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bwcasolo
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12/12/2017 04:30PM  
Since it is ice season, canoes are mostly stored. How many of you do your packing off of a list to make sure you don't forget anything? Lately, in the last few years, I just have my same old stuff in a tub. It saves me having to go off of a list. Gets routine after 35+ trips or more, I really lost count.
 
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Grandma L
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12/12/2017 05:14PM  
Too bad all the stuff does not fit in a tub. I have a vacated "kid bedroom" (they leave and I take over) and a 4 x 8 shelf for tents and big stuff. I have lists for my list - number of people - base or travel..... Yup, I love spreadsheets!
OldFingers57
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12/12/2017 05:45PM  
Most of our gear gets used year round for other canoe trips and also backpacking trips. So it’s moving from pack to pack a lot.
Wick
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12/12/2017 06:36PM  
Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list.

I am the age now that i make a list just to go to the Tractor Supply store. I walk to the barn sometimes and cuss because i forgot why i went.
12/12/2017 06:37PM  
OldFingers57: "Most of our gear gets used year round for other canoe trips and also backpacking trips. So it’s moving from pack to pack a lot. "


Same here, but my wife has lists from her teens and every trip since.
When she goes with me I don't have to want for anything (but its still lightweight double portaging).
Me, I just throw things in (except food) and I can't remember forgetting sonething that I could not live without.
12/12/2017 06:57PM  
Wick: "Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list.

I am the age now that i make a list just to go to the Tractor Supply store. I walk to the barn sometimes and cuss because i forgot why i went. "


Here is my wife's list from our 2011 week long trip into Insula and Alice.
It looks long, but we double portaged with a heavy Alumicraft.
Not all things on the list were for our canoe trip.
Some were for the two days we car camped before our trip.

I do not take near this much stuff when I solo.



12/12/2017 08:20PM  
Wick: "Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list.


I am the age now that i make a list just to go to the Tractor Supply store. I walk to the barn sometimes and cuss because i forgot why i went. "


Welcome to the wonderful world of serendipity! Never had to use a list, now old enough to forget much. Improvise! A whole new aspect of tripping to an old sod.

Forgot my canoe yoke, rented one. Forgot the dehydrated meats for my meals, went vegi and REALLY ENJOYED that 1st cheeseburger when out! Forgot not to turn around backward in a solo canoe, got wet. Did not check the condition of my favorite flask, dumped out some nasty single malt scotch. And many other instances.

I'm still kicking around looking forward to the next adventure. Still pack right off a set of shelves (my version of tubs), no list.

butthead
bwcasolo
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12/13/2017 06:06AM  
bwcasolo: "since it is ice season, canoes are mostly stored, how many of you do your packing off a list, to make sure you do not forget anything. lately, in the last few years, i just have my same old stuff in a tub. it saves me having to go off a list. get's routine after 35+ trips or more, i really lost count."

all my gear is in one closest space, so it's really easy. the smaller items are in the tubs. when i pack for two, wife and i, then i pay more attention to what i am grabbing, more comfort stuff.
Savage Voyageur
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12/13/2017 07:27AM  
I pack off a list for every trip. If I print the list I can run a highliter through the item when it’s packed. I do update the list as soon as I get home what not to bring or what more to bring. List stays on my phone so I can review and add to list as I think of it.
12/13/2017 09:32AM  
Wick: "Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list.

I am the age now that i make a list just to go to the Tractor Supply store. I walk to the barn sometimes and cuss because i forgot why i went. "

Without a list the anxiety of fretting about forgetting something would eat me alive! I maintain one list, then adjust depending on how long, who, and how many are coming along, and how many I'm outfitting.

