I remember last year at about this time, I was about to head off on a road trip with lots of hiking and living out of my car, just before leaving home to work at a summer camp, and then moving to a new town immediately after that. The hectic schedule of big changes meant I had to look at my possessions in April, decide what I needed now, what I would need at the summer camp, and what I would need when I moved– and decide which of each I could take with me for any individual section of the summer.
|Trying to get everything I need into a tight package.|
The past few weeks, I’ve been doing the same thing. In a few hours I leave for Hong Kong with Yvonne. Two days after we return to the States, I’ll fly to Wyoming for my NOLS course. I’m not certain how long I’ll be in Wyoming, but when I get back from there, I’ll spend some amount of time back in New England, then fly out to Michigan for my brother’s wedding. Either before or after that, I’ll try to hike the Long Trail. Yvonne and I found someone to sublet our apartment for the entire summer, so I’ll be effectively a vagabond for the summer again.
So how do I pack for this weird, open-ended summer schedule? I guess I just have to wing it.
I loaded my car with my ultralight backpacking gear and trail maps, figuring I won’t use those until I get back from NOLS (I’ll be doing heavy backpacking out there), and gave it to my folks for the summer. Bye bye for now, lightweight hiking gear!
Next, I loaded a suitcase with mostly just clothing for Hong Kong, and a duffel with gear I’ll bring to NOLS. The duffel will stay at Yvonne’s parents’ house while we’re in Hong Kong, so that when I return from Asia, all I have to do is transfer some clothes from the suitcase to the duffel, and fly out to Wyoming (after a two day layover in Boston. Hello jet lag).
If everything works out according to plan, whenever I return from NOLS, I’ll find my way back to my parents’ place, and pick up my car (with the UL backpacking gear). From there, I’ll make some quick preparations to either hike the Long Trail, or do a lot of hiking in the Whites.
I’ll be on the plane soon. See you at the end of the summer! (or maybe earlier…)