Planning a trip can be one of the biggest barriers to actually taking a trip. You need to know where to go, how far to go, when to go, and how to get there… and that is just the start. While there are many resources at your disposal on the internet, there is no replacement for talking to someone experienced. A one-on-one conversation reveals more relevant and personal information for your trip. That is why Roads Rivers and Trails has always offered trip planning consultations and advice. All it takes is a message or phone call to get started.
Pack Lists - FREE
We have carefully cultivated our packing list be useful to you no matter where you may be going. Wherever the trip, this list serves as a conscious reminder that you should consider these items before departing, not just in considering their usefulness or your dependence on them but also to consider their condition and completeness. Get your free checklist in store or email us for a copy any time. Our experienced staff will go through the checklist with you and tailor it to fit your adventure.
Trip Planning Sessions - $50/hr
Poor meal planning is guaranteed to result in sour moods and bad energy. We can help you cater to specific diets or allergies and still get the calories you need. We have sample meal plans, calorie counters, and of course an amazing array of pre-made meals, both freeze-dried and dehydrated. Creating a meal plan can make a huge difference in your next trip! Planning a family camping trip or group expedition can be daunting. Make sure everyone is prepared with enough food and calories for the journey ahead. This is also a perfect opportunity to bring in your camp stove and get a demo! You'll go home with one free camp meal and a meal plan that works for you.
A shakedown is the best way to learn how to properly pack your backpack and utilize its features. It's also a great opportunity to review your pack checklist and make sure your kit is dialed in. We'll start with a pack weigh-in and hopefully end with another one that has ounces or even pounds off your pack weight! These work best when you've purchased most equipment you think you'll need and bring it all with you. We'll sort through the do's and the don'ts that we've learned from thousands and thousands of trail miles.
After we sort through the gear we'll go through best practices of putting it all back together, including weight distribution and accessibility. This is a good time to do your pack fitting as well. Schedule a time for your shakedown and make the next trip better than the last. You'll take home a completed check list with pack notes for your trip.
While we have not quite been everywhere, we'll certainly never stop trying! The RRT staff prides themselves on constantly having new outdoor experiences and being able to bring those experiences back to talk about. Let's pull out a map, track some miles, find a camp, and mark water sources. When you head out for the trail you should have some simple questions answered and we'll help make sure you do. An RRT trip planner can sit down with you for a one-on-one walkthrough of your day-to-day experience. This session can be for a trip big or small; being prepared is more resourceful than any gear in your pack.
Logistical help may also include help finding shuttles, camp sites, dependable weather checks, and, when necessary, reservations or registration assistance. We'll send you on your way with notes on your trip, including an outline of days, weather, and safety concerns.
Appalachian Trail Trip Prep
All it takes is a peek at our team page and you'll find several AT thru-hikers that are here at your disposal. Two of RRT's founders are thru-hikers (06'/07′) and the trail stays near to our hearts. We know that it can be an amazing and even life-changing experience, and we'd love to play a part! The Appalachian Trail is like no other, but we know right where to start. No matter if you are prepping for a section or for a thru-hike of the whole trail, stop by for your AT trip planning session. We'll review what makes the AT different, like mail drops, hostels, hitchhiking, shelter etiquette, or any other AT specific trail questions you have!
On-trail Guidance and Support - Free or Variable Fee
This service varies greatly on your trip needs. But the bottom line is that we want to see you succeed. We've been a home base for sending out new equipment or food in mail drops, a worried parent support hub, and have even driven 22 hours to pick up our long distance hikers at trail's end. Need a pep talk? We can do that too!
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118 Main St
Milford, OH 45150