You can only carry so much. If you’re doing a thru-hike of the PCT you’re likely going to rely on resupply packages for everything from food to toothpaste. Planning your resupply on the PCT is one of the most difficult parts about a PCT thru-hike.
Everyone does it differently: On one end of the spectrum, there are hikers that literally spend close to a year planning out every mile of their hike: they have the life of their gear planned out the last mile and their food intake planned out to the last calorie. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’re hikers that will head to REI, buy a pack, load it full of dehydrated meals and hike into the closest town every few days to buy more food and supplies when they run out. Both of these methods have serious flaws, this page will tell you why.
Most PCT hikers will use a variety of methods to resupply on the trail during their hike. Before reading too much about it, know this: there is no universal strategy that works for every thru-hiker. No matter how much planning and reading you do (or how little), you will finish your thru-hike wishing you had done part of it differently.
On this page, we’ve put together a lot of information about resupplying in general as well as a lot of specific information about resupplying on the PCT. We’ll also include some links to some other helpful sites.