Well hey there! Thanks for asking ;) On my back right now I am sporting a 40 L REI Co-op women's pack, which was an adventure in itself getting it! I found out that not only is my torso so small that carrying anything larger makes it look like a "monkey humping a football," but also according to the legendary B-Man (who has hiked the Appalachian Trail not once, not three times, but twice!), when you are traveling, you will often want to look towards the sky for various reasons, and your head should not be restricted by a looming backpack. Regardless, I found that this pack fit me the best and I'm excited to travel with it!
So let's get to it -- The Contents:
•5 synthetic short sleeved shirts
•3 pairs of basketball shorts
•2 pairs of leggings
•2 micro fiber towels
•Shoes (flip flops, ankle shoes, and wearing hiking boots!)
•Rain jacket & rain cover for backpack
•Silk bed liner
•Many pairs of socks
•7 pairs of synthetic underwear & 3 sports bras
•3 casual dresses, 1 pair of jean shorts, 2 summer shirts( will be traveling after the Peacewalk)
•2 3.0 oz of sunscreen
•2 nalgenes on the outside of pack
•Camera & extra power pack
•First Aid Kit
•Print out of all my travel documents
•Some trail mix (yummers!)
My biggest regret is not bringing my Ukulele with me. Last summer, when I traversed around Iceland with one of my roommates, it certainly brought up morale when we were sitting on the side of the road waiting to be picked up as hitchhikers (never had to wait more than 30 minutes though!). I also realize with everything I do, I enjoy it substantially more with music--the song as I am writing this post is "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli (in honor of my best friend Ki who inspired this post!).
But I digress. I was originally worried I should have gotten a bigger pack, but after walking around Boston a little bit before heading to Vienna, I felt much more free and lightweight, which I hope will serve me well on the walk! That said, I have one more day until it begins--holy dang!