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Spending more then 10 months on the road living out of a suitcase means having to become adaptable and realizing that even the best set plans are bound to go out the window. It also means if you can relax and go with the flow, you are in for more of an adventure and you can explore the unexpected. If I’m packing for a 3-day trip to Maui, I know I’m going to be surfing, paddling, trail running and bodysurfing. Here are my tips on key pieces you need to pack to be ready for anything.
1. My sports bra needs to double as swimwear that won’t rip off when I’m swimming into a shorey and decide to go for a quick beach run.
2. Pack a light jacket that is rainproof and can pack up tight and small. There is a wind chill when you are crossing on a catamaran from Maui to Molokai, so the Atmosphere jacket is the ideal layer for me.
3. Your clothes are going to get wet and sandy, so have a bag with a waterproof compartment. You want to be able to have fun and not worry about the repercussions of leaving wet socks to rot in your backpack. Toss a dryer sheet into this compartment to keep your clothes and bag smelling fresh. (You can also put them in your wet shoes after a long day).
4. Don’t forget your deodorant, toothbrush and sunscreen!
5. Pack your own trail mix before you head out so you can stay energized for longer. You never know how long you’ll be out, so make sure you fuel up w a high protein snack. Here is one of my favorites:
· 1/4 cup whole shelled (unpeeled) almonds
· 1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
· 1/4 cup dried cranberries
· 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
· 2 ounce dried apricots, or other dried fruit
· 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
6. Stay hydrated with fresh water.