What to take: Gear List Comments Part Two

by david on April 24, 2013

I almost always bring two pairs of boots.  I don’t know about you, but my feet sweat and I like to let my footwear dry out before I wear them again.  In my opinion, it cuts down on your chance of blisters.  Thoroughly dry boots are always more comfortable as well.  While I am on footwear, the heck with the cotton socks; wool is the only way to go.  Bring two lightweight and two heavyweight pair and you are covered for 95% of all situations.  The last footwear thing I want to mention is a pair of bedroom shoes.  This might sound frivolous, but they are awfully comfortable on a long flight and are worth their weight in gold for keeping my feet off the cold floor when nature calls in the middle of the night.  The only thing I need to say about raingear is it must breathe.  Gore Tex, or one of its clones, is worth every penny you spend on it.  Instead of two sweaters, I prefer one sweater and one vest.  This gives me a little more flexibility in my layering variations.  Toiletries are different for everyone and you know what you need much better than I do.  The only thing I will say here is to travel with a small personal first aid kit (it is the Boy Scout coming out in me).  It does not need to hold a lot, but the items in mine are very important to me.  My kit includes: a few Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, blister pads (I like the Band-Aid brand), the end of a roll of athletic tape (it sticks better than any medical tape ever invented and it breathes), a small hypodermic needle (the flat sharp edge is the best splinter /thorn remover ever), a few aspirin, and, last but not least, a few Imodium tablets.  My kit is lightweight and easy to carry in a backpack or thigh pocket.  It will handle almost anything I run across until I can get back to my outfitters’ larger more complete kit.


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