I made a list of things to bring with me, assuming that I would be traveling on foot along the old highway.
The items are listed in order of importance. The product names in parentheses are examples of my equipment.
In case of a day trip, you may omit unnecessary items as appropriate.
If you have a cash card, you can withdraw cash. If you have money, you can manage most things.
A card that does not charge withdrawal fees at convenience stores is recommended. I use a card from the Labour Bank.
It goes without saying that cash is important.
I make it a rule to replenish 10,000 yen each when I am below 20,000 yen.
Even if you don’t eat food, you can act for a day or so if you have water.
I basically buy 500ml plastic bottles of water to keep myself hydrated.
When I finish the last 500ml, I buy a new one, and on average, I always carry 750ml with me. Water is hard to come by on mountain roads, so you need to be extra careful.
Guidebooks and Maps
Guidebooks and maps are indispensable when walking in unfamiliar places. If you keep them in a plastic cover or case, they won’t get wet even if it rains.
Handy GPS (GARMIN etrec VENTURE HC) + connection cable
Before walking, input your route into the handheld GPS. That way, you can concentrate on the scenery without having to look at a guidebook or map. If you register milestones and other points, you are less likely to miss them.
Also, by keeping a record of your walk, you can identify places where you stopped and ate.
A compass may be used when you are at the top of a mountain to find your way down. A standard compass is the SILVA No. 3 or the SUUNTO A-10.
PC (Panasonic CF-R7CW5NJR) + mouse + power cord
The recording capacity of the handy GPS is about 2 days. Therefore, I need to use my PC to upload route data and download walking records on a daily basis. This PC is very useful for me because it is lightweight at 940g.
Initially, I was planning to use this PC to compile my travelogue on the same day. However, after walking 40km a day, I became sleepy as soon as I arrived at the inn and could not compile it. The physical strength of Ino Tadataka and his team, who traveled while surveying and compiled their work after nightfall, is far beyond my imagination.
Daypack (29L, MILLET ROCHEFORT 29 M08831)
The 29-liter daypack was just the right size for long-distance walking with overnight stays. It weighed about 7kg when fully loaded. For a pack of this weight, the waist belt and chest belt are indispensable. Without them, the pack would be unbalanced and would tire quickly.
If you are exposed to direct sunlight, a hat may be slightly cooler. In case of backlighting, a visor can block the sun.
Umbrella / Raincoat (top)
I wear glasses, so an umbrella is better than a raincoat for wider visibility.
Digital Camera (PowerShot A1100 IS)
I think it is important to have a digital camera that can run on commercially available dry cell batteries. In the unlikely event that the batteries run out, you can obtain them at a convenience store.
Batteries (8 eneloop AA, 4 AAA) + charger
AA batteries are for handheld GPS and digital cameras. AAA batteries are for the flashlight.
Cell phone and charging cord
A cell phone is necessary for contacting your family, making lodging reservations, etc.
The clock is used to time your rest and to check the time until sunset. A GPS or cell phone can be substituted, but a dedicated watch is still a good idea.
First Aid Supplies
An adhesive bandage for blisters and peony licorice (Tsumura) for leg cramps. Also, lip balm is good to have in winter.
Flashlight (ELPA DOP-EN401W), reflective wristband (BS-1251-Y)
The basic rule when walking around is to arrive at the inn in the light. When it gets dark, you can’t see the scenery and it’s not as interesting. Even so, there are times when you have to walk until it gets dark. To avoid getting into a traffic accident, it is a good idea to show yourself to cars with a flashlight or reflective sash.
Ballpoint Pen and Notebook
If you notice something while traveling, you need to write it down with a ballpoint pen and notebook or you will forget it.
You will also need it to exchange contact information with people you meet on your trip.
Change of clothes
An example of a change of clothes is a pair of top and bottom underwear, a t-shirt (polyester), three pairs of socks, and a light, zip-up hoodie. In winter, you will need more.
Pants are heavy, so I wash them on the trip and wear them the next day. Even if they are fresh, they will dry quickly as you walk around.
Shavers, combs, nail clippers
Use your regular shaver and comb to keep your appearance neat and clean. Also, if you are going to walk for a week or so in a row, bring nail clippers with you, as overgrown nails can be stressful.
Handkerchief and Dust Paper
A handkerchief and dust paper are basic items.
Calf type supporter (Zamst LC-1)
If you look up the benefits of calf supporters, you will find many.
But in the end, what do they mean?
One effect I feel is that I can walk naturally at any tempo because my calves do not sway. The fact that they don’t shake means that I’m not using any extra energy, which seems to help reduce fatigue.
If you don’t have a hook for hanging luggage in your bathroom, you can easily make one with an S-hook.
You may want to write a letter to an acquaintance from your travel destination.
A good luck charm.
A good luck charm.
A good luck charm. What would you do if your pants ripped?
A good luck charm. But I had two chances to use it in the rain when I walked the Tokaido.
Making a list of your belongings will make it easier for you to prepare for the next one.
Make a list for yourself and enjoy your walking life without forgetting anything.