PCT - CARE PACKAGES?

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Hi Friends!

Many of you have asked about Care Packages! First, THANK YOU! If you’re thinking about sending us a package, want to send us a package, or just have a unique interest in the postal system, this post is for you. Here, we’ll cover the following:

  1. WHERE TO SEND A CARE PACKAGE

  2. HOW TO SEND A CARE PACKAGE

  3. WHAT TO SEND IN A CARE PACKAGE

  4. WHAT NOT TO SEND IN A CARE PACKAGE


WHERE TO SEND A CARE PACKAGE

Things change on the PCT constantly. Timelines and plans go out the window in an instant. So instead of providing a full list for the entire PCT, I’m going to be updating addresses as we go. We’ll start with the DESERT.


OPTION 1:

Warner Springs (Mile 110)

**If you’re sending a package here, it must be sent prior to 20 MARCH, 2019

Sarah Herman

General Delivery

31650 Highway 79

Warner Springs, CA 92086

Please Hold for Thru-Hiker (ETA: 12 April, 2019)


OPTION 2:

Hiker Town (Mile 517)

**IF YOU’RE SENDING A PACKAGE HERE, IT MUST BE SENT PRIOR TO 24 APRIL, 2019

Sarah Herman

26803 W. Ave. C-15

Lancaster, CA 93536

Please Hold for Thru-Hiker (ETA 15 May, 2019)


An actual picture of resupply boxes waiting in town to be collected. (Photo courtesy of  Zenlightened Voyager ). This is why our boxes need to stand out!

An actual picture of resupply boxes waiting in town to be collected. (Photo courtesy of Zenlightened Voyager). This is why our boxes need to stand out!

HOW TO SEND A CARE PACKAGE

  1. We recommend sending USPS Flat Rate, as it’s the easiest option.

  2. Clearly write my name (Sarah Herman) on ALL SIX SIDES OF THE BOX. Write this as big as you can!

  3. Clearly mark a return address on the box.

  4. Have fun! Decorate the box. Put bright colored tape on it, draw pictures, write notes, etc. - Make it stand out from the crowd!

  5. Make sure the items inside are packaged properly, and are durable enough to withstand the hardships of life on the road.

  6. Please drop a comment on this post to let us know to expect a package, and where. This will help our planning.


WHAT TO SEND IN A CARE PACKAGE

I’ll keep this short and sweet. The answer is FOOD. We’re going to be walking between 10-20+ miles a day for nearly 6 months. This means our caloric intake is going to go through the roof, and we’re going to be eating copious amounts of food (uh, yes please). Food is what we’re after, and what we’ll be buying every single time we’re in town.

“Food. Got it. Well… This is broader than anticipated. What kind of food should I send you?” - I’m so glad you asked. Here’s a list of food items we’re bound to appreciate receiving (take the links with a grain of sea salt, they’re there in case you don’t know what an item is):

Some of the wonderful options at  Trader Joe’s  that we would adore in a care package.

Some of the wonderful options at Trader Joe’s that we would adore in a care package.

This list is certainly not comprehensive, and you’re welcome to deviate from it if you’re feeling extra creative. However, a few things to keep in mind about food:

  1. WEIGHT. Please try to stick to light / medium weight foods. If you want to send us some home made cookies, that’s excellent and we will surely eat them all; just maybe not a whole box filled with them as that could get heavy.

  2. LONGEVITY. Plans change, and although we wouldn’t want to delay opening your fantastic care package, there may be certain situations where we need to bounce your package ahead so we can enjoy it later. Please keep this in mind, and try to include foods that will last a while.

  3. NUTRITIONAL CONTENT. We’re going to try and stay smart about how we’re fueling ourselves. Some granola bars are filled primarily with sugar: aka energy that will burn out quickly and leave us lethargic. If you’re wanting to send us your favorite bar or treat, try to check the nutritional label first and make sure it’s filled with something besides sugar.


WHAT NOT TO SEND IN A CARE PACKAGE

“But guys, food is boring! I want to send you something else. There has to be other things you need out there…right?”

I’m terribly sorry to crush your outside the box energy (pun - always intended), but we’d most appreciate if you stick to sending us food in a care package. But I’ll humor you, and provide a short list of things not to send in a care package:

  • A Puppy

  • A Deck of Cards

  • Shampoo, Conditioner, or Soap (even the mini ones)

  • New Gear

Again, this list is not comprehensive, but essentially anything that we cannot eat, please refrain. If you want to send us a note of encouragement or some cold hard cash in your gift box that is filled with food, that’s awesome. Do that. But the reason why we’re sticking tight to food only are for these two reasons:

  1. WEIGHT. Anything you send us, we have to find a spot for in our bags and carry it on our backs. We’ve spent months honing in our gear lists and trimming out anything that’s not crucial. That deck of cards might be fun, but we’ve decided we don’t need one.

  2. LOGISTICS. We may need to refresh one of our pieces of gear, but we won’t know that in advance. We’ll no doubt smell horrible and need a small shampoo when we get to town, but maybe we’ll be able to get one for free in a hiker box.

Food is a constant. We will always need food, we will always consume food, and we will always love receiving food.


Feel free to drop a comment with any questions! & Once again, THANK YOU ALL for your support in every way.

-Sarah (& Jess) // Uphill Adventure