Packing for your Epic Adventure…

I’ve had a few opportunities in the recent past to go adventuring with the Bearshield (aka my hubs) and I’ve learning a few things along the way. First and foremost – he packs all the necessities aside from my clothing and toiletries and if he didn’t, we’d be screwed. Like, epically screwed. I wasn’t even thinking about needing things like a can opener, towels, or a handheld air pump until they magically appeared in my camp.

I opted to pack my toiletries and clothing in 2 Tupperware containers which has been very handy both for stacking purposes and for dirty, rainy, windy conditions.  Also, organization and my ability to find what I need (I opt for clear containers). And that time in Utah when a naughty mouse inhabited our car and ate our trail mix – mice can’t chew through Tupperware. I could go on and on but take my word for it – packing in Tupperware is the way to go.

I’ve compiled a comparison of our packing lists below so you can imagine the level of our screwed-ness if we only relied on what I packed:

Val’s packing list:

  • 6 pairs of stretchy pants in a variety of wild prints
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 2 puffy down jackets
  • 1 faux fur coat
  • 5 tank tops
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 4 sweatshirts
  • 12 pairs of undies
  • 10 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of Sorel rainboots
  • 1 pair of running shoes
  • 1 pair of flipflops
  • 1 bathingsuit
  • 3 sports bras
  • 2 regular bras
  • Make-up (ALL the make-up!)
  • Variety of wrinkle creams
  • Facewash
  • Hair dryer, curling iron, and hair straightener (WHY???)
  • Bodywash
  • Loofa
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Perfume (I know, I know)
  • Dry shampoo
  • Body lotion
  • Nail polish
  • Wine opener

Bearshield’s packing list:

  • Cookware – 2 pots, 2 pans, cook stove, propane, cooler, measuring cups, cutting boards, dish soap, Tupperware, etc. (literally, I don’t even know)
  • Cooking stuff – spices, sugar, olive oil, etc. (why would I know, I don’t cook…)
  • French press and coffee
  • Lighters
  • Headlamps
  • Chargers of all shapes and sizes (smart!)
  • 6 solar-powered Luci lights
  • Car emergency stuff – oil, spare tire, jumper cables
  • Cutlery – knives, forks, spoons, spatula, wooden spoon, whisk, etc. (again, still don’t know the depth of his preparedness)
  • Plates, bowls, cups in various shapes, sizes, materials
  • Towels – dish towels, bath towels
  • Camping gear – 2 tents (1 for backpacking), 2 sleeping bags, 2 comforters, air mattress, mattress pad, sheets, pillows
  • Backpacking gear – 4 backpacks (2 for day hikes), small stove, small propane tanks, light tent, 2 sleeping pads, 2 waterproof sacks
  • Camera gear
  • Clothes (although seriously not that many, he always wears the same outfit which consists of Lululemon ABC pants and a knit sweater)
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • Cowboy hat
  • Camp chairs
  • Hammock
  • Laybags
  • Food
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Liquor

So there you have it. Without Nick “Bearshield” Wheatley I would be sitting on the ground, hungry and cold (although looking very stylish in my colorful stretchy pants).

Lessons learned:

  • When packing for any camping trip – make a list, a very THOROUGH list. And it’s probably best for the first night of your camping adventure to camp in a Walmart parking lot – just in case.
  • Or take someone with you that will pack everything.

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