1 The items in this section are optional, even unnecessary by many standards. But we say, why not? Sitting is too important a pastime to entrust to logs and rocks. And there are many other conveniences that we might as well take along if we're taking it in two loads.
2 It's rather heavy, but is nice to have when rain threatens
3 When you've chosen to stay in one place rather than trekking daily, this can be useful (remember, only with two canoe loads of gear can we afford this luxury). But as soon as the sun comes out the tent goes down.
4 We could just boil water in a pot, but we've always used a kettle. This new kettle replaces an old one that got corrupted by insect repellant. The removable lid is an improvement that makes cleaning easier and allows it to be packed full during transit (no insect repellant). It's also kind of cool to hear the whistle in the wild.
5 These are the same kind of Rubbermaid dishpans we use at home and for car camping. If they're packed full they don't take up that much space.
6 Reliance R975 - 20L. We've taken this along but also used it to keep a store of drinking water back at the car for refilling smaller jugs.
7 Coffee carafe (insulated), filter cone, filters, collapsable strainer, cutting board. No need to take any of this if you don't drink coffee and won't be chopping and straining for your supper.
8 32 year old tv tables (wedding gift) and dishpan setup on a leaf bag frame. We've used the tables for everything but tv. If you haven't got a picnic table and don't like squatting to work and eat this is nice.
9 Books to read, glasses to read with, cameras to shoot, chairs to sit in and tables to put it all within easy reach
10 Crates of the stacking kind have various storage and structural possibilities. A piece of plywood cut to fit makes a table of it.
11 The broom we need for sure (cleaning off tarps and tent). The dustpan we could probably do without, though it works well for scraping a tent site clean.
12 Probably not all necessary, but hard to leave behind when they're tools of your trade. The slipjoint pliers is the only tool I've ever really missed when forgotten - that for a too-tight propane hose connection.
13 Our old coffee pot and kettle in their last of thirty years of use
14 We used to sleep on these, but now they serve as mats behind the tent and in the canoe
15 Mats for in and out of the tent. Being civilized is important to us.
16 Never used yet - we take real pillows. Seems a bit of a luxury, but sleep is important.
17 In early summer, with its long days, this doesn't get used much. But any other time it gives more reliable and economical light than any flashlight.
18 Propane lanterns are fragile because of the glass so protection during transit is advised
19 Fortunately, we have never needed to take one along
20 We'd never really mastered the art of carrying a canoe, and never really had to until the Big East Lake trip.
21 When camping in July, campfires are not a big part of our experience. The few times I've taken firewood (shop scraps) we've left most of it behind for others to use.
22 Our trusty, old Coleman cooler is too big to pack in with a canoe, but we do take it along to keep things cool during the car trip, and we leave it in the car to come back to every few days if we're within easy paddling distance.
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