My favorite packing tip

Written by on August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

Getting out of bed at 5 AM to walk 20 miles isn't easy. Brooke offers this simple packing tip to cut down on your morning chores.

I received my event materials packet in the mail the other day and started to get really excited. I can't believe the Challenge Walk is right around the corner! It's time to start planning the logistics: Who's driving? Who's bringing what? What am I going to wear?!

It's time to start packing. My favorite tip is to pack two-gallon Ziploc bags. When the MS Challenge Walk staff roll through the camps with their bullhorn at 5:30 AM, it's easy to roll out of bed and grab a bag. In the bag I have an entire outfit, ready to go! No thinking, searching, or unpacking required. I also make sure my change-of-clothes bag is refreshed and packed each night before bed (a new addition to my lunch bag last year was sandals to help air my feet out during lunch). Again, no thinking required — just grab it and go!

So thank you to whomever came up with that genius idea of using the large baggies. It really does help. The morning can be hectic and groggy, and this tip really helps to ensure a flawless transition from bed to trail!

Brooke is a member of the Blister Buddies and walks with her mom, Patty Thorpe. Brooke lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband and three daughters and is looking forward to her sixth Challenge Walk in 2010.

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christa LeProhon says:

    Don't forget a skirt hanger, the kind with clips. These are very useful in the camp showers where there are very few places to hang/hold your things as you shower. I bring a gallon-size zip lock bag to the shower too, to throw anything in there I don't want getting wet, then use the clip on the hanger to keep it off the floor.

  2. Amy says:

    If not a hanger with clips a large towel to run back to your cabin. I said hello to many who were dressed the same as me going to and from the showers.