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There's nothing like paring down material goods to the esentials. Some people think it should all fit in a room, a car, or perhaps a r-v.

How many pairs of pants does a person need to own at any one time?

I used about half the stuff I brought, amazingly, even a sewing machine and laptop. Never used my solo tent, just a tarp. Didnt use a single fancy outfit, nor a single pair of shorts (too cold!), never the wetsuit (for river running in a kayak, I thought), or my bike helmet, but wore out my cook's socks and shoes .

Shoulda left my chef's coats home, ended up using theirs only, cause the stains were unavoidable.

Wished I had a fitted twin bed sheet, my blanket from home was nice, not needed, really.

A few favorite shirts, warm jacket, hat and gloves are must haves.

I used my rain suit a couple times early season, and an umbrella a few times too. Lots of Lotion and chapstick. It was really dry in Yellowstone.

It was nice not to have too much stuff, cause it all ends, and everything has to be packed up. Amazingly, the free boxes overflowed with all sorts of accumulations from dorm dwellers.

Minimalism is your friend.

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Comment by Alan M. Lev on April 24, 2010 at 9:44pm
I agree with you...find I'm bringing 2 suitcases, 1 backpack, 1 computer, my kitchen-tools toolbox, and a small carry-on filled with music and electronics...need to condense the 2 suitcases, but then I'm over the 50 pound limit both Amtrak and Greyhound have. This next job I'll do something different...which I say every year.
Comment by Carol on April 11, 2010 at 9:57am
That is true, Ken. Thanks for pointing that out. Same thing sleeping in shelters on the Applachian Trail in the Smokies. No killing any wildlife. NONE.
Comment by aggie71 on April 11, 2010 at 4:55am
The park will never be the same after Marie :-)
Comment by ken horner on April 10, 2010 at 9:47pm
ya know that in the park it is illegal to kill that mouse. you can go to jail for it!
Comment by Marie on April 10, 2010 at 3:50pm
One more day to gooooo. Yippee.
Comment by Marie on April 10, 2010 at 3:48pm
Dead serious. I read something online about a guest at the Mammoth Hotel having mouse problems, how the mice ran up the curtains and one even got on the bed and bit his friend. He wrote a comment online saying the hotel ran out of mouse traps, and further that he and his friend were given a different room. Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my. I'm just being prepared.
Comment by aggie71 on April 10, 2010 at 3:41pm
Marie .... you're kidding about the mousetraps & peanut butter....right?
Comment by Marie on April 10, 2010 at 2:27pm
I'm sure I'll have a bunch to contribute to the free box when I go home. I'll be happy if I don't use the two mouse traps and peanut butter bait I'm bringing.
Comment by Franklin on April 9, 2010 at 4:59pm
Just have to say amen, It is nice to have some of the little things. But I hear of some people bringing T.V.'s and the such. I don't know for me I am trying to get away from that kinda stuff. So I try to bring just the basics.

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