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DanC333
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08/02/2020 08:30PM
Rookie question, but what do you do with the packs that aren't the food packs? Do you have them in the tent? Just around the campsite? I have always kept the food and items to cook with in a bear box while not canoe camping. A few weekend river trips near the house I just had things very disorganized. It was fun, all went ok, but I want a better plan. Thanks Dan
 
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Nigal
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08/02/2020 08:47PM
Throw it under the tarp normally.
08/02/2020 08:49PM
No, not in the tent. What's not in the tent goes in the packs at night. They go under the tarp (if it's up) or just sitting by the fire grate area or under a tree.
cyclones30
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08/02/2020 09:11PM
All our stuff goes under the tarp overnight.

tarnkt
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08/02/2020 09:16PM
Usually there is one with miscellaneous items floating around in it that lives under the tarp. The empty ones used for tents/clothes/etc get piled under a tree out of the way for the duration of our stay.
DanC333
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08/03/2020 05:38AM
Thanks, seems like the logical choice.
4keys
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08/03/2020 05:57AM
We put our packs under the vestibule, then at night toss rain coats, hats, on top of it so they are handy but don't take up room in the tent.
IndyCanoe
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08/03/2020 07:15AM
If we have a tarp up typically that is the preferred spot for the packs.

Recently one of our favorite methods is to use a small piece of paracord to make a hanger on tree trunk. It is probably 2 feet long with a bowline tied on each end, and a carabiner clipped to one end. wrap it around a tree with the carabiner end through the other bowline loop. Clip the carabiner to the handle on the top of your pack. Height of the pack is easily adjusted depending on how high you wrap it around the tree and how big of diameter the tree is. Most importantly the pack is off the ground and easy to access.
Blatz
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08/03/2020 08:14AM
Against a tree when I don't carry a tarp. It's just one pack and the small bit of stuff in it is protected with the plastic liner. The pack can get wet. No different than if it rains while traveling
TuscaroraBorealis
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08/03/2020 08:17AM
Welcome to bwca.com!

My tent has a large vestibule - so I always keep the non-food packs there. Most of my trips have been in the spring/fall so this helps keep the inevitable morning dew and slugs etc. off the packs.
airmorse
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08/03/2020 08:31AM
If its my personal pack it goes under the vestibule in my tent.

If its the gear pack, like others have said, under the tarp.
BigZig
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08/03/2020 08:32AM
If we don't have a tarp up (rare), we use to put them under the overturned canoe at night. I still will put my life jacket under the canoe and under the seat so it's off the ground.
jillpine
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08/03/2020 08:37AM
This was last year's first attempts at solo packing. This year's are based on "less and lighter". The pack stays under a tarp, preferably on a rock. When it rains hard, the sites turn into river and pools.
straighthairedcurly
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08/03/2020 08:44AM
Everyone takes their personal gear to their tent or hammock area. They store it under the hammock tarp or the tent vestibule. I sleep in a tent so in the tent I keep my clothing, water bottle and my journal/book. Anything else gets stored in the vestibule.

Cooking gear or other misc. gets stuffed in the Sealline pack and left near the fire grate area. If we have a cooking tarp up, it sits under there.
MikeinMpls
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08/03/2020 09:58AM
We travel with two packs. The food bag is kept in one of them. We don't have one pack dedicated solely to food, and overall our food doesn't take up much room. We aren't food bag hangers, so the food is stored separately from the other pack, which goes under the tarp. The vestibules in my tent aren't big enough to accommodate a pack.

Mike
sylvesterii
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08/03/2020 12:05PM
We always line our packs with large black plastic contractor bags. When we get to camp and it has been unloaded, then I reverse the process. I put the stuff sacks / compression sacks inside the pack, and then I put it inside the contractor bag, tie it off, and then put it under the "vestibule" of my tent.

