You may have heard this term several times and thought what is that?
A bounce Box is a box of “Stuff” ie spares kit, batteries, and spare clothes that you may need but don’t want to carry in your pack so you Bounce it up the trail ahead of you.
The US Post system has a great service that lets you Bounce a parcel or package to another post office free of charge, Which I think is a fantastic, of course once you remove it you must pay again
Ie When you get to Post office at your location you take out what you need and pay again to Bounce it to your ned location or if you need anything at all just Bounce it further up the trail
When I hiked the PCT in 2014 I was very green and like many hikers I took too much, mainly because lack of knowledge and the fact that I was coming from the UK.
I was very fortunate to have acquired most of my kit free of charge including spares and so I was bringing them with me so that I wouldn’t have to buy whilst in the US saving myself money
To be honest, my bounce box worked extreamly well, although I did bounce some crap, I didn’t need to bring so many pills and potions as these were so cheap in the US.
making my box lighter and cheaper to post
I would keep the course of Anti Giardia Tablets!
Also, I did not know how far I would get, I wanted to get to Canada but would my body let me. So, it was difficult to know where to post kit, also the duration that some post offices would hold my stuff
My bounce box was a black plastic Tuff Box or crate, I made it more secure by drilling a couple of holes through the side and using cable ties, And I think it worked extreamly well, some hikers use Food drums, others are happy with a card board box,
So below are the contents of my bounce box, highlighted in yellow are things that I did not need,
Contents My Bounce Box
|12 pairs of socks||2 Spare Head torches|
|2 Spare sunglasses||2 spare pairs of Pants|
|1 Spare Torch||1 spare Bite valve|
|1 Collapsible 1L bottle||1 X stove maintenance Kit|
|spare Batteries||Memory cards|
|2 large capacity Usb sticks||Spare charger|
|Gaffa Tape||Wet wipes|
|Hand sanitiser||Mosquito Head net|
|Knife||3 X gauze for Cooking|
|Waterproof Trousers||Spare Shirt|
|2 X Ibuprofen Gel|
|Sudocrem||2 X Ibuprofen Gel|
|2X Antihistamine Cream 25gm||1 X Lip Balm|
|1 X strip of Moleskin||Iodine|
|Fryers Balm||Surgical sprit|
|80 Codeine||100 Ibuprofen tablets|
|100 paracetamol,||80 Naproxen|
|20 Anti giardia Tablets||Purifying tablets|
|Spare Blister Plasters||Plasters|
|Spare maps pens /Address labels||Spare straps|
|pens /Address labels||Spare USB cables|
|100 hot chocolate sachets||1000 Teabags (Yes, I need these)|
You may think the tea and hot cholate excessive but I used the lot
I am British I love my tea