The great outdoors! With technology booming right now and AC versions of everything, we spend less time outside and more time lounging around watching Netflix from the comfort of our beds. Trust me when I say I'm in no way judging you for this. I am a lover of shutting myself inside for a week with a 12 pack box of popcorn and Gilmore Girls streaming 24/7.
Going for a trip should be a relaxing experience, but in order to do that, you have to make sure everything is ready much before the day of! The trip of a lifetime requires good planning before you can have your fun memories. But don't sweat it, just follow these tips and you'll be good to go:
So here we are and all this is becoming superreal. I had a few amazing days in Paris with my sister, had my pre-30th birthday celebrations and today on the 1st of May, I am sitting on a train that takes me to Saint Jean Pied de Port.
With the winter popping its head out, it is that time of year again to dust off the thick coats and comforters. Snow days occur on the regular where I live, making hot coffee and layers an everyday occurrence in my home. Depending on where you live, you might not have cold climates or have ever even seen snow. Therefore, traveling to these places might have you unprepared for just how cold it can get in some regions.
Of course you can't hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter. That would be impossible. But over the years I have hiked many sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter, and some of those for hundreds of miles and months at a time. My favorite of all winter hikes on the PCT is the section from the Mexican border, 250 miles up to the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, and then back to the border. The secret to this hike is that it is mostly through the south-eastern deserts of California which, even in the dead of winter, are relatively snow free. And, if not balmy, at least usually above freezing during the day. Most of the time hiking is in the 3,000 foot elevation range with the only real high altitudes coming around Mount Laguna, (up to 6,000 feet) Combs Peak, (5,000 feet), and the San Jacinto Mountains (between 5,000 and 7,000 feet), which was where I had to turn around and head back south to the border.
There's a lot of pressure when you're packing your bags for long term travel. You don't want to leave anything essential at home and you don't want to have to buy things while you're away. The items on this list may seen like common sense, but sometimes we just don't realise until it's too late that you need these things to avoid any hiccups whilst you travel. Here are my packing essentials that I need to make sure I can rest easy.