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Old 09-18-2011   #1
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Things I might leave behind...

I'm headed out on my first multi-night trip and am fearful that I'm going to get out there and realize I didn't think to pack something I'll really want to have along. Any suggestions on little things I might over look would be most appreciated. Oh, it's eight days on Greys/Deso. Thanks!

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Old 09-18-2011   #2
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Just make sure you are covered for food, shelter, warmth, water and safety gear. Generally two days or eight is the same gear for me just more food and fuel for eight. Add your list and then folks will probably be able to have a few suggestions.

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Old 09-18-2011   #3
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I would check here on the Buzz, to get a current bug report. I was glad to have a head net on my trip last year. With all the wet weather this summer?

Make sure you have a plan for 8 days of trash. I use trash compator bags inside a sq. 5 gal bucket w/ lid. I use the buckets for bulky dry goods (bread, chips, etc) on the way in and trash on the way out. I can even run them through the dishwasher if I remove the top rack. I sure hate needing to carry trash out in a cooler or nice dry bag.

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Old 09-18-2011   #5
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Hand lotien is a must as the water will dry up your skin. A head lamp is great for reading in the tent when the weather is inclimate. Good quality rain gear works for rain and splash protection on the boat. Dry shoes and warm socks are great in camp at night.
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Old 09-18-2011   #6
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Are you certain you're bringing enough beer?

It's a great trip, have a good time. Unless you're going solo, your group will probably end up bringing enough stuff for 16 days.
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Old 09-18-2011   #7
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I got back from Deso/Gray last Monday. Bugs weren't that bad. The one little thing I forgot, and really regretted forgetting, was chap stick with sun block. I burned the crap out of my lips.
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Old 09-18-2011   #8
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Make sure you have enough TP and groover space. Some people tend to use much more TP than others. Bring an extra hat, Deso's winds are brutal and losing a head cover isn't nice. Alum spice is very helpful to settle Deso's silty water, you can get it at any spice isle at a grocery store. Make sure you have a good spare for your car (and trailer). The road to Sandwash was in the most worst condition I have ever seen it and we went in August this year. Get an indian permit, 8 days would most likely put you on the left side one of the days. A hammock might be nice. Extra batteries for sure for gps/flash lights.
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Old 09-18-2011   #9
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Similar to what Ken said, take some rubber boots to wear at camp and for boat loading in the morning, especially if the weather is crappy.
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Old 09-18-2011   #10
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+1 on the bug protection (spray, head net, bug jacket), hand cream, comfy camp shoes, good sun hat & back-up hat, comfy camp chair, head lamp, a good book, hiking shoes & day pack if you're going to do some hikes, good river guide, and a sun shower or a small collapsible bucket for bathing.
Good safety gear & folks who know how to use it goes without saying.
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