When packing for an extended trip it is important to remember the stuff you can't buy at a gas station:
-electrical cords to all your gadgets
-ways to charge them in the car
-maps when the cell coverage drops out
-a raincoat that actually keeps out the rain
-books you actually want to read
...and GUS! Thankfully Gus eats a variety of things, from squirrels to chickens, to dog food, to twizzlers, so we should be ok at a farm, in the woods, or at 7-11. He has hiked the Long Trail with me (Summer 2011), and the opportunity to car camp along side me this year seemed too good to pass up.
As I go through the final checklists I must admit feeling that nervousness of the unknown. While I have been on many a college visit in the past, there will certainly be things on this trip that I cannot anticipate. I imagine some of these will be among my favorite parts of the trip. One last night of sleep and I'll be off!