Pack List
Personal
• 2x pants (preferably convertible)
• 2-3x socks
• 2-3x wears
• 2-3x performance shirts (long and short sleeve)
• Boots
• Camp shoes
• Hat(s) (I take a ball cap and wool/felt fedora for rain)
• Raingear / Shell layer
• Insulating layer (fleece pullover or hoodie)
• Toiletries (baggie w/ brush and paste, nail clippers, floss, meds, etc.)
• Gloves…fingerless ragg wool are my preference
• EDC (every day carry) knife
• Camp towel
• Booze
• TP (flattened in baggie)
• Bug dope
• Headlight and/or small tac light
• Compact camera
• Dry bag
• BDBs (Bungee-Dealee-Bobs)
• Readers (probably optional, unless you’re Rod!)
• Sunglasses
Fishing
• 2x rods and reels
• Tackle
• 1 stringer per boat
• Spare line
• Pliers
• License
? BWCA – MN DNR
? Quetico – Ontario Outdoors Card AND Ontario license
Camp
• Sleep/shelter system
o Tent
o Hammock/tarp-fly
o Bag or quilts
o Ground pad
o Pillow
o Candle lantern
• Chair(s)
• H2O filtration system
• Water containers (Nalgene or Dromedary bag)
• Tarp
• BDBs
Travel / Boat
• 2x painters per boat
• 1-2x maps per boat
• Map case(s) per boat
• Compass
• Thwart/bow bags per boat
• PFDs
• Paddles
• BDBs
Utility
• Saw
• Axe
• BDBs
• First aid
• Emergency/repair kit (duct tape, zip ties, safety wire, extra batteries, etc.)
• Wx radio
• 42 gal. 4-5 mil. trash bags for pack liners (one folded in bottom of every other pack as extra)
Kitchen
• Cook set(s)
• Stove(s)
• Fuel
• Lighters
• Cooking and eating utensils
• Soap
• Food
• Gorp / trail snacks (Mingua Bros. “hot” jerky!)
• Staples / spices (lemon pepper!) / Crisco sticks
• Packable cutting board
• Filet knife
• Several Kroger sacks for packing out trash

QueticoMike
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12/13/2017 10:24AM  
I always use a list even though I have all of my gear stored in one corner of the room. There are things beside gear though, like food and clothes, etc...... I typically put everything in one room before I go and check the list off.
Atb
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12/13/2017 10:34AM  
I like to work off a list as well. I iterate - when I get home, I review the list, and make comments when the trip is still fresh in my mind. Then, when building next years list, I start with last years and use the remarks to adjust to the previous experience.

It's fun looking back at them year over year, especially around this time when you need a little escape.
DrBobDerrig
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12/13/2017 11:42AM  
A list man here. With family, grandkids, scout groups, car camping, canoe camping, rv camping, I gotta have lists that I have to tweak for the occasion. Sometimes I don't pay close enough attention and gloss over it...then discover I forgot something....not good then

dr bob
12/14/2017 01:48AM  
12/2017 06:57PM
Wick: "Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list."

Ultimate canoe checklist this list was published in The Boundary Waters Journal many years ago it is quite extensive and I use it for reference when I pack for my trips.

Tony
OldFingers57
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12/14/2017 08:05AM  
LindenTree3: "
OldFingers57: "Most of our gear gets used year round for other canoe trips and also backpacking trips. So it’s moving from pack to pack a lot. "



Same here, but my wife has lists from her teens and every trip since.
When she goes with me I don't have to want for anything (but its still lightweight double portaging).
Me, I just throw things in (except food) and I can't remember forgetting sonething that I could not live without."


We still use lists to pack no matter the trip. I have lists for backpacking, canoe trips, and snowshoeing trips. Also for car camping and winter camping trips.
12/14/2017 08:41AM  
I keep mine in the “notes” of my phone because I find it really easy to add or delete things on the fly. I’ve got a solo list and a group list, but that’s it. There’s obviously some no-Brainers that aren’t on the list, but this list helps because my gear is all over the place as items are getting pulled all of the time for State Park trips, picnic adventures and hiking stuff. I usually dirtbag it in the truck the night before, so the cooler stays in the truck and is used to keep breakfast food for the morning of entry and beer for when we exit (although the beer is rarely cold by the time we get back, but nobody complains). I’ve marked “delete” on some things. I haven’t hung my food pack in the last 4 or 5 years so no sense in carrying all that rope and pulley. I haven’t brought a landing net in a while either, my dad still gives me a hard time about that one.

