Re: Camping Gear
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 11:32:42 -0500
At 02:31 PM 10/4/95 EDT, Don Izard wrote:
> When we are 'CAR' camping, I normally carry a duffle bag, and not
> a frame back. Duffle bags FIT in car trunks much nicer, and do
> less damage to tents etc. I also carry a soft day back, for a
> canteen, rain gear, frist aid and flash lights etc.
> What do others think of leaving the pack frame at home, unless
> you will be back backing?
I, too, have started using a duffle bag or overnight bag when 'CAR' camping
for similar reasons. If I know that the vehicle will be close by (less than
1/4 mile) it is convenient not to have the pack.
OTOH, I usually recommend the boys stay with the packs. A number of reasons
1) all your camping gear stays in the pack and has a home there. They do
not have to remember where they left the mess kit or the flashlight, etc. .
. After each trip, they clean their gear and stow it back in the pack till
2) unforseen changes in itinery. While I am usually aware of all such
changes, I do not always have the luxury of passing this information to all
the Scouts. If we need to change things such that we will be hiking in
instead of driving in (i.e., road had been washed out), the Scouts will be
3) organization. A pack is usually better layed out to organize a Scouts
gear. There's a pocket to keep their poncho where it can be quickly reached
and a section for their mess kit and other non-clothes items. The sleeping
bag and mat are attached directly to the frame and do not need to be carried
seperately. The Scouts will spend less time looking for gear in a properly
packed pack than in an open duffle bag.
4) personally easier for me to stow in my van. While those of you with
cars will probably find it easier to stow duffle bags and sleeping bags
seperately in your cars, with my van I find it easier to stack or stand
packs up behind the back seat. Seperate bags tend to fall out easier when I
open the back door to retrieve them. Standing the packs up works extremely
well when dropping the Scouts off. Since the gear is usually not stowed in
any particular order, it is easier when dropping the Scouts off if each pack
is accessible when I open the rear door. My personal gear is always stowed
(whether pack or bag) under the rear seat out of the way of the Scouts gear.
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