Among among our friends and family, the number one topic of discussion as we prepare is about gear.
As mentioned in an earlier post, we have a single Jandd 30 liter pack that was Wendy’s triathlon bag when she competed (it held bike gloves, helmet, glasses, swim gear, etc):
We also acquired a dry sack of the same size due to the amount of sweat that seeped through the backpack during practice walks. This dry sack, also 30 liters, has its own shoulder straps if you wanted to use it alone and came with a phone dry case.
In those two side pouches we stored a pair of headlamps in case of very early morning departures before sunrise, two high intensity mini flashlights for navigating our way around different rooms every night, a camping-style clothes-drying line for the room at night, sporks for dining al fresco during the long days in between towns, zip-loc bags of several sizes, a single painting tarp ($3 from the hardware store) in case of getting caught in a major downpour with no shelter, and other small gubbins. In the main pack is a windbreaker each as our foul weather piece, bathroom kits, and a single change of clothes each. The bottom unzips so we can store or ‘evening’ non-trail shoes there. Speaking of shoes, we went with the Merrell Moab 2 WTP. The WTP is for waterproof. I wore a Moab 2 WTP on my left foot and a standard Moab 2 on my right foot and walked around the store. Two totally different shoes, the WTP feeling much fuller and more stable to me.
Wendy will be carrying a Camelbak of water every morning when we head out, and that has a few pockets in it to hold snacks for the frequent picnics.