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MicJo, May 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Great advice from a veteran to a newbie who wants to be prepared. Tell me about the duffle bag. Like I assume it’s rain proof & where did you get it? Thanks Jo

michael, May 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

where does your tent go?

CM, Jul 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I use a giant duffle bag that is not rain proof BUT I pack all of my clothes inside the duffel bag in a big black plastic garbage bag (or two) which I seal tightly every morning- it acts as a make-shift waterproof lining. Extra garbage bags are key…
As for where my tent goes: I personally am a light packer so I can fit my pillow, a light bed roll, and tent inside my duffel (it lays on top of the sealed plastic bag holding all of my clothes). Some people just strap their tent really tightly to the outside of their bag but I don’t want to run any risk of it getting separated. I hope that helps!

Brian, Jul 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I pack each outfit in a 2.5 gallon ziploc bag, that way if your bag has an encounter with water your stuff stays dry.

As for the tent, I wouldn’t recommend packing it in your duffel bag. It will likely be wet every morning (either from rain or dew) and putting a wet tent in your duffel bag is inviting water to come mingle with your dry clothing even if you have it all packed in a water tight bag.

Iowagirlgone, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

What a great idea! Thank you for this…simple but effective!

Kristen Arnold, Jul 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

where do you get those big blue plastic bags?

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