SealLine Pro Pack RE 115 litre
MEC Slogg Deluxe 115 litre Dry Pack
MEC Slogg 35 litre Dry Pack
My preference is the
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack. These are not meant to be submerged, but since they are in your main pack, this will not be a problem, since the main pack should be "submergeable" if closed properly.
Note: Don't use Seal Line small dry bags in your main pack. I did for many years. Although they are waterproof, like the main pack, they are too "rubbery" to easily slide in beside each other in the main pack.
Note: They do work well as water buckets.
Only take the pots, etc. that you need. If you are using freeze-dried food, a large and small pot and a frying pan may be all that you need.
A stainless steel bowl with a handle per person will suffice for any meal. (see DIY GEAR Table pic at right)
A bit of luxury is a table. Most small camp tables are hard to pack, so we made one that rolls up. (See DIY GEAR at right)
For over 20 years, I have used a Coleman Peak 1 single burner (naphtha). It has been very reliable and when necessary, easy to clean & repair. It also works very well with the
What I like about it is that it does not need pre-pressurized fuel canisters which are not reusable. However it appears that this stove is no longer made by Coleman.
In checking around, I think that the
MSR WhisperLite are the closest stoves to the Peak 1 currently available.
Note: There is a considerable price difference between these stoves. The DragonFly stove simmers, the Whisperlite does not - this can make a huge difference, especially if you use an Outback Oven, which needs lower "baking" temperatures.
Due to the above considerations, I bought a Dragonfly and have used it on several trips. I am very pleased with its performance!
MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter
We have been using this filter for over 15 years without any problems.
When you are "sizing" a tent, get one with enough room. If the tent specs say a 3 person, more than likely it will only fit 2 comfortably. Get a tent that has a floor that wraps up a few inches above ground, full fly that goes down to just above the ground below where the floor comes to, and has storm line tie-off points. As well, look for a tent that has at least one vestibule. Even though the tent floors are usually fairly abrasion resistent, cut a tarp to fit the tent footprint and use it. It will substantially extend the life of the tent.
Set up the tent at home before you leave and check all zippers, mesh and seams. Better to repair before the trip than on the trip.
After the trip, always wash the tent, inside and out, and set it up, making make sure that it is dry before storing it.
Never apply insect repellent or take food in the tent.
Many tents do not come with a Dry Sack for storage.
It is worth the extra money to get one, since it will isolate moisture if you have to pack in rain or early morning before the dew dries off.
A good tarp at least 5 m x 5 m (16 ft x 16 ft) is a valuable asset. On all of our trips, the tarp goes up first, then the tent under one corner of it. This allows a good sized dry area to relax, cook, store gear, get some shade, etc. This also is packed in a dry bag.
We tried to find a tarp with this size made of ripstop nylon. No luck, so we made one. (See DIY GEAR at right)
Bahco Folding Wood Saw
Hatchets & Axes are too heavy and hard to pack.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
If you are off the water with enough time to cook supper in daylight, the only use you will have for a light after dark could be reading, or going for a "bathroom break". A headlamp will suffice.
Rocky Stretch GORE-TEX Oversocks
I have yet to find a truly waterproof pair of boots (other than hip-waders). These "oversocks" are a bit expensive, but really do the job. I have a pair of "canoe" boots that I use only on trips. I wear them when on the water and they do get wet. My system is to wear regular socks and the boots on the water and when I get to camp, if the socks are wet, I put a dry pair of socks on with the Gore-Tex socks over them and put my wet boots back on. My feet, especially at night, are warm and dry.
Seattle Sports Camp Shower from MEC or
Woods Portable Camping Shower from Canadian Tire
This can be hung from the same ropes as the food hang. (Food Storage - Wildlife Page)