We’ve learned some tricks and shortcuts over the years, which we’re passing along to you to help make your Susan G. Komen 3-Day walking experience even better.
1. Put your phone in airplane mode when walking.
You can still use the camera or music player, but your battery will last much longer if it’s not constantly searching for a cell/internet signal. (Also, when you go to charge your phone back at camp, keep it off or in airplane mode and it will charge much faster.)
3. Put a spare pair of socks in a snack size Ziploc and carry it in your fanny pack. Change your socks at lunch, then put the dirty ones into the Ziploc to keep them separate from everything else in your pack.
4. Cold morning? Use your spare socks as mittens until you warm up. Then just stick them back in your pack so you can change into them at lunch.
5. Newspaper stuffed into wet shoes will dry them out by morning.
6. Small instant ice packs will provide a few minutes of refreshing coolness without the drippiness of a bag of ice. (Though sometimes the drippiness is nice too…)
7. In rain, a binder clip will secure your poncho hood to the bill of your hat to keep it from flying off your head.
8. A 1-inch binder clip also makes a terrific make-shift lip balm holder.
9. Did you know that there are sunscreen towelettes? If you have limited space in your walking pack, these may be a good alternative to a bulky bottle of SPF. Or, see if you can score some samples of sunblock (usually packaged in flat pouches) from a local dermatologist or spa.
10. If you plan to use duct tape for anything (believe or not, this is the go-to blister care method for many walkers), wrap a few feet of it around your water bottle and tear it off as you need it, rather trying to carry a whole roll around with you.
Got any good 3-Day walking hacks? Let us know in the comments!
(Thank you to first time San Diego walker Kenzie D. for modeling these hacks!)