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Old 07-08-2015   #1
Durango, Colorado
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MFS 8 Day Trip Planner

Hey Ladies,
What is that one thing you wish you had/ were so glad you had on an 8 day MFS trip? I have only been on 3-4 day trips so far and have the basics (sarong, personal hygiene stuff etc...) but wondering what that one thing I haven't thought of is that just makes a trip like this even more awesome!

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Old 07-08-2015   #2
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Maybe I'm out of my element here but my wife seems to go through about two gallons of lotion on multiday trips.

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Old 07-08-2015   #3
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From doing multiple 8 day trips with my wife - bring pads or tampons or whatever you use. They are dammed expensive at the B. Never fails, even when she thinks it's not time.

Ditto the lotion. Also something like bag balm, desitin or vaseline for foot cracking. And if you haven't been wearing sandals all the time - moleskin in case of chafing. And aloe.

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Old 07-08-2015   #4
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Originally Posted by Levep View Post
glad you had on an 8 day MFS trip?
My wife says a bucket and shampoo so that she can dip water out of the hot springs to wash her hair, and a change of clothes to leave in the car so that she has clean clothes for the trip home.
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Old 07-08-2015   #5
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My friends wife is not much of a camper, but i think what gets her to go boating is the solar shower. That thing is awesome a few days into a trip.
Funny so far all the responses are from guys.
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Old 07-08-2015   #6
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Guys that very much want to run the middle fork? Hmm. Not up for grabs, butt i do want to run the middle fork......
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Old 07-08-2015   #7
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Wet wipes, pee jar for the tent, zip-lock baggie for small trash in tent (wet wipes), nail clippers, extra batteries for headlamps, etc., and especially (as has been mentioned) lots of lotion.
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Old 07-08-2015   #8
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A small pee bucket for the tent is a must. Either a solar shower or a bucket for bathing. Because you are spending a large part of the day in wet paddle clothing, baby powder and some sort of anti-fungal cream can be life savers in case of skin irritation or yeast infection. I often bring a hammock along for lounging.
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Old 07-08-2015   #9
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Ditto to all of the above with this addition-

Small cooler stocked with dry ice and...wait for cubes for cocktails. I rig it on the bottom in the back- never sees the light of day until camp. BEST EVER for that first camp cocktail....

Also- fun sarong for camp and quick changes...something about a sarong just says 'vacation!!!'
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Old 07-08-2015   #10
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My wife (and everyone else I do multi-day trips with) love hot face cloths in the morning. If you can, keep them a secret, then on the first morning, dunk in hot water and hand to folks as they come down for coffee in the morning. Get a few dozen and you'll be the hero of the trip (at least until after coffee!). On longer trips, bring some laundry soap and use a little bleach from the kitchen box for layover day laundry. A throw bag works as a clothesline. When they're dry, roll them up and store in a big ziploc.

Awhile back I picked up a bunch at Costco that were really plush - no one complained about tripcosting them. Look for them when you're shopping for the trip. If you get colored ones, make sure they're color fast before you use them or it can be a little clownish.


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