Dear Friends and Family,
Some of you have expressed interest in sending us care packages while we hike the trail. This is fabulous and we appreciate it immensely! Still, you will want to follow a few guidelines to make sure that your care package’s contents are actually useable by us. After all, a care package that we can’t use is a real bummer for you and for us. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Food is best, especially stuff that is hard to get at small grocery stores
During our hike, our lives will revolve around food in a way that is hard for anyone to imagine that hasn’t hiked for months on end burning 4,000+ calories per day. We will be devouring everything in sight. Sending delicious food is probably the best way to show us your love. I promise we will appreciate it more than just about anything else.
2. Don’t send us items that are bulky and/or heavy unless they can be eaten immediately
Keep in mind that we will be carrying our lives on our backs. That glass jar of artisanal strawberry jam? While that undoubtedly sounds delicious, the glass jar is just way too heavy for us to carry out with us. On the other hand, if you sent us 10 delicious energy bars weighing the same amount (at least at first), we would almost certainly use all those. See the difference?
3. Don’t send us non-sealed/homemade food if we don’t know you personally
Cookies from Mom? Yeah, that sounds great. Cookies from a random guy named Joe from Arizona? Not so much. I doubt this will be much of an issue, since I’m 99.99% sure that the only people reading this page right now already know us well.
4. When in doubt, send only non-perishable items
Oftentimes, the items that you are sending will sit in a hot post office for a week or more. Items that spoil or melt easily are not good candidates to include in care packages. Fresh key lime pie? Not such a great idea (unfortunately). Clif shots, Starbucks Via, artisanal dry salami, fruit snacks, candy, cookies, etc.?… Yessssssir! Additionally, fresh fruit that has a long shelf life (like apples and citrus) can also work well as long as they don’t sit for too long.
5. If at all possible, let us know that you’d like to send a care package and we can help coordinate the process
The very best thing you can do is get in touch with us if you’re planning on sending us something. Our plans will be ever changing, and we most likely won’t visit every mail pick up point listed in the link below since many are a fair bit off the trail (5+ miles). The more we can coordinate the better! We’ll also be able to let you know if there is anything in particular that we are hankering for (too bad you can’t mail milkshakes!)
Still with me? Great!
So you’ve made up your little care package. Now how do you send it? Two words: Priority Mail. Everything else is asking to get lost or delayed.
Where do you send it?
Below, you will find links to several lists of mailing addresses where we can pick up packages, arranged in chronological order by PCT section (including the approximate dates we’ll be in each section):
Southern California (mid April – mid June) Central California (mid June – late July)
Northern California (early September – mid October)
Oregon (Southern Oregon: mid October – late October /
Northern Oregon: late August – early September)
Southern Washington: late July – late August / Northern Washington: ?)