I decided that I was going to find my travelin boots this weekend, and I finally did! After much deliberation, and finger blisters from pulling on laces for hours, I ended up with a pair of Vasque Mantra. They're considered a multisport shoe, but it's a hiking boot. I'm very picky when it comes to shoes, and it's taken me a while to give up my pair of Columbias. I fitted them with a pair of green Superfeet to add support and to keep my foot from slipping towards the toe. My theory on any kind of shoe is that the 'insole' of any shoe is meant to be thrown away. They pick some shape that will fit most feet. So, I try to have some kind of personalized insert in every shoe I wear, especially shoes for running and hiking. If only they had such thing for heels! Anyhow,I hope these Vasque boots work. I'll keep everyone updated as time goes by. Since I got them at Adventure 16, a great store with a lot of really knowledgeable staff, I have 90 days to bring them back. I hope I don't have to. While at A16 we picked up some packing cubes by Eagle Creek. They are made from a super light weight parachute like material. We'll have a couple in each of our backpacks to hold our clothes. The plan is to roll our clothes nice and tight and keep them organized in the packing cubes. Probably one for socks, one for underwear, one for shirts and pants, and a couple of extras for accumulated items.
I also acquired a pajama/underwear top made by Exofficio. The plan is to have clothing items that are breathable and easy to wash. Exofficio has great products. Seth has a bunch of their shirts that will probably be taken on the trip. The pants I bought are Exofficio. They're lightweight and fit nicely, like regular pants. I bought them in black to look nicer,but hopefully they won't absorb too much heat. But, back to the pajama/underwear top, I'm going to make sure I mention ladies 'unmentionables' throughout my blogging, because when trying to research what women have liked most while traveling, I find my resources are quite limited. This said, I bought the pajama/underwear top and I'll tell you how I like it as I use it. And once I get a bra and/or underwear I'll probably tell you about those as well. It may sound silly, but it's something important that I can't find much info for. So there!