Originally Posted by viator
Could you provide some more information? Are you hiking the Appalachian Trail? If not, what route will you be taking? Will you be walking along the sides of various back roads? What will you be eating? Where will you be sleeping?
And why are you all planning to wear the same things?
Frankly, it would seem to me you'd be best served by cargo shorts (due to the pockets) with a nylon webbed belt, polo shirts (they have a collar, are more absorbent) or tshirts made from tech fabric that can be easily washed and dry quickly, and proper hiking boots.
Not hiking the appalacian trail—we're planning routes on surface streets, not quite back roads. AAA maps aren't that great for figuring that out, so we're struggling with this, and again, any help on that front would be really appreciated.
We will bus between some spots, such as from Durham to Charlotte. We know people or know people who know people in a bunch of these major cities, and will stay with them, and in smaller towns, we will stay at motels where our AAA memberships and ISIC cards can get us discounts. Eating depends where we are; we've traveled before together, but not like this, and made due on sandwiches and beef jerky, and the occasional splurge on a meal, so some variation of that.
We dont plan on wearing the same thing—we've always just worn the same thing by accident, and tend to wear similar outfits, so shopping together is just convenient. Hate cargo shorts, and much prefer t shirts to polo shirts, and we have a lot of synthetic running and wicking shirts from XC running days, so we'll be switching between that. When I was in Israel and in the desert, I used my XC running shoes, which I suppose will also be fine here. I guess we also don't know what to bring in terms of equipment, as we've never gone on more than a day hike without going back to a car.
BEFORE ANYONE SAYS THIS, I will go ahead and say it first—we do things on impulse, and in ways that are poorly thought out. It's what we do. So of course we are unprepared, and this is certainly the farthest ahead of time that we've thought about a plan of ours.