This trek will be a bit different than The Camino trek, because we’re using a baggage transfer service to transfer our main bags (weight limit of 30 lbs each + additional diaper bag) from accommodation to accommodation. Can you imagine hiking with a 20+ pound toddler AND your weeks worth of stuff? haha. Good luck! It’s a challenge in itself to carry our day provisions and her on my back. She alone weighs more than my pack for the Camino and that was for 40 days.
Nevertheless, I have a strategy and here it is:
Our daily packs: *The strategy for walking is we each (Me and Hubby) walk carrying J for about 10 K (each) and she walks the rest. I can get through about 9K during one of her naps, so this will work out great for the 24K days. We’ll trade off who carries the day rain gear and lunches and divide the water.
-Main pack/Child Carrier: Osprey Poco with rain cover – 5lb and 7 oz (I got the lightest one). (Has stirrups for little one’s feet (nice to keep them from kicking you) and a hydration sleeve (which I store diapers and wipes in/lunch)
-Front pack – Platypus Cross Country – for water/snacks/passport/map/money – wt is 1 lb 7 oz * I didn’t want to put everything on my back, so opting to balance out a little with a front pack has worked during training.
-Warm Jacket – The North Face Down – stores a a little ball (*spouse will be carrying the rain gear during the day
-Rain Shell – Mountain Hardwear
-Water Resistant Hiking Shoes with extra laces – Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid 2GTX (My favorite hiking shoes!)
-Active Sandals / cute shoes for evening (Flip flops – to air out feet – plan to carry so can use them at lunch breaks for blister prevention).
-Merino Wool Travel Outfit/Dress/jacket/scarf – mix and match with everything
- (3) Convertible Hiking Pants – Marmot and MEC
- (1) Hiking Shorts -MEC
-(1) Hiking Leggings – Smart Wool (goes with shorts and dress if needed)
-(3) Hiking Bras
-(5) SmartWool Socks (mid ankle)
-Waterproof Bags/one Ultralite Towel
-First Aid – (After Bite, Polysporin, Band Aids, Sunscreen, Lavender Insect Spray, Blister Treatment, Etc)
-Toiletries (include needle/thread/safety pins/baby fingernail cutters)
-Baggies, TP, Antibacterial Gel for hands, Lip balm, etc
-Guide Book: “Hadrian’s Wall Path” and Waterproof Map
-Bus Schedule/Stamp Passport/Money/Etc
- (4) Hiking Pants – technical shirts - hiking cap (UV protection)/(1) sports outfit (wicks)
-yoga type wear (comfortable) – travel outfit
-(4) Smart wool Hiking Socks
-rain gear/muddy buddy/fleece
-(2) hiking shoes
Diapers/wipes/sticker books/Baby first aid