Writers never really go on vacation, but I recently took a 5-day trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). I’m not talking about car camping. That’s for amateurs. I’m talking five days without movies, internet, video games or a cell phone signal. Five days without a hard roof overhead, hot or cold running water, ice, flush toilets, plush seats, or plush anything. Five days of carrying all my food, clothing and shelter with me, either on my back, or in a canoe.
Five days without a shower wasn’t nearly as bad as five days without Diet Coke. Taking these luxuries away for a few days really makes you appreciate them when you return to civilization.
But there were items that significantly improved my camping experience, and made the trip much more luxurious than it could have been. Make sure to bring these things with you to make your camping experience more like a vacation than homelessness.