We’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends and family about how to go about sending us care packages. So to answer any questions, we thought we’d do what we do best: write a blog post about it!
Hitting a Moving Target
Below are the next places with post offices we’ll certainly be passing through. The only way to get a package into our hands is by sending it to one of the following places. Since our mileage varies, we’ll be updating this list of locations as we move further down the trail in the coming months and have a better idea of where and when we’ll be stopping.
How to Ship It
Our set list of locations are United States Post Offices, so ship with USPS only. Don’t use UPS or FedEx.
Each post office location includes a specific address format for delivery. Be sure to use this when addressing the package.
Let us know if you are sending a care package and where, that way we know we need to stop to pick it up.
Our next stop will be in Tehachapi, California and we plan on being there on June 4th or June 5th. You can address the shipping label as follows:
Nikita Smeshko and Sally Phipps (PCT Hiker, ETA: 6/4-6/5/2015)
1085 Voyager Dr
Tehachapi, CA 93561
What To Send
While we love surprises (our days are kind of… all the same), but please stick to items that we can consume reliably – non-perishable foods are your best bet. We’d hate for you to go through the trouble of sending something only to have it spoil by the time we get to it.
Our Favorite Things
As a general rule, we carry and consume foods that are at least 100 calories per ounce of food. The math can get kind of crazy when you start reading packaging and factoring in servings and serving sizes, but we generally stick to foods that are dense and calorie rich. This could include: non-perishable brownies (yum!), or anything that’s both cheesy and non-perishable (a hard to find combination at times).
Powdered Butter, Powdered Cheese or Powdered Sour Cream (you laugh, but this stuff is amazing)
Chocolate (dark preferably)
Coconut Oil (a small container!)
Dehydrated meals, vegetarian (Mountain House, Backpacker’s Pantry, both of which can be found at REI or outdoor retailers)
Near a Trader Joe’s?
They’ve got great trail mixes (light on the peanuts as they give Sally indigestion)
Don’t Feel Pressured
Logistics can get overwhelming, don’t feel like you have to send a package, but just know we definitely appreciate your love!