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:


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

12 Replies to “I still need my cream, streamlining for our camping trip”

  1. What a list! When our little ones are older, we have to make a trip to Algonquin Park and do some camping. I haven’t done this in years.

    1. Yet we always seem to forget something. I really need to make a more detailed list! I think our youngest was around 7, middle 9 and the eldest 12, or maybe younger when we first took them to the backcountry. They loved it, and have preferred the backcountry to car camping ever since.

  2. We are nowhere near as hardened as you, but I’m exactly the same on a camping trip. I take my cafetiere, proper coffee, and some UHT milk cartons. I am nothing without a decent coffee inside me first thing!

  3. Am always excited when I hear someone is gong camping, whether I know them personally or otherwise. Have a great trip. May good weather grace you, may the wind be at your back when a float and may the black flies be somewhere else (only time I ever use the word hate is in connection with black flies).

    I look at my lists and think how funny they must seem to someone who has never camped; sometimes they are quirky.

    I drink my coffee black, but what does work for perishables as the likes of creme is that lakes depths over one hundred feet , the deeper the better, keep items icy cold till July/August thermal turn overs. A container of some sorts which you place items in, rock(s) for weight, line and a lime green micro marker and you have yourself a woodsy fridge locker. It seems like a lot of work, but some conveniences one just has to have.

    1. We just came back from a wonderful trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, and am currently working on a post, hopefully it will be up in the next day or two. Lists are a funny thing, ours is always changing as we try and streamline further each time for the benefit of my husband who carries everything.

      I had my cream in a thermos, put it in a ziplock bag with an ice pack, and left it in the water, only taking it out when needed. My cream lasted for four days. I will easily eat dehydrated food where you just need boiling water, but I cannot go without cream in my coffee. Priorities.

  4. Okay, one, I can’t believe you go backcountry camping! What the heck!!! And two, um yeah you need cream!!!

    Sorry, that was a lot of exclamation points.

    1. I love the backcountry, I would easily live in the woods. I am lucky, hubby carries everything. I’m working on the post of the trip we just came back from where it took us four and a half hours of paddling, two portages (quite a few pain meds for me) to get to our campsite ~ where there was no one around (I could sunbathe in the nude, lol).

      For me cream, hubby lets me bring one full but small thermos with one ice pack, then we put it in a bag in the water and I cross my fingers that it lasts the four days (it did).

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