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Image How much do I really need to take with me?
By Lance Gardner on September 7, 2010

As we get ready to have a grand outdoor adventure, how much do we really need to take with us? You might be surprised, but all your necessities for the day can actually be packed into a bag that is not too big. This is also an announcement of a new title for this cubit: Family Fun - Wireless & Unplugged. So share your ideas, and let's have fun without screens, buttons, wires, headsets, videos and other mind numbing distractions.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Sep 7, 2010 5:57 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thank you for sharing, Lance! You are a great father!
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
ImageSharon
Sep 7, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And from me too, Lance!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Sep 7, 2010 6:42 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Great article Lance!

Stuff can weigh us down so much. I like being prepared, but can always improvise in most cases. I try to take things that can do double duty and if possible, wear a fanny pack to hold it all. Carpenter style jeans/shorts with pockets can come in quite handy too. I dress in layers in the fall and spring and make sure that I can tie the long sleeve shirt or jacket around my waist. My camera also makes most trips and I like to put it on my belt with the holder I found that will take a belt.

Being a Maw Maw I like to take my granddaughter out and found out that the less stuff we have, the less we really need. :-)

Janet



ImageTwinLakesChef
Sep 7, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Also love the new name for your cubit!
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
ImageAguane
Sep 7, 2010 9:22 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Down and dirty... A Hit!
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageLance
Sep 8, 2010 7:27 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I am glad you are all enjoying it, and thanks for supportive comments and compliments.
We are currently raising monarch butterflies, and I hope to share that adventure sometime next month, as well. I find many of the butterflies are lost to wasps and other predators, so I thought it would be fun to save some this year and see how they do.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagestormyla
Sep 8, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
This is a very nice article Lance. Carrying few possessions outdoors is very liberating. It makes you so much more aware of what's going on around you without distractions by "stuff".
ImageElena
Sep 11, 2010 4:40 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
This is a great article and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We used to do this sort of thing with our kids when they were young and have many great memories of those days. I had 5 years of girl scout leadership and three of cub scout leadership during those years and spent much time teaching the kids and their parents such things as you have written here in your article. I also had several years of teaching craft classes in the summer to a mixed group of children and adults and I taught lots of practical things to that group also. I read somewhere once that all Japanese babies are born with a camera. I thought that was funny considering the fact that many Japanese people that you see have cameras with them all the time, especially now that they can take pictures with their phones. I think that having a camera along on outings with children is a given. The mind can't remember the details of such outings nearly as well as the camera can save them for us.

Keep up the good work on your articles. You are a great writer and are so detailed in your descriptions of your well thought ideas.

One of the things I always took on outings was some plastic bags. I usually had several sizes for carrying home different things found along the way. Each person usually had one large folded garbage bag that could be used as a raincoat in really bad downpours when we didn't really want to get wet. Bread bags work well on shoes for this too. Also, a very small first aid kit is good to have with small items inside. If mosquitoes or chiggers are a problem, we always sprayed our clothing ahead of time and put it in a plastic bag for a short while to make sure everything was covered. Then we only had to use Off on our exposed areas of skin. I hate that stuff but it works better than getting eaten alive by bugs. One of my kids' favorite snacks was what the scouts called a walking salad. It was a cored apple stuffed with peanut butter and put in a small plastic baggie. That one gave them plenty of energy. Be sure to take one for yourself cause you will need the energy too. Taking plenty of water is important too. I remember one very hot summer when we were hiking in the Smokey Mts. we had our water bottles (the water was warm by that time) along of course but we met someone who was really prepared for the heat. They gave us each a frosty cold can of apple juice they had extra since they were on their way down and we were on our way up. It felt like we were out in the dry dessert about then and you have no idea how great that little can of juice tasted. That is one of my good memories that I haven't forgotten. Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of my mind are many of that kind of great memories just waiting for a trigger like your article to be remembered.
ImageLance
Sep 11, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you for the comments - you bring up some good points. I forgot to mention a first aid kit, which I also forget to take with me often. But then, I can always improvise if needed. Last year, a friend got stung by a wasp, so Skye and I went searching for jewel weed and plantain, both known to limit the effect of stings.
I avoid DEET, as I am not convinced about its safety, especially when it is combined with all the other chemicals we are exposed to. Geraniol, derived from geraniums, I will use sometimes, or just cover up. There are bug coats, but when it is 90+, I want little covering me. Yes, we still go out in heat and all sorts of other conditions.
I like the bags idea, and I generally bring a small bag with me, as well, for found treasures. A fanny pack works for carrying snacks and water, and is not as hot as a backpack for shorter walks.
If any more memories come up, please write them in here somewhere before they disappear again.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageElena
Sep 11, 2010 9:17 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I wish I didn't have to use mosquito protection but I am allergic to the bites and they make me miserable. I also am a great host for chiggers and we have lots of both mosquitoes and chiggers here. If I want to work in my yard, which I always want to do, I have no choice unless it is raining or drizzling, chilly or windy. It is hard to do much with those factors prevailing.

Fleeting memories are sometimes hard to capture before they retreat back into those hidden recesses of the mind. I will bear what you say in mind and try to share my wandering thoughts if I don't FORGET! Blinking

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