10 Essentials: Make A List, Check It Twice!!!
One of the hardest parts of every trip is getting out the door. Well, it shouldn't be. Many times I find myself in a rush and forget to pack something, or pack things I don't really need. The best advice, besides trial and error for this is a checklist. Taking the time to put a quick kit together containing the "10 essentials" is also highly recommended. That way when it's time to grab your gear and go, you have the basics covered. This is something that people just take for granted I think, or put off until the last minute (me). Then again some people just don't have a clue.
I laugh to myself as I think of a certain trip not to long ago, in a wilderness not to far away, where a certain individual decided that a pound of bacon, a sixer of Mountain Dew, and a personal Coleman cooler would be awesome items to have for a two night backpacking trip. The worst part of it is he relied on others to help him carry his beloved items in his cooler on the trail (while he weezed and puffed his cigarettes down!). I wouldn't have packed it, but I sure would have drank one of those MD's. Ungrateful son of a...
These are things that can be avoided, but they sure do make for good stories. I went on overnight with my friend Loc, and Yeti last weekend. I waited until the last minute to pack for myself and my two dogs. In my amazement the only item I really forgot to grab was my Light My Fire Spork , which was easily fixed by stopping at Taco Bell and grabbing a couple of spoons. Trust me, build yourself a checklist or steal one that is already created. Know your 10 essentials and make sure they are part of every trip you are on, no matter how big or how small. I constantly joke about being the person saying "I was just". I was just going to the store, just going for a run, just going for a quick ride, just going for a small hike...Be prepared!