Packing for the Pilgrimage


Packing is nearly finished. I’ve been planning this for so long that I have everything I need, I’m just pulling it all together from all corners of the bathroom and closet. But here it is, the comprehensive list of everything I will bring on my pilgrimage for 6 weeks:

Merrell Moab Boot 1 lb. 13 oz.
Eddie Bauer fleece 1 lb.
Icebreaker GT Bike Grace short sleeve 5 oz.
Ibex Woolies 150 Bottom 6.7 oz.
Prana Pants 5 oz.
Kakadu Cape York Hat 5 oz.
TOTAL (lbs) 4.2
Osprey Kestrel 48L pack (straps trimmed) 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Mountain Hardwear Women’s UltraLamina Sleeping Bag 32 1 lb. 15 oz.
Red Ledge Raincoat 1 lb.
Eddie Bauer Down Vest 7 oz.
Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 long sleeve 10 oz.
Icebreaker GT Run short sleeve 4 oz.
Outdoor Research Essence short sleeve 4 oz.
3 x Exofficio Boyshort Underwear 6 oz.
2 x Exofficio Crossover Bra 1.5 oz.
Prana Monarch Pant 6.2 oz.
Ibex Woolies 150 Bottom 6.7 oz.
Smartwool Glove Liner 1.2 oz.
3 x Icebreaker Socks
Exofficio Scarf
Smartwool Sanitas Skirt (luxury item) 6.9 oz.
Asics Sneakers 13 oz.
Sea to Summit Mesh Stuff Sack 9L (luxury item) 1.8 oz.
Sea to Summit 4L Dry Sack 0.9 oz.
Light my Spork 0.4 oz.
Kavu Locksmith Wallet 1.2 oz.
Hidden Travel Wallet 2 oz.
Victorinox Sportsman Pocket Knife 1.8 oz.
3 Liter Camelback Bladder (empty) 6.5 oz.
Liberty Bottleworks 1L bottle (empty) 5 oz.
Buff 2.9 oz.
PackTowl Personal XL 8.5 oz.
Mammut S-Lite Headlamp 1.7 oz.
Sea to Summit Silk Sleeping Bag Liner 5.1 oz.
iPod 3.1 oz.
Nook (luxury item) 7 oz.
Power adapter
Guidebook 4 oz.
Flip and Tumble food/laundry bag 1.8 oz.
Flashing bicycle light
Notebook and pen
Emergency Whistle
Extra Shoe lace
Clothes Pin/Safety pins
4 x Earplugs
Hefty trash bag rainskirt
Needle and thread
Emergency Blanket 1 oz.
Kinesiotape (2 rolls)
First Aid Kit
Toiletry Kit
Sunblock stick .5 oz
face lotion (luxury item) 2 oz.
hand lotion (luxury item) 1 oz.
toothpaste .5 oz.
toothbrush (handle cut off)
Dr. Brommers Soap Bar 5 oz.
nail clippers
extra hair ties
floss (taken out of dispenser)
Pilgrim’s Credential
TOTAL (lbs) 14.8

You may notice that clothing is really a minimal amount of the weight. Most of it is miscellaneous emergency items and toiletries.  And I’ve also added a few extras to help manage the knee issue I’ve been having: a second pair of sneakers to rotate walking in, a whole bunch of kinesiotape (fancy athletic tape) and a 3 oz. tube of homeopathic healing/pain relief cream. I wasn’t planning on bringing the Nook, hoping to be as unplugged as possible, but I’ve booked a 5 hour layover in Portugal and it would be very painful without anything to read. The gaiters are another last minute addition, since it’s been raining in southern France the better part of the last week and I hear reports of snow. I was on the fence about bringing shampoo but now with so many other extras I’ll just make the best of good ol’ Dr. Brommers Magic Soap. I can always buy some conditioner on the way if it gets out of control.

Everything included I’m just under 15 pounds, which is disappointing. I was hoping to keep it to 12, 13 at most (carrying 10% of your body weight is best, but up to 20% is alright). When I add water it’ll be more, but I’m generally pretty happy with what I’ve got overall.

4 comments for “Packing for the Pilgrimage

  1. Linda L. Reynolds
    March 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Nicole: Here’s to fantastic experiences on your pilgrimage! We will live vicariously through your blogs, we truly love your descriptive perspective relating to all matters of your adventures.
    Hi to your mom. Love, Linda and Bob

  2. Robert Reynolds
    March 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Nicole –
    15 lbs! ? Amazing, actually sort of unbelievable! Now I am really feeling old. My frame of reference is way back in the day when we only had natural fibers to choose from, cotton or wool, freeze dried food was a future invention, and when taking off for a few days in Yosemite we tried to keep our then high-tech Kelty packs below 60 lbs. But at least then it was OK to drink from the streams without worry…
    What will you be doing for lunch on the trail? Can you provision at each overnight accommodation?
    Thinking back to your last post, I’m not certain how eco-friendly your tech gear is but I think the trade-off is worth keeping. There is a big difference between a Twinkie and a sleeping bag!
    You go girl!

  3. March 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    This is so exciting Nicole. I’m rooting for you. I’ve got a great photo of your and your gear if you want to use it. I feel like I’m going along with you now that I’m subscribed. And I’m nervous about the 15 pounds. Like how do you live with just a few pounds of clothes? Can’t wait to hear.

  4. Holly
    March 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Good Luck my dear, looks and sounds like you’re ready!!! I’ll be keeping track of you! 🙂

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