- Make sure you are prepared for eventualities while also not overburdening yourself with too heavy of a pack
- A backpack is preferable to a shoulder bag to distribute your load evenly
Items to consider:
- Packed lunch – The group may or may not decide to stop somewhere where lunch can be purchased; make sure you have adequate food to fuel you.
- Water bottle(s) – 2 liters or more for a full day, especially if it’s hot!
- Snacks and treats – Shareable snacks/treats are great to fuel your walk, and to fuel new friendships.
- Pack of tissues or small roll of toilet paper
- Shoes that are comfortable for long walks – beware of shoes that are brand new and not yet broken in, or too snug as your feet will spread/swell over a long day of walking. Consider waterproof ones just in case!
- Fresh pair of socks
- Seasonably appropriate layered clothing – you may get hot while walking, cold while staying put. Check the weather forecast & be ready for surprises
- Long pants/sleeves for brambles, nettles, poison ivy etc…
- Raingear. Raincoats can be great, and so can rain-pants, but an umbrella can do double duty and provide shade on hot sunny days for on some of those longer paved stretches.
- Medication / first aid supplies – band-aids for scrapes, tape and moleskin for blisters, gold bond friction defense for chafing, anything else that you might need
- Index card with personal info – In-case-of-emergency contact information & allergies or health specifications easily findable in your pocket
- Extra face masks
- Notebook & pens
- Camera (non-phone)
- Smart phone – with map of philadelphia pre-downloaded for wayfinding help, GPS-tracker apps, emergency calls
- Chargers and/or backup batteries for aforementioned devices
- Pre-downloaded digital map of Philadelphia (SEPTA PDF, Google-maps-offline, Google Map of perimeter outline)
- Cash + a credit card + ID
- Compass / flashlight / headlamp
- Hand warmers, a lighter and/or matches
- Two medium sized plastic bags – grocery or kitchen, to keep your feet dry if fording a creek) plus rubber bands or tape to hold them in place
- One larger plastic bag to keep your whole backpack dry if it rains (or to pick up trash along the route)
- Bright scrap of fabric or item of clothing for visibility when walking near traffic
- Trekking poles or walking stick for stability if desired, traction cleats for ice
These are just suggestions. And you might not want to bring *all* of these things as that might lead to too heavy of a pack. Make the choices that are right for you!