If it is the day pack that we are going to be using regularly, then it will probably come in the tent (if its going to rain) or in the vestibulte at night. I hang it from a branch during the day.
Jaywalker
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08/03/2020 12:21PM
I use a two pack system. One bag carries my cooking stuff, tarp, bugnet, ursack sometimes, fishing stuff, tarp, axe/saw. It stays out under my tarp. My other bag carries my tent and everything that goes in my tent, pads, sleep stuff, cloths, lights, first aid kit, etc. it comes in the tent with me and holds anything I’m not using at the moment. My dogs like to lean up against it when they sleep.
VaderStrom
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08/03/2020 12:49PM
The packs I bring are waterproof so I just hang them near my hammock so they don't get morning dew on them or mice rummaging through.
08/03/2020 02:28PM
I like a clean camp so empty packs and unused gear go in the two primary travel packs. One is for food and cooking supplies and the other for sleeping and clothing items. No food ever goes into that bag and dirty clothes go in the kitchen bag. I hang the food bag with food in urasack bag and cover the other bag to keep it dry from dew/condensation.
A bag with food smell on the ground left un-attended is a bag with a hole.
unshavenman
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08/03/2020 02:44PM
I keep my pack under my hammock or I hang it from a nearby tree with a Carl's Pack Hanger
Aldy1
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08/03/2020 04:05PM
Main pack is under a tarp at night. During the day, it's usually leaning up against a tree near the seating logs for easy access.

Camp organization is an ongoing learning experience and something I'm trying to get better at. I spend so much time looking for things. Then, I'll be over looking for something and think of another task to do and forget what I was looking for in the first place. One big game of musical chores.
CoachBigD
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08/03/2020 04:18PM
cyclones30: "All our stuff goes under the tarp overnight.


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Thats a nice setup!
tomo
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08/03/2020 04:34PM
Under the tarp if it's rigged or under the canoe if it's not.
Savage Voyageur
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08/03/2020 04:43PM
I use Duluth Packs. I put all my gear inside my tent or under my hammock. I then put the pack flat on the ground and use it like a rug for boots and shoes.
IndyCanoe
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08/03/2020 05:24PM
unshavenman: "I keep my pack under my hammock or I hang it from a nearby tree with a Carl's Pack Hanger "

Dutch thinks of everything.

That is a lighter solution to what I suggested. We used paracord and the carabiner because that is what we had with us on our trip at the time when I had the idea. If i decide to finally pick up a chameleon from dutchware may have to add one of these to the cart.
scramble4a5
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08/03/2020 06:23PM
4keys: "We put our packs under the vestibule, then at night toss rain coats, hats, on top of it so they are handy but don't take up room in the tent.
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I do the same. I have two vestibules so one is pack storage.
mjmkjun
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08/03/2020 06:56PM
CoachBigD: "cyclones30: "All our stuff goes under the tarp overnight.



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Thats a nice setup!"


Agree. Has the cozy feel. Love the bungee cords that seem to work so perfectly in this case.
jhb8426
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08/04/2020 12:53AM
Generally left them outside the tent against a tree with either a pack cover or a contractor bag over them.
mjmkjun
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08/04/2020 08:09AM
My pack are not waterproof. I place packs with gear/clothes in contractor garbage bags and finish with a loose knot. Note: deters the scrutiny of cute, furry critters who like to explore packs & sacks with openings.



Bobaaa
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08/04/2020 10:09AM
Like others have mentioned, we store our packs and misc non-food gear overnight outside of the tent in a contractor bag.
TechnoScout
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08/04/2020 10:50AM
Blatz: "Against a tree when I don't carry a tarp. It's just one pack and the small bit of stuff in it is protected with the plastic liner. The pack can get wet. No different than if it rains while traveling"

I take the plastic liner out of the back and put the pack IN the liner. Easier to deal with a dry pack when packing than a wet one.
LarryS48
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08/04/2020 04:05PM
I put non-Food packs, paddles and life jackets under the turned over canoe. The thwarts, seats and yoke can help keep stuff mostly off the ground. I tie the light stuff to a thwart especially if it looks like there might be a storm. I tie the canoe to a tree (I didn't do this in the days of 80 pound aluminum canoes but I do now with light weight canoes.)
LarryS48
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08/04/2020 04:05PM
I put non-Food packs, paddles and life jackets under the turned over canoe. The thwarts, seats and yoke can help keep stuff mostly off the ground. I tie the light stuff to a thwart especially if it looks like there might be a storm. I tie the canoe to a tree (I didn't do this in the days of 80 pound aluminum canoes but I do now with light weight canoes.)
 
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