Being involved in the off road community we've heard of the legendary (there words, not mine) Rubicon trail. It's well regarded and important not only to people that have Jeeps but historically as well. I don't want to get too in depth because I'll be covering this in future posts but I bring it up because the trail requires multiple days to traverse it which means we're going camping.
Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular NP's in he United States and no one in our group has ever been there. So, it only made sense for a group of Utahn's to pack up the Jeeps and head out to California but we wanted to make this more than just driving twelve hours to do a rocky, dirt road. No. That would be too easy (we'll see.) We decided to mix sightseeing with our off roading which leads us to figure out how to pack for such a trip so I figured I'd talk it over on the blog.
So how do you pack for a vacation? I think each trip is different and depending on how many people you are traveling with will dictate what you take with you. For instance, if you have a family of four and you plan on taking a week long vacation you're going to have a few suitcases with you. If that family wants to take a day to go snorkeling are you going to pack your own snorkel gear? Probably not if you're jumping on a plane to get to your destination but if you're driving and have some extra space you might (I would because the thought of renting a snorkel makes me gag.) But if this family is planning on spending multiple days at the beach maybe they do stuff their own gear in a suitcase before boarding the plane. They just have to figure out if it's worth the weight and the sacrifice of bag space.
On a trip like Rubisemite we plan to do a pretty equal share of cooking and dining out for eight days. Obviously when we're out on the trail we'll be preparing all three meals a day which I think is great. I really hate spending hard earned money on eating out. It's easy while on vacation and it does afford a break for those that cook for their families but it's expensive while on a trip that's already costing a thousand or so dollars. But I at the same time I like to take in the local dining locations that are unique to a location.
Of course along with our day to day gear (clothes, sleeping gear, food) I also have all of our camera gear to bring along which really robs space. I'm lucky on this trip because not all of us have four people in their rigs. This allows us to share some space so that we can bring everything we need. I would almost leave my clothes home if it meant getting our camera gear in the Jeep. I just have to have it. How else would I be able to bring you guys content? I'm planning on putting out some good videos from this trip to share on YouTube so stay tuned for that. I will change my clothes though, in case you were concerned.
Well I've got some packing to do so I'll stop rambling. I do want to thank my wife for picking up the slack for the last few posts while I've been busy with work. She does well for me. While I'm at it I'll thank all of you who keep coming back and reading our disconnected thoughts each week and I'll invite you to our YouTube channel where we have slowly started to roll out some quick videos while we work on our longer works. Stay safe out there and I'll see you on Friday with a slight change in format. Stay tuned.