Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 28
  1. #1
    Registered User lkaluzi's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-12-2011
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Age
    26
    Posts
    56

    Default Extra Things to throw in Mail Drops?

    Say you have a certain number of mail drops planned and all the food and stuff. What extra stuff do you think would be nice to throw in every once in awhile?
    Ex. Sudoku puzzles, newspapers, etc.

  2. #2
    Punchline RWheeler's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-04-2011
    Location
    Connecticut
    Age
    31
    Posts
    636
    Images
    1

    Default

    Bubble wrap

    *pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*

  3. #3
    Hiker bigcranky's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-22-2002
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Age
    55
    Posts
    7,564
    Images
    296

    Default

    Packs of wipes, travel size toothpaste, a new toothbrush once or twice, travel size Gold Bond (but figure out how to make it odor proof, that smell gets on everything), batteries for your headlamp, a couple of post cards with stamps, Starbucks Via packets if you like coffee, any Rx medications, a paperback book, dental floss, Aqua Mira tablets.

    Sure, you can buy most of this in town, but if you are already sending maildrops anyway, these things are cheaper back home than on the trail, and they don't weigh enough to make a difference in the postage.
    Ken B
    'Big Cranky'
    Our Long Trail journal

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-31-2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Age
    38
    Posts
    4,276
    Images
    17

    Default

    Extra clean up stuff so I can get extra clean on the spot. Heavy luxury food that I can eat on the spot.

  5. #5

    Default

    town clothes, duct tape, lithium batteries, socks, knee brace, nail clippers, double toothpaste cap (drill a hole thru them) to screw two tubes together and fill the smaller one, state hi-way maps, packing tape to put it back together for the next drop, extra guitar strings (hard to find in any town near the trail), ..........
    Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-15-2003
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    3,949

    Default

    Great suggestions so far. I also threw in those hard to find "travel size" toiletries, extra 2L platypus with hose and bite valve, extra alchy stove, and Tyvek ground cloth.

  7. #7
    Registered User swjohnsey's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-13-2010
    Location
    Kingsville, Texas
    Age
    70
    Posts
    2,192

    Default

    Bar of soap. Ever tried to buy one bar of soap?

  8. #8
    Registered User kayak karl's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-21-2007
    Location
    Swedesboro, NJ
    Age
    61
    Posts
    5,333
    Images
    25

    Default

    being from philly, tastykakes and soft pretzels. candy that i didn't find, like good-n-plenty and mike-n-ike. a pair of socks.
    I'm so confused, I'm not sure if I lost my horse or found a rope.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-29-2008
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Florida
    Age
    63
    Posts
    3,605

    Default

    Moon Pies...they are damn hard to find after Harpers Ferry.
    The trouble I have with campfires are the folks that carry a bottle in one hand and a Bible in the other.
    You never know which one is talking.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-15-2004
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Age
    63
    Posts
    363

    Default

    maybe a battery charger for your camera

  11. #11
    PCT, Sheltowee, Pinhoti, LT , BMT, AT, SHT, CDT 560 miles 10-K's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-30-2007
    Location
    Erwin, TN
    Age
    55
    Posts
    8,382

    Default

    One thing is not to underestimate how much stuff you won't need that you think you will. For ex, I put stuff in boxes "just in case" and when I picked up my drops I found myself carrying items I didn't need.

  12. #12
    Punchline RWheeler's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-04-2011
    Location
    Connecticut
    Age
    31
    Posts
    636
    Images
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by WingedMonkey View Post
    Moon Pies...they are damn hard to find after Harpers Ferry.
    That's a bummer, they're amazing. I can find them around where I am, but then again I'm like 40 miles from the trail... so...

  13. #13
    LT '79; AT '73-'14 in sections; Donating Member Kerosene's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Age
    60
    Posts
    5,401
    Images
    558

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RWheeler View Post
    Bubble wrap

    *pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*
    There's an app for that! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubbl...284945681?mt=8
    GA←↕→ME: 1973 to 2014

  14. #14
    AT 4000+, LT, FHT, ALT Blissful's Avatar
    Join Date
    07-14-2005
    Location
    Virginia, 10 miles from the AT near SNP
    Age
    54
    Posts
    10,470
    Journal Entries
    1
    Images
    171

    Default

    I also put in my drops a roll of TP, some baby wipes, and for a lady - some everyday liners. If its time to get my meds, I pack that too, incl a baggie of Tylenol and Vit I.







    Hiking Blog
    AT NOBO and SOBO, LT, FHT, ALT
    Shenandoah NP Ridgerunner, Author, Speaker


  15. #15
    Registered User lkaluzi's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-12-2011
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Age
    26
    Posts
    56

    Default

    Great suggestions guys! Thanks so much

  16. #16
    Registered User lkaluzi's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-12-2011
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Age
    26
    Posts
    56

    Default

    Just thought of one: protein powder to mix into meals

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    10-12-2002
    Location
    Hanover, NH
    Posts
    13,191

    Default

    Several ziplocks of varying sizes always seem to come in handy. Also, I used to take TP rolls that were half or 3/4 gone and save 'em up in a box in my closet......by the time my trip departure time came around, I had enough saved for all my drops, meaning I never had to buy any while en route, and better yet, never had to buy or carry an unneeded entire roll. (Individual kleenex packs in your maildrops accomplishes much the same thing). And if there's a toy or hobby shop in your town, get yourself a bunch of the little bitty ziplocks used for coin or stamp collecting........they're very useful for spices, vitamins, medications, batteries, etc.

  18. #18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    One thing is not to underestimate how much stuff you won't need that you think you will. For ex, I put stuff in boxes "just in case" and when I picked up my drops I found myself carrying items I didn't need.
    So true. At times I found myself leaving 80% of my drop in a hiker box and I didn't even do but a few.

    How many monkey butlers will there be?

    One at first. But he'll train others.

  19. #19
    PCT 2013, most of AT 2011, rest of AT 2014
    Join Date
    11-27-2011
    Location
    Eugene
    Age
    29
    Posts
    775

    Default

    Q-Tips. Feels great to shove one up your ear after 3 or 4 weeks without experiencing that feeling. I don't care if it's bad for my ears.

    Also, a cotton t-shirt, if only to wear around for the few hours or night before you have to send your bounce box onward. Cotton never feels so good as it does when your only other option for months has been the same synthetic t-shirt or base layer.

    Homemade cookies, if you've got someone at home to bake them. Mine always had oatmeal in them and I think that contributed to them staying fresh for longer.
    "Hahk your own hahk." - Ron Haven

    "The world is a book, of which those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine

    http://www.scrubhiker.com/

  20. #20
    PCT 2013, most of AT 2011, rest of AT 2014
    Join Date
    11-27-2011
    Location
    Eugene
    Age
    29
    Posts
    775

    Default

    News or magazine articles were another thing that I always appreciated. I'd pack them out and read through them over the next few nights on the trail, and trash them or put them in the campfire when I was done. A lot of mine were handpicked from The Browser and printed out by my Oregon liaison.
    "Hahk your own hahk." - Ron Haven

    "The world is a book, of which those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine

    http://www.scrubhiker.com/

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •