It’s time to pack.
My goal: One bag.
It’s the heart of the wet season in Northern California and the temperature will range from 40 - 60 degrees. For an ectomorph like me, these temperatures can still feel pretty chilly when it’s so humid.
My rule of thumb is to bring just enough so that if I wear everything on the coldest day, I’m still toasty. I wash my clothes when I take my daily shower. (I use a waterproof bag for soaking and rinsing.)
Here’s a list of what I’m taking on retreat. It all fits in one carryon bag.
Hiking boots. Waterproof, for hiking in rain and mud.
Crocs. Light, comfy slip-ons.
4 pair of Thorlo hiking socks and 3 pair of liners. (An indulgence, as socks are such a pain to hand-launder and can take a long time to dry.)
2 pair quick-drying underwear
1 pair of light-weight long underwear
1 pair of fleece pants
2 pair of nylon, lightweight pants.
1 pair gym shorts
2 pair silk undershirts
2 pair quick-dry undershirts
1 lightweight merino wool zip
1 fleece shirt
Patagonia sweatshirt with hood
Sealskins lightweight waterproof gloves
Outdoor / Adventure
Steripen water purifier
Hiking-sized first aid kit
Small LED flashlight
Two spiral bound notebooks for journaling
As It Is, by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
The Sound of Silence by Ajahn Sumedho
Small Boat, Great Mountain, by Amaro Bikhu
Practicing the Jhanas, by Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen
OralB toothbrush with charger
Neti pot and non-iodized salt
Unscented liquid laundry soap
Waterproof bag for soaking
2 inflatable hangers for drying shirts
Inflatable meditation cushion
Lightweight wool shawl
“Miracle Balls” (Small plastic balls for releasing pressure on the spine)
Heavy weight elastic band (for strength training if I get inspired)
Excedrin migraine pain reliever
Canon G11 camera
LED reading light
Small extension cord