went all of the oatmeal and peanut butter and other storable foods that I had hoped to bring for our 12-day stay in a rented house. Into a box in the pod went extra pants, jackets, shirts that were “nice to have” instead of “need to have” articles. We still have all those things, but I think we now need to do laundry about once a week instead of every 10 days or so.
Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m a bit of a clothes horse and, while I dress for functionality while hiking in zip-off pants, synthetic t-shirts, wool socks and hiking boots while on the trail; I am not going to wear those clothes while exploring some quaint town or going out to dinner.
In addition, we have guides and maps for at least some of the cities and parks we’ll be exploring. We will be throwing these out after we use them, so the plan is for our car to get a little emptier as we travel – that is so long as I stick to my policy that “we’re not buying anything.”