I think our beloved spreadsheet started off life as this Packing List, and just grew from there… but the Packing List sheet is still one of the most important.
I moved the list of our gear to an external spreadsheet, which makes updates really easy. It seems to be an ever-growing list of things we use on our hikes. It's also really good for keeping track of what we buy and when.
So each hike we slot in the gear we plan to take and print it out. We've always done a two-step process for our gear as well:
- Collect the gear in the sun room, ticking off the item's list box.
- Once done, everything in the sun room then must be packed, crossing the item's tick
At the end of the process the list should have everything crossed and there should be no items in the sun room, at which point, the packs / bags can be left until we're ready to leave.
Our Heysen Trail Packing List
This hike is a little different, and we've got various boxes and other packs to fill as well, which will do us for the Food Drops and Rubbish Run… and there's also the 'holiday' after the hike in Cape Jervis.
I'm just a little disappointed that my pack crept up to 11.5 kg. It was down in the low 10 kg range for a very long time. We're still thinking about some of the clothes, for example if we'll take shorts as well as pants, or put the shorts into one of the Food Drops part of the way along.
Next TaskGear and Food Drop Collation
where we get everything checked off and packed away.
The Friends of The Heysen Trail have a huge amount of resources available, which we have obviously availed ourselves of quite liberally. I'll be updating this as required…