We had been planning a trip to Kauai and wanted it to be a little different than a typical tropical vacation. We wanted to stay in each region of Kauai and do as many day hikes as we could interspersed with snorkeling and swimming at the beach. I thought that if ultralight backpacking works for people hiking long distances, similar principles ought to work for general travel as well. Bringing minimal gear and luggage would allow us to have a different travel experience and be more spontaneous.
It was nice to use a small utility style backpack for my carry on item on the plane and the Riksak for the small item limit as both would be used for a backpacking trip and day trips during our vacation. Because we had food items and trekking poles we brought a large suitcase to check those items in.
Gear I brought for the entire trip included the following:
|Carried on plane||Gossamer Gear Type 2 Utility Backpack|
|Gossamer Gear Riksak|
|Plastic Bag||pack cover|
|Gossamer Gear Thinlight Pad- 1/8"|
|Pocket shower||used as a stuff sack|
|Jacks-R-Better Quilt||45 degree F rating|
|Equinox bivy sack|
|Two bathing suits||board shorts and bikini tops|
|Three cotton/poly ladies t-shirts||very light shirts|
|One pair of hiking pants|
|One pair of hiking shorts|
|Two pair underwear|
|Fleece sleeves and hat||Used for mosquitoes!|
|3 pairs of socks||for chafing with the sandals, one pair unused|
|Zpacks cuben fiber rain jacket||went unused|
|Rain skirt||went unused|
|Cookless kitchen||screw-top jar, bowl/cup and spoon|
|Classic Swiss army knife|
|Safety pins||for drying socks on back of pack|
|Ditty Bag||UL first aid and hygiene kit in bag|
|Hugh Tracy Kalimba||Musical Instrument|
|Checked in luggage||Homemade dehydrated backpacking food|
|Chrome Umbrella||for sun at the beach|
|Gossamer Gear LT4 Poles|
|Two person shelter|
|Purchased in Kauai||Beach towel|
I was able to bring what I needed for the backpacking portion of our trip along with other essentials for travel in the two small packs.
We started our trip in the Wiamea area. We did a number of great day hikes in Koke’e State Park. Our first hike was a nice loop with the local Sierra Club to a lookout in Wiamea Canyon.