|Appalachian Trail 2018 – Draft Budget / Equipment|
|Flights – To Atlanta||£800|
|Flights – Boston to Heathrow|
|Travel to and from trail:|
|Shuttle Trail to Town||£100|
|Shuttle to Airport||£80|
|Equipment: New 2018||£1074|
|Clothing : New 2018||£186|
|Hiking Costs (trail Costs)|
|Mobile phone costs $50 month||6 months||$300|
|Town accommodation @ $75 visit||25 Towns||$1875.00|
|Food per day ($15)||180 days||$2,700.00|
|Resupply Postage – USPS Mail||$200|
|Other Travel, Bus taxi||$100|
|Grand Total to hike the AT in 2018||£7,072.27|
This is my Draft Budget for my 2018 hike
I have based this on a 6 month hike (180 days) so if you hike faster, your hike will be in theory cheaper
This again is unknown and won’t be finalized to the last minutes, public transport, Bus train normally works out cheaper that private shuttles unless you’re in a group
Most of the kit I still have from my last hike , But several pieces I wish to change a different tent , a smaller lighter pad etc. so Also I have purchased a PLB which was an item I could not afford before
Again I have a few items although most of it I sent to a charity shop in Canada
Trail life itself is cheap. All you really need is food (and maybe fuel). Depending on your food choices and local prices, you can expect to spend around $10-$15 per day on food. Some towns are quite expensive, so it’s possible to spend up to $20 per day. Let’s use $15 per day as an average. For a 5 month hike (150 days), that totals to $2,250. For a 6 month hike (180 days) that totals $2,700.
These are a little unknown I am using a bounce box and have allowed $200
Also as I am from the UK I am a tourist and like to send postcards
Towns are the places that suck your money. Restaurants are irresistible. Beer is tempting. A warm bed can feel priceless. There are plenty of ways to save money in town, and you can save even more money by avoiding town altogether, but for budgeting purposes, estimate a reasonable amount of town days and multiply that number by $50-$75. This should allow for enough money to split a hotel room or pay for a hostel, plus a couple of meals and some beer. For planning and budgeting purposes, let’s plan for one town day per week. That’s 25 town days for a 6 month hike ($1250-$1,875), or 21 for a 5 month hike ($1,050-$1,575). You could certainly take far fewer town days, but plenty of people do more.
Budgeted $800 (This includes 3 pairs of shoes )
Hiking faster is the most effective way to save money. If you finish the trail a month faster than you planned, that’s a month of of trail costs you just saved yourself. You don’t have to be a fast hiker to hike more miles, you just have to hike a little longer. In the middle of summertime, it’s light before 6am and not dark until well after 9pm. Do that extra mile or three. It adds up. Once you have your trail legs, those extra miles don’t require much extra effort.
Actual On Trail Costs
|Accommodation /camping /hostel||1942||1875||-67|
|Town food meals||1970||*||*|
This was for bounce boxes, but I did ship a box back to the uk costing me $80 !!
My Budget was $1875 I spent $67 dollars more which wasn’t a huge overspend.
The total budget could easily be halved by using hotels less or by splitting rooms with over hikers and or avoiding hostels and camp,
My original Budget was $2700 based on a 180-day hike, which equalled $15 a day
this was under budgeted and didn’t consider when eating out that there was an expectation to leave at least a 20% tip, And some states were very expensive .
My hiking duration was 160 day and the actual food cost was $3636 over 160 days equals $22.75 per day which would be better to budget at $25 a day
Also, I’m a big beer drinker and my beer spend was $867 divided over 5 months =$173 a month
this could be easily halved by drinking local beer rather than craft Ale (but I like craft Ale )
There were far more towns on the Appalachian trail, so I did overspend .
But you don’t have too!
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