This week is about nailing down some more precise numbers in terms of our off-trail expenses, doing a current gear inventory, and coming up with a shopping list for some things we need to replace or add to our gear stash. (OH BOY!! Another trip to REI!)
For our purposes, we are defining the "off-trail expenses" as those expenses that are related to your life back home, and not those directly related to life on the trail. So, storage rental is an off-trail expense, but a hotel stay in a trail town is not! If you're planning a thru-hike, here are the off-trail expenses that you might need to consider! Thankfully not all of these will apply to all thru-hikers!
- Health Insurance
- Car Insurance
- Student Loans
- Credit card debt
- Other loans/debts
- Pet boarding
- Cell phone
- Lost Income
Muskrat is pretty handy with spreadsheets, so he's already created a nice budgeting spreadsheet for us. Now, we just need to gather and enter the refined data!
If you have off-trail expenses to add that we didn't cover in our list, please add your ideas in the comments!
Stick around for discussion of on-trail expense planning, our gear inventory, coverage of a test hike we are planning, mental and physical preparations, and some book reviews!
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