Practicing Minimalism Camping : Progress Report
The first camp of the season has passed. Our Canada Day plans included a stay in Riding Mountain National Park, which went off without a hitch. Truthfully, we didn't REALLY camp so much as we woke up and went to sleep in a campground. Only two meals were made and eaten at camp. The rest of the time we enjoyed the town of Clear Lake which is basically a cute cottage/resort town with lots of shops and restaurants. Not exactly roughing it.
Still, I packed thoughtfully enough, knowing going into it that I'd be making note of what we forgot, what we didn't really need. Things were going well with me organizing what went in the Boler and Todd bringing things out to me. When it got to the heavy lifting, Todd took over to pack up the foldable BBQ and camp chairs. That's where things got a bit muddled.
It wasn't until we arrived to unpack that I realized we had somehow brought 2 lounge chairs, 2 beach chairs, and 3 extra foldable chairs for a total of 7 chairs between 4 people! Haha! REEEAALL minimal.
There were a few more accidental extras like a rubbermaid bin full of extra camp stuff, mostly tenting things like an air mattress along with a beach tent and umbrella that never got used. There were about 3 extra beach blankets and 2 extra towels. I doesn't seem like much, but in total all the extra stuff would have filled our hatch up. In the end, I was frustrated packing up and managing extra stuff while trying to beat out the rain.
The packing problems were a result of us not communicating properly and switching jobs mid-pack. I have a solution to the problem though. First, it's time to itinerary everything that's in each storage compartment in the Boler, placing them in the bench bins and cupboards based on the order in which they are used, and how often we need to take them in and out. Secondly, I'll do the same with the big storage totes, marking purpose and what's in each bin so we don't have to guess each time around. It'll take some time, but luckily school's out, and time during the next few weeks is pretty plentiful. Next post, I should be able to share some more positive progress on my goal to practice minimalism camping in our little vintage Boler trailer. Wish me luck! Suggestions are always welcome!