Monday, February 6, 2012

Downsizing the Details

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Every time I visit the Great Big Hiking Co-op I buy a handful of little plastic bottles and equally little lock-top plastic bags. The two are staples and have recently been joined by week-style pill organizers, that don’t leak. I can lay out a week’s creams and cosmetics as easily as I could lay out vitamins. A bag will hold a dab of make-up for the road, and the bottles are a good way to shrink liter-sized bargains for ease in the bathroom cabinet.

As a novice hiker, I learned that hard-core climbers would trim the handles of their toothbrushes to save weight. Finessing my personal kit saves time, protects the big containers from bacteria, and simplifies travel.


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