BWCA

Cooler- with ice, sandwiches, drinks- leeches in the cooler overnight


1. Permit: Duluth Pack Store
2. Dinner- Duluth or Ely
3. Bait- VNO in Ely- leeches 1 lb.

Canoe
Paddles
PFD's
Portage pads
map case

Leech locker(leeches inside, bagged)
Fishing rods (in hard case)

Backpack contents:
Snacks

water bottles
Life straw (side pocket) x
rain gear (side pocket) (2) x
bug spray (top pocket) x
mosquito net (top pocket) x
sunscreen (top pocket)
med kit, binoculars x
Toilet Paper
Wet wipes

On Person
Hats (sun/warm)
Sunglasses
Gloves
Multi tool
Knife

Clothes- in stuff sack
Long sleeve shirt x 2
Sweatshirt x 2
Socks/underwear x 2
Toothbrush/paste/soap
Camp Shoes
GoPro
Camera

Main Pack Contents:
Tarps (2.6)
Tent w/ plastic (7)
Sleeping bags/pads/pillows (9)
red sack- fire supplies, rope
Orange sack- hammock/straps, Camp shower, cribbage, chairs
Bear ropes--------delete
Hatchet (1)
Sven Saw (1)
Water filter (1)
Water jug
Tackle bag
Landing net --------delete

Food Pack Contents:

Mess kit (plates/bowls/utensil roll)
Stove (single burner)
Fuel
Cook kit
Coffee cups

Ziploc bags

Coffee singles via
Instant oatmeal (10 packets)
Bagels
MH Granola
Bananas?
Peanut butter
muffins (frozen)
Dehydrated veggies
stuffing/gravy/chicken pouch
Pitas/sauce/Mozz/Pepperoni/olive oil
Knorr rice packets w/ fish
Idahoan potato side w/ fish
Shore lunch (brown baggies)
Oil
Crackers/cheese

Condiments/seasonings (tartar sauce & lemon pepper)
Butter spread
Clif bars
Candy bars
GORP (w/ dried papaya)
Booze
Mio


12/14/2017 09:02AM  
Wick: "Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list. "

I've made my own lists, one for summer and one for winter, and they get updated usually after every trip. I organize the items on the list by which bag they go in. Note; not everything on my list gets taken along - I sometimes leave things behind but by having it on the list it gets considered. My Tent bag has my tent and all the items for in the tent, so it goes straight to the tent pad I select. My Camp bag goes wherever the tarp is going to go.

I could never use a tub strategy as too many items get reused regularly in other activities.
Bumstead
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12/14/2017 09:33AM  
My wife mocks my color coded excel spreadsheets for backpacking and BW trips. Backpacking one has weights beside all items and calculates the baseweight (no food, water, or fuel included) for the trip. BW list morphs every year, but has everything from food quantities to fishing gear to clothing to camp supplies. Couldn't pack efficiently without it, and it also allows me to modify the spreadsheet / add notes for next year's spreadsheet when I get home from a trip: what foods / gear / tackle were needed or not. I also track my costs for the trip on this spreadsheet, allowing me to charge the guys I take with me the appropriate amount.....fuel, tolls, permits, food, camp supplies, bait, etc.
pswith5
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12/14/2017 10:01PM  
I just look at the bwca.com gear list to make sure I don't forget anything.
HappyHuskies
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12/15/2017 08:06AM  
Always (well, almost always) use a list. Different lists for summer, shoulder seasons, and winter. Lists also differ depending on type of trip: backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, dog sled, etc. Is this a "birdy" trip (meaning I really don't have a schedule or destination, but am just meandering and enjoying the woods and water) or am I more interested in making miles. And while I use a list to help keep from forgetting things, but also to keep me from packing stuff I don't need or don't use.
12/15/2017 08:40AM  
Wick: "Publish those lists! I am a newbie, collecting everyones list that will let me have it,,to help me make my own list.


I am the age now that i make a list just to go to the Tractor Supply store. I walk to the barn sometimes and cuss because i forgot why i went. "

Wick,
Check out geargrams.com . I have all of my gear weighed and uploaded to the site with separate packs created based on the type of trip I'm taking. I can see how much each pack will weigh and add/remove gear accordingly. You can check off the items on the packing list online as well. I won't share my master list because it would reveal to everyone just how bad my gear problem is, but the site is an invaluable tool for me.
 
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