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Backpacking Gear - Vision Collages

Sunday, March 17, 2013

When I decided to start prepping for our upcoming trip on the Appalachian Trail, I allowed myself to dream a little bit.......



Now mind you, the clothes featured here aren't all trail-worthy, except for the backpack and rain pants. The thermal shirt is 98% cotton which is a no-no, and those cute little boots from Macy's wouldn't last 5 minutes on a real trail....LOL. They would only be good for glamping, maybe. :)

And while I'm dreaming, who couldn't resist a little bunny companion in their pocket?



As I began to actually make purchases, here was my next collage. I focused on another dream, being able to paint landscapes along the trail with a small art travel kit.



Last night, I put together all my clothing gear so far. This is where practicality meets the fru-fru fancies in my head!



One reality is that I'm a plus-sized woman that finds it difficult to find women's hiking clothes that fit well, so you will see here that some items are actually men's hiking pants, etc. They are convertible zip-offs, so I have the option of pants or shorts. As far as undergarments, I picked out a sports bra and also Hanes microfiber panties. I plan to get another comfortable microfiber bra so I won't always feel "smooshed"...ladies I think you'll understand. Sometimes I'll be sleeping in these, so they have to be comfy. I was researching the best underwear to take....yes, this can be a TMI, but really you must consider all aspects. I read a thread by hikers on their favorite choices. An inexpensive alternative to traveling/hiking underwear (which can cost 20-30 dollars a PAIR) is to wear microfiber panties...simple brands like Hanes, etc. Well, I read two or three pages of glowing reviews only to discover that all these hikers were MEN! LOL!
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I guess there are some macho, outdoorsy guys out there who want to save a little dough and buy women's underwear. Once my eyes were opened, I realized the reviews I was reading on actual sites of purchase were often written by men. Wow, I will never assume anything again concerning that subject!

Ok, moving on......
Everything I wear has to be synthetic and quick dry. There's a saying on the trail that "cotton kills." Cotton takes too long to dry, and by that time hypothermia can set in. I've got a good selection of rain gear, sturdy hiking boots (also men's because I have big feet!), trekking poles, and an awesome backpack with "Breezeway" technology (which equals less sweat from carrying a 40+ lb. load on my back!). My water bottle is part practical, part talisman, as I love bluebirds and hope to see some on the trail.

This list doesn't include all the food and other supplies and equipment we will be using...mainly just what I'll be wearing or carrying for a variety of situations. It's fun to make the collages and mix and match. My hubby called them my virtual Polly Pocket...lol! Well, off for a "hike" in the city to break in my boots. Happy Trails!

You can see more details about my collages here on Polyvore:
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/27/2013 4:02PM

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SMARTIN77 3/17/2013 5:29PM

    MissG~ We have been sharing a house with my bro-in-law for a little over a year now. It's been a great arrangement, but now it's time for something new. After our trip (well actually during our trip) we will be deciding our next move....whether we want to remain in our current city and perhaps get an apartment on our own, or whether we want to move somewhere out of state. I have a couple places in mind, but we will have time to decide the best course of action. It's all part of the adventure!

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MISSG180 3/17/2013 5:02PM

    Your plans are really coming together! Is someone watching your house while you're gone?

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