So far, we have made what little trips we've taken without the items on the "want list." Our packing system is a little lacking and very disorganized. But we didn't need sleeping bags to go up to LeConte Lodge, and we did without stuff sacks. We also did without rain gear - and in the end, we were sopping wet. And although our packs have rain flies, everything inside was damp. I was just glad it was the going from and not the going to.
So, on our list of things to get BEFORE the "big" trip:
2 Dry Compression Bags for our sleeping systems
2 pairs of gaiters - if funds allow
Some stuff sacks &
A headlamp for me
Yesterday, we picked up two light, cheap blow-up pool floats to sub for a sleeping pad. Go ahead, laugh - we have! - but we're on a budget, and a good sleeping pad for both of us just doesn't fit in right now (along with rain gear - so cross your fingers for good weather). We also gained 3 little dry bags to hold food and other misc stuff that doesn't need to get damp.
Hopefully, we'll score a few things on our trip out today. We'll let you know how it goes!