As I write this, Pam and I are preparing for a short backpacking trip to Ellicott Rock. I get pretty exacting over pack weights, so I have a spreadsheet that lists all of our gear by category and includes the weight for each item.
The list makes it easy to pack and by doing a pre-trip check off of the list I practically guarantee that nothing will be forgotten.
However, there are a couple of things on the list that don’t come on every trip. They are weather specific, things like rain gear, down jacket, and extra clothing layers.
It’s helpful to have an exact list of what I need, and to have some extra information that helps me deal with contingencies.
If I only backpacked once a year, putting that list together would not have been worth it, but for multiple trips, developing a system that adapts to varied contexts makes my life so much easier.
As a leader, what area, task, or function might be helped by having a more detailed plan? What contingencies do you need to be ready for?
Do good and be well,