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Countdown to Westward Ho!



Jeremy and I have been planning a South-then-West road trip for nearly three months. We’ve each saved up a humble sum of money, quit our jobs and started organizing our belongings for departure. It is incredibly hard to leave behind Butterbirds and my favorite friends from home again, especially when I’m beginning to feel connected and creative here in Pittsburgh, but alas, it’s adventure time. I’m looking forward to posting my way Southwest as our travels continue.

A great way to start planning for a trip is to make a list! I love love love making lists: To- (and Honey-) Do lists, grocery lists, book lists, etc., so naturally, we made a packing list for our trip.

Without further hubbub, here is our working packing list, organized by category. It is very lengthy and intense, but keep in mind that some items like Swiss army knives, handkerchiefs and Dr. Bronner’s soaps are multipurpose and can function as many items simultaneously.

*A little tip Jeremy discovered through web research: Driving over the Rockies may pop items such as chip bags, cans and toothpaste tubes. (Crazy, right?) So don’t forget to bag them to eliminate potentially nasty spillage :p

Camping:
tent and/or hammock
tarp
sleeping bag
sleeping pad
headrest/pillow
folding chairs
hammer
shovel
bear mace
Cooking:
water bottles
food
thermos
sponges
wet naps
stove & fuel
mess kit
can opener
charcoal
dish pan & detergent
dish rags/pot scrubber
Chuck Box/Kitchen Kit:
spices (you can’t go wrong with the three C’s: cinnamon, chili pepper & cumin)
oils
pot holders/handkerchief
towels/napkins
tongs/spatula
aluminum foil
utensils (knives!)
plates & bowls
cutting board
corkscrew
First Aid:

personal meds
bandages, tape & gauze
elastic wrap
antiseptic cream
burn ointment
suntan lotion
hydrogen peroxide
scissors & tweezers
eyewash
sanitary napkins
snake bite kit
Personal Hygiene:


toothbrush, paste & floss
wash rags & towels

shampoo & soap
brush
nail clippers
q-tips
talcum/baby powder
razors
cotton balls
tp
hand sanitizer
pads & tampons
condoms
ear plugs
chapstick

Clothes:

t-shirts

coat

shorts

scarves

jeans

socks

shoes & boots

hat/cap

sweatshirt

rain poncho

underwear

swim suit

laundry bag, Woolite

long underwear
For the Car:
jumper cables
tape/tape deck
spare tire
cigarette lighter-to-AC adapter
AAA card
maps
windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze & motor oil
spare cash
chargers (phone, GPS, laptop, etc.)
flashlight
batteries
license, registration & insurance
glasses
sunglasses
ipod
laptop
Miscellaneous:
binoculars
bird guide
bug spray
candles
deck of cards/games
rope
compass
duct tape
frisbee
pen & paper
shower bag
tool kit
water filters
whistle
plastic bags
umbrella
books
wooden matches
chip clips

Did we miss anything? :)



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