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I still need my cream, streamlining for our camping trip

camping barrel

Each time my husband and I go camping in the backcountry of Algonquin Provincial Park, he tries to very hard to streamline what we he will be carrying. This trip will have has traveling about four hours by van, then canoeing and portaging another four and a half hours, with our final destination being Burnt Island Lake.

Since we are going so far into the backcountry, are supplies are divided into two categories: items deemed to be necessary by both of us, and those items deemed necessary by me. The must have items are:

Canoe:

  • safety bailer
  • extra paddle
  • paddles
  • life jackets
  • fishing rods & equipment
  • fishing licence
  • rope
  • whistle
  • flash lights
  • first aid kit
  • Medication
  • toilet paper
  • bug spray
  • sun lotions
  • Duck Tape
  • bear spray
  • Map
  • Compass
  • camera
  • folding chairs

Tent:

  • tent
  • tarp
  • air mattress
  • sleeping bags
  • some sort of pillows (hubby had blow up spiderman inflatables for pillows, I had boring red squares)
  • rope

Kitchen Equipment

  • fork, knife, spoon, tongs,
  • very sharp knife
  • Coleman stove or burner
  • fuel
  • plate, bowl, cups
  • reusable coffee mug
  • water bottles
  • something to hold water (folding plastic jug)
  • frying pan
  • pot with lid
  • kettle, coffee filter, paper filters
  • coffee
  • food
  • tin foil,
  • baggies, small and large
  • shamwow’s, clothes pegs
  • dish soap (biodegradable)
  • fire starter
  • axe
  • saw

Clothes:

  • shoes/sandals
  • towel
  • sweater
  • jeans
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • socks
  • pj’s
  • sun glasses
  • hat
  • Rain poncho
  • underwear, bra (I can go braless, but that depends on my mood)
  • tooth-brush & toothpaste

Extra:

  • two walking sticks for me

Now this is by no means a complete list, but a start. Remember we have to pack all of this in two barrels, two knapsacks, and the canoe. For food, because we are going into the interior of the park, bringing a cooler is just crazy, it would just add another thing to carry, so we eat dried food where you just need to add boiled water (lake water we have boiled for five minutes).

Now I can understand his point, but really I need cream for my coffee.

There is a Yeti in the bathroom

The other day I purchased a new shower curtain. The problem with the old one, was my husband liked it closed and I didn’t. Why? Because it gave me the creepy feeling that someone was hiding behind it with an axe or machete (my mind tends to over exaggerate). So every time I went into the bathroom, I would open the shower curtain with hesitation, hoping that there was no one hiding behind it because I was unarmed and would have no idea how to defend myself except maybe run for my life. Thus the new shower curtain.

Bamboo-shower-curtain.jpg

I love my new curtain; I can see there is no one hiding behind it, and when I shower it lets the light in, so I am no longer in a dark and enclosed space. Apparently though, my husband does not like it. Why? Well when he took a shower the other day, and turned around, he thought there was a Yeti in the bathroom. To his surprise though, it was his reflection that he was seeing in the mirror. I guess the bamboo in the curtain, and with his body hair said Yeti. I think he needs to shave.