I hope you have been staying cool with all of these really hot summer months this year. Because of the heat do much of anything outdoors has been pretty brutal. I have been working on more logistics and planning of the trip. Did you know that there were roughly 105 post offices you can send drop boxes to along the Appalachian Trail? That does not include the hostels and outfitter shops that also accept packages.
I am sure by now many of you are asking what a drop box is so let us take a look at what these handly little boxes are. Drop boxes are boxes you fill full of food, gear, or anything that you think you might need or want at a particular pont along the trail. Once they are stuffed full of goddies you have family and friends send them ahead of you on the trail. Many of the locations will hold a package for a Thru-hiker for up to 30 days. When the hiker picks up their package they also might need to send things ahead that they might not need right then but think they will want it in the future. Those boxes are called bounce boxes. They get their nickname because they bounce from post office to post office ahead of the hiker. Hikers can also choose to send stuff back home that might not be needed or wanted anymore. I also plan to send back my memory cards to be archived and backed up at home then returned.
Things you might find in the drop boxes.
- Hikers favorite candies
- Resupply of food rashions.
- Resupply of bandaids and medical supplies
- Hot or cold weather clothing depdning on the season
- Resupply of batteries and camera cards
- Other gear items that might have needed to be replaced.
- Coffee and powdered drinks.
- Did I mention food?
- Guess what more food!
Those are just some of the types of things that I will be boxing up in the next several months into many boxes to be shipped out. I do not have a finalized list of where I will be sending my resupply boxes to but as soon as I know I will get that list to you all.
Stay cool and happy hiking