Cousins for the Cure has participated in a total of 10 Susan G. Komen 3 Day 60 mile walks. Each year we walk we gain new tips and tricks on the best way to tackle 60 miles in 3 days. We know planning your first (or second, or third, etc) walk can be overwhelming, and we hope our top 5 tips below will help all 3 Dayers feel more prepared!
1. Pack and label your clothes by day for all 3 days in large zip lock bags
This one is a real life saver. Especially on day 2 and 3 when you wake up extra early, tired and sore, it is SO nice to just grab your zip lock baggy of clothes to get changed. Not having to search through your bag to find each piece of your outfit can be a big time saver. Plus, if you pack by day ahead of time you know you haven’t forgotten anything and helps keep everything extra dry if you’re camping. Better yet, ziplock EVERYTHING! We use the gallon size bags here.
2. Bring plastic!
This is one thing we learned the hard way, so you won’t have to! We always bring a roll of plastic for (1) under our tent and (2) under and over your duffel bag if you sleep with it outside of your tent. Without it on a rainy night = a bag full of wet clothes. Take it from us and bring the plastic! Clothespins work great to attach the plastic to the tent.
3. Bring an extra pair of socks in your bag each day.
Prevention is key to a blister free walk. Changing into a clean dry pair of socks during lunch can really save you some suffering from blisters later on. Here are some of our favorites. Also, starting your day out with some Advil wont hurt either!
4. Decorate your tent to make it stand out, and glow!
We have forgotten to do this a couple times and really kicked ourselves for it. When you’re walking around in a sea of pink tents, its so easy to get turned around — especially at 2AM in the dark when you’re stumbling to the bathroom. The decorations don’t have to be much, but just a few glow sticks on the top of your tent to guide you in the right direction will really help! These pink glow sticks would be perfect.
5. Comfortable sleeping is worth the extra weight – bring the battery powered air up mattress!
You’ll hear different opinions on this one, but let me just sing our opinion loud and clear — pack the air mattress if you are camping! It is worth it. After 20 and 40 miles of walking your body will thank you! We recommend getting a mattress with a built-in battery powered pump, like this one. Just don’t forget your batteries!