Away From It All: Packing List

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As part of my ongoing quest to explore the midwestern area around Chicago (remember, last year I went here?), I am excited to report that my next adventure will be staying for a bit in a little house in Northwest Michigan – an area I have yet to explore! There will be lots of fishing, hiking, and canoeing in and around the many rivers in the area, along with cooking, camp-firing, and general laziness. This spot’s brochure promises that it’s a place to be “Away From It All”. As such, I must make sure I pack the necessites, and here they are:


  • Head Gear: Bandanas to pull back hair, sun hats for shading, and warmer beanie hats for the cool nights. Don’t forget sunglasses!
  • Backpack: To fill up with snacks and such on the hikes
  • Shoes: Hike worthy shoes/boots, fishing boat worthy shoes, comfy travel/loungy shoes.


  • Sweatshirts
  • Socks
  • T-shirts (long and short sleeved)
  • Swimsuits
  • Pants and Shorts
  • Underthings


  • Electronics + Chargers
  • Portable Record Player + Records
  • Water Containers for Hikes
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Sleeping bag / mats
  • Sleeping cot / Air Mattress
  • Life vests


  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Brush
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Deodorant
  • Face Cleanser
  • Prescriptions / Vitamins
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Pain Relievers, Thermometer)


  • Aluminum Foil
  • Veggie Peeler
  • Paper Towels
  • Garbage Bags
  • Granola Bars
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Some Pamela’s for baking
  • Olive Oil / Balsamic Vinegar / Dried Herbs / Pepper & Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Good Chocolate



Am I forgetting anything?

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