Backpacker Magazine –
The Manual: Plan an Expedition
(Illustration by Supercorn)
Mark Your Calendar
>> Circle trip dates, plus the lead-up period.
Include start/finish dates for tasks like grocery shopping, packing, and training. Highlight deadlines for permit applications, airline or shuttle booking, and holidays that might stop mail on a resupply day.
>> Ship a “bounce box” filled with extra gear to key resupply points.
(Allow 10 days for delivery, or pay for expedited service.) UPS usually works best for remote spots, but you need a ship-to location like an outfitter or motel (call for permission). Or mail it USPS “General Delivery.” Write on the box, “Hold for , to arrive .”
>> Create a trip itinerary, with daily mileages, start/stop points, cruxes, etc.
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