April 3, 2014 | Alex
Want to hear something wild? I leave for Sweden on Sunday! My head is spinning. Can you believe it's been 5 months since I submitted my entry video? And 4 months since I found out I was Fjallraven's Jury Pick? If you want to follow the adventure live, check out the official Fjallraven Polar 2014 site. They'll be posting photos and video along the way.
In the final days leading up to my flight, the #1 question from friends and family is "what are you bringing?" I haven't technically packed yet, but I've done a lot of pre-packing strategizing and cogitating. And a lot of consulting with my fellow Polar-ists.
If I felt any anxiety about the adventure that lies ahead (which, naturally, I did. because I am anxious about all things.), it dissipated completely in conversation with my Polar companions. We've been in near constant contact via What's App and Facebook. I am so lucky! How did Fjallraven manage to attract the 19 of the most hilarious, intrepid and kind-spirited people on the globe? If you think I'm exaggerating (ok, maybe I am a little), watch this video! Danish participant Peter created the video, inspired by a weird and wonderful thread about what to pack...which led to a joke about developing a new swimsuit line for Fjallraven.
Thanks, Peter! But back to the question at hand-- what will I bring? Fjallraven encourages us to pack light. Very light. They provide all the apparel, gear and supplies we need for the adventure itself. We only need to supplement with toiletries, camera equipment, passport, and mufti for the plane and party on the final night. Plus a swimsuit for our celebratory sauna on the final night! (Well, at least the Americans will be wearing swim suits. In the proud nudity-averse tradition of our puritan forebears.)
Here's my complete packing list:
Fjallraven Polar 2014 | Packing List
1. Personal Hygiene
Neutrogena Face Sunblock | Featherweight Camping Mirror | 1-day Contact Lenses | Action Body Wipes | Burt's Bees Lip Balm | Hand Sanitizer | Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Castille Soap | Baby Powder | Toothbrush | Travel Pill Case (Ibuprofin, Tylenol, Decongestant) | Personal Pack Towel (Mini)
2. Socks + Undies
*Fjallraven is providing everything for the adventure-- down to our unmentionables. But if I'm going to wind up with extras of anything, I'd like it to be undies.
* It may seem like a lot, but with my trusty packing pods (see "luggage" below), I can keep these items very compact. Also, we won't need much other than what Fjallraven provides, on the trail-- but I want to make sure I'm covered for an overnight flight, 2 days of orientation/travel to the North and the party at the end.
Luna Bars | Almonds
5. Personal Electronics + Passport
Canon Powershot S110 | Extra Camera Battery | iPhone 4s | iPhone charger | Passport
That's everything. Wish me luck! I'll be back stateside on April 20th-- a changed woman, no doubt. And at the very least, a woman with 19 new best friends.