Comfort Items

Questions about equipment and supplies to bring on a trip (including reviews).

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Comfort Items

Post by Kevinl » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:47 pm

I've always packed or paddled on the island, but in a couple weeks (May 10) I'm going to visit the island with some friends and our plan is to base camp at Windigo and enjoy some trail running (if we want) everyday. I was just posting our trip itinerary and wrote that I'm looking forward to being able to have comfort items (I'll only be carrying my gear to from the dock to Washington Creek. What's funny is that after thinking of a camp chair and a book or two, I'm drawing blanks for what those comfort items might be, things that I can bring because weight isn't an issue. What would your comfort items be?


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Re: Comfort Items

Post by Midwest Ed » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:18 pm

I guess the first question is, "What can't you live without vs. what are you wanting to get away from? Sometimes they are same thing."

For me:
1) Extra camera equipment, especially a tripod
2) Small cooler with lots of dry ice to allow for some nice fresh food of choice.
3) Nice pillow.
4) Extra clothes, extra running shoes.
5) And if your'e really feel'in it, a screened in Gazebo canopy big enough to hold a picnic table.

I would have added extra cash but the store won't be open yet.
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Re: Comfort Items

Post by JerryB » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:46 am

How about a hammock to relax in? More cooking supplies for more adventurous cooking. Fishing gear.

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Re: Comfort Items

Post by jrwiesz » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:28 pm

A lightweight cot, outdoor shower set-up with tarp surround.
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Re: Comfort Items

Post by Kevinl » Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:14 am

Great ideas. I'll definitely bring extra camera stuff, extra running shoes (it's spring and they will soak), possibly a hammock, which then precludes the cot. The shower sounds fun but I will bathe in the big lake.

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Re: Comfort Items

Post by jrwiesz » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:54 am

If using the shelter for base, I would include a tarp for a wind break.

I used my tent as a tarp one night, at Todd Harbor shelter, to negate wind and sideways rain.
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Re: Comfort Items

Post by Midwest Ed » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:22 pm

Another thing you might want to consider is going FULL luxury by staying at a Windigo Camper Cabin.

AC outlets
Propane grill
Bunk beds with mattresses
Kitchen table with chairs
Futon couch
Reasonable price
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Re: Comfort Items

Post by fonixmunkee » Sun May 01, 2016 5:11 am

Slippers, whiskey, camp chair.
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Re: Comfort Items

Post by IncaRoads » Sun May 01, 2016 10:00 pm

@fonixmunkee You forgot cigars!


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Re: Comfort Items

Post by Kevinl » Mon May 02, 2016 9:40 pm

This is great.

I've been thinking about that tarp as a windbreak and it might happen. I've used my rainfly that way before.

I didn't think those cabins are available until the store opens. Who knows, we might just sneak into one. Oh who am I fooling? I love the Washington Creek view.

fonix I'm going full blown lawn chair, maybe even something that works like a recliner. Slippers sound right too, maybe even my furry Chewbacca ones. Not sure about the whiskey, though it's a great idea, just not for me. The way I drink I might end up burning the whole island down. No matter how much I practiced at booze I kept getting worse at it. That means more for the rest of you.

Keep the ideas rolling.

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Re: Comfort Items

Post by hooky » Wed May 11, 2016 1:09 pm

Fresh food and a coleman stove to go with the tarp, pillow, cigars, slippers and camp chair. With just the 1/4+ mile hump to Washington Creek, I'd be eating like a wilderness king.

I could see a small backpack cooler for frozen steaks, brats, burgers, etc... in your future.


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Re: Comfort Items

Post by gcloud » Sat May 14, 2016 6:09 pm

Last year I took a pair of binoculars (there was a total lunar eclipse super moon), a pair of Crocs to wear around camp and get wet while my boots dried and aired out, and my hammock (in addition to my tent). I've done this for all my trips, and I know lightweighters would ridicule this but I love to have both. Unless it's pouring, I will always set up the hammock for napping, hanging out, reading, and sleeping in if there is no risk of rain. Or hell, if it looks like it might rain, I'll sleep in it anyway and then just get up and go into my already-set-up tent once the rain comes down. Why not? I can use my tent to store my stuff as well if I'm not sleeping there to keep it away from squirrels. If I happen to get a free shelter, I have amazing options.

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Re: Comfort Items

Post by DonNewcomb » Tue May 24, 2016 1:48 pm

A cork that will stopper a 1 3/4" hole.


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Re: Comfort Items

Post by Tightlines01 » Wed May 25, 2016 1:20 pm

DonNewcomb wrote:A cork that will stopper a 1 3/4" hole.
I give..... Haven't figured out what this would be for.... Care to enlighten?


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Re: Comfort Items

Post by Gwest1 » Thu May 26, 2016 5:08 am

The utility sink at the Windigo laundry. (I'm guessing.)

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