Care Packages

Sometimes the best things in life is the love others share with you.

That being said, many lovely people have mentioned sending me things on the trail. As many of you may know, I am a very independent person and try not to ask for things from others. However, I know full well how great it is to make someone’s day. I’ve been working hard on letting my stubbornness go and embracing it.  So here it is: If you would like to share some love my way here is my little list of possible joy.

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Option 1: If you would like to send things directly to me on the trail, please contact me at: pct.sunbeam@gmail.com and we can figure out the best way for this to happen.

Option 2: Send things to my very awesome, amazing, thru hiking friend, Lisa.  She will be putting together my resupply boxes and including in them anything you might send below.

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Please be mindful that I travel by foot. As the old saying goes “every ounce counts.” Keeping things small in weight and size helps me travel farther faster.

What To Send:

Happy Thoughts and Good Vibes:  It works I swear!

Letters and notes of encouragement, its a long journey… this will be especially welcomed as the trip progresses. Sometimes just knowing people are rooting for me, helps power me up the next climb.  (As silly as it may seem I hold a small stack of these types of letters with me on each new adventure. Sometimes it is all I need to get through a tough day.) *Emails and comments will also rock my socks. 😉

Art/Drawings/PhotosSee above.

Food Ideas:

  • Foil pouches of chicken (smaller weight options are key)
  • Packages of pepperoni or summer sausage like meats. (things that are small but fill the need for protein.
  • Mountain House Meals : These are a real treat, but expensive.  (dinners preferably, with meat is even better!) *Things to avoid: Seafood/fish, spicy items, meals that are easily made on the trail such as oatmeal and macaroni and cheese.
  • Backpackers Pantry Meals: These are a real treat, but expensive.  (dinners preferably, with meat is even better!) *Things to avoid: Seafood/fish, spicy items, meals that are easily made on the trail such as oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, and pasta dishes.
  • Oregon Chai Powder Packets: Some people drink coffee, I drink this silly sugary goodness. Seriously, I am an addict… 😉
  • Whoopie Pies: (it’s a New England thing;-))  You know what I had when I summited Katahdin when I thru-hiked the AT? — The meal of a champion: a whoopee pie and hot chocolate!  YES!  It works. I swear.
  • Candy Bars/Snacks: Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat Bars, Skittles, Pretzel M&M’s, basically any fun snacks. Higher Calories are awesome… Oh, the joys of hiking! *My AT snack packin’ days are not behind me 😉
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast: Vanilla is best, as I use it instead of milk for cereal for added calories.

Non-Food items:

  • Wet Wipes (travel size): It’s a bath in a very small package. Woowoo!

Money:

  • While normally I would consider myself “to proud” for such a suggestion, I understand that people do what they want to.   If this is something you would like to do, please know that the money will go towards gear repair or replacement, eating cheeseburgers in town, and the task of getting to Canada.
  • The best way to do this is to get in contact with me and we can figure it out through paypal.

Things NOT to send:

  •  Books: sadly as much as I love to read, books weigh too much. 😦  While I might get an Audible account later on, right now I will hope that all my winter reading will suffice for the next few months.
  • Tuna/Seafood/Soy/Spicy things: I just can’t eat these things. “I’m from the Midwest.” He he he.
  • Rocks/Dirt/Mud: These are all things I will have plenty of on the trail.
  • Heavy Things! I must say it again, it’s me and my little backpack. I love getting good things in the mail, but I am not a fan of carrying more weight than I need to.

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Thank you so much for following my journey, let alone thinking of sending me something. Your support is more than enough.

Thank You!

-Sunbeam

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