When I travel (and even when I go about my everyday), I tend to think to myself, "Kira, what do you need to make this experience better/easier/complete?"
I quickly jot down my revelations (thank you wunderlist app), or I will forget them.
On my California trip, I realized I need a travel purse/backpack. I'd rather carry in a backpack form, but I do not want to be stuck with a backpack for the entire trip. Therefore, I needed a quick-change artist purse.
Enter the Sherpani Soleil lightweight tote. Not perfect, but utterly suitable for my needs.
In Yellowstone, I discovered that I need a wintery coat that can withstand: cold, wind, and rain. And it needs to completely cover my bum. Two thin-ish layers of clothes on my lower half did not keep me warm enough in 30 F degree weather (0 C) while the wind blew strands of my hair into the next state. I spent several hours cold and uncomfortable while on this trip.
For travel, do I want something shorter? Or longer?
To be discovered ...
Along with the above, lined pants would be great for cold weather adventure. I've flirted with making flannel-lined pants before, and the result was not ... useable. However, I'm ready to tackle them again.
Flannel-lined pants will need to be looser than typical, but you still do not want a great deal of "design elements" around the waistband. Perhaps something along the lines of Claire Shaeffer's pattern?
To be made ...
Softstar Moc3 RunAmoc
And I must bring running shoes (and the basics of running gear), for each trip. Running may be the only chance I have to push my cardiovascular system while out of town. I will need to balance between space considerations and weight, as well as versatility. I rarely wear athletic shoes if I'm not actually being athletic.
Shopping and city gawking: sandals or ballerina flats.
Hiking: sandals or ballerina flats. (Although, for a technical trail I will bring running shoes.)
Hanging around at a rental: barefoot.
As a result, my carry-on usually has, you will be shocked, sandals and ballerina flats. Period.
I may finally breakdown and buy a pair of Soft Star Shoes Moc3 RunAmoc slip-ons. It's a safe bet they would not take up much room! But they really aren't wear anywhere else shoes, are they?
To be decided ...
Cold weather kinda throws a monkey-wrench in the works. I know some people wear their sandals in winter (Hello Mom!), but I am not one of those. My toes get cold.
Being that Yellowstone would bring freezing temps and rain/snow into my little world, I knew I needed hiking boots that covered my ankles, but still gave me some ground feedback (I am sticking with minimal in shoes). I ordered several items from Merrell and other companies, but the ground feedback was non-existent and the foot pans far too rigid to make me happy for any length of time.
Purchased Asolo Athena. Kept Asolo Athena. Tramped throughout Yellowstone in Asolo Athena.