A friend and I want to do the pacific crest trail, but I don't want to go bankrupt getting all the latest and greatest. I know lightweight gear pays off, and I'm not one to pack a teddy bear and a cashmere sweater, but minimal (as funny as it is) can be expensive. Any suggestions on how I can go about getting gear without breaking my bank account?
Packing light guidelines
In my travels, I sometimes have need to take iPhone/iPad/Laptop, compact camera equipment, office clothing (not suits, but presentable), casual wear and some SCUBA equipment. I hate checking bags and all of those things I consider too important to trust to the airlines. I'm considering something like the Patagonia MLC as one bag, but I have no clue what to use as my "personal item". I'd love something that could carry all of my electronic goods, maximizes the space under the seat in front of me, but also could be manageable enough to use as my around-town bag (with camera, ipad) when I get to my destination. Any suggestions?
I'm about to go to a military school selection for 6 days.
Any tips on what to bring?