You can feel dirty when you go minimalist camping. When you get to your campsite after hiking for a few hours, having to go bushwhacking to find a spot to set up your tent, cleaning your camp, organizing it, collecting and chopping firewood, hanging a bear bag, and so on, you might get a little bit dirty. I love backpacking, kayaking and spending time outdoors and I still like to feel clean and pampered when participating in those activities. But, Nick is also worried about how much gear we are bringing. He doesn’t want me to overload myself by bringing a bunch of non-essential beauty products. So as a happy medium, I have one small toiletry bag that I bring on all of our minimalist camping trips. Moreover, I have created a list of all the items I keep in my toiletry bag. I believe that all these items are essential to feel papered while living in the bush for a few days.
I’m pretty simple when it comes to my meal plan’s for minimalist camping. I have found recipes that are easy to whip up, without a lot of prep and still taste pretty good when you are out on the trail. Nick and I are always satisfied!
Kayaking the Indian Arm:
During the summer of 2015 my uncle, Nick and I decided to go on our first kayaking adventure. We launched from Rocky Point Park, in Coquitlam BC, paddling down the Indian Arm. This was Nick and I’s first overnight kayaking trip. I did a little bit of training for the trip but didn’t realize the difference in paddling with an empty boat compared to paddling with a boat loaded with enough camping gear for three days. It took awhile for my arms to get adjusted to the burning feeling.