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Discussion: FYI - PACKING LIST

in: Fer_Fun'k_Sake!; Fer_Fun'k_Sake! > 2016-08-27

Sep 1, 2016 1:51 AM # 
I may as well capture this as I unpack.

For future reference:

IN PACK, pictured:
- Emergency blanket - this one is bivy-style, breathable. I choose a beefier one so it will contribute more as a part of my sleep system, in case I decide to sleep while out on the course.
- Hand sanitizer - 1oz, 1/4 filled.
- Toilet paper, 3 squares x 5
- Inhaler and chamber
- Anti-chafing cream. Need to transfer this to a smaller container, carry less
- First aid kit - Benedryl, bandaids, ibuprofen, safety pins, alcohol wipes, tiny bit of duct tape, gauze
- Water bladder
- Water treatment, if needed (it was needed for this event) - inline filter (Sawyer mini) and cleaning plunger, scooper (Dog bowl) for shallow water sources
- Whistle
- Sunscreen
- High-power headlamp (Black Diamond Icon) and replacement batteries
- Backup headlamp (Petzl Zipka)
- Backpack with lots of front pockets, approx. 18L (Ultraspire Fastpack, modified)
- Strip of material or bandana - pee rag, to be used if needed for wrapping wound (nice functional combination, aye?)
- Photo-taking apparatus, phone or camera, whatever's allowed
- Puffy coat
- Wind jacket
- Rain jacket, optional depending on forecast
- Gloves

IN PACK, not pictured:
- FOOD. In 4 gallon ziplock bags, to represent 6-hour increments
- Long sleeve shirt
- Chapstick with spf
- Pencil or pen, in case one is missing or broken at control clipboards, if event is using them to track participants (this one did not)
- Waterproof mittens (North Face has very thin, light pair, designed for running), optional depending on forecast
- Rain pants, optional depending on forecast
- GPS watch, if it's worthwhile to record track for duration of battery.

ON BODY (not pictured):
- Running gaiters (stretchy, just goes up above ankle)
- Visor
- Sunglasses
- Thumb compass
- Non-gps watch (Timex) with timer. Timer set to 45-60mins, to remind me to eat.
- Hiking pants
- T-shirt
- Underwear, bra, socks
- Shoes

TOOLS FOR PLANNING, used before event, not carried:
- Highlighters (blue, orange, pink, yellow, purple)
- Scissors
- packaging tape, scotch tape
- pencil
- string marked every mile, at least 10 miles long
- Camera to take a photo of every 10 mile segment
Sep 6, 2016 1:46 AM # 
Thanks for sharing this list - as someone new to rogaining, it was a bit daunting to try and figure out what to bring (and leave behind) for our first race. How did you use the photos of each 10 mile segment?
Sep 8, 2016 3:19 AM # 
During the planning phase this came in handy. The string was only 10 miles long. When we were doing our first pass on our route, we'd lay the string down, and we wouldn't mark it yet because it was just our first pass, and not yet for-sure. The first time, we picked up the string to move it along, and basically erased what we had just come up with. So, we realized we could take a photo of each 10 mile segment before we picked up the string to plan the next 10. Then, once we felt good about our route overall, it's time to re-create the route and mark it in ink. The photos came in handy to remember what we had charted the first go-around, and set it in stone efficiently.

PS - it just occurred to me that a "pencil" could serve an equivalent tool. Need to research this tool.
Sep 8, 2016 3:22 AM # 
I'm glad you found this useful. Going forward, and being more confident about going through the night, I might bypass the beefier items that are beefier for the sake of having a sleep system. I could get by with a more classic emergency blanket and maybe not the puffy, but rather just a wool long-sleeve if I remain on-the-move (but yet still sufficient in case of emergency, needing warmer layers if not moving.) Depends on weather / forecast.
Mar 10, 2019 3:39 PM # 
Wow! The planning part especially sounds very cool with the 10 mile segments. The FastPack is not sold (or at least I couldn't find it). What was the reasoning behind going with the FastPack so that I can look for an acceptable substitute and what were the modifications made to the FastPack?
Mar 11, 2019 6:02 PM # 
Main thing is size and fit. The utraspire fastpack is about 17L in size (pack volume). It's a good size for these kinds of outings.

It had big bottle holders on the sides that I had to cut off because they were in the way of my arm swing. Not a problem because I prefer bladder over bottles anyway.

I also like the fit on my body. Try to find a running pack that feels snug on your body, doesn't bounce.

Ideally, the pack would have great access to pockets in the front, so you can grab some things without taking off your pack. There are packs on the market that are much better in this regard than the utraspire fastpack.

If I were shopping for a new one, I'd probably try to find this 15L Salomon pack:

Ultimate Direction is another popular brand that I have not yet tried.

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