Today I did one of my final trial runs before heading out on the trip. The goal of this exercise is to pack everything up and then go out and make camp. It is critical to go through all the steps you would on a normal day to insure that everything is packed in the kit. Even though I have this down to a science, switching over to a short B.O.B trailer instead of an 18 foot kayak is a bit of a challenge. I am having to really slim things down and totally re-think the concept of 're-use'.
Re-use is the art of having individual pieces of gear and clothing do double duty. The more you can double up things, the less gear you need to carry. I am discovering that the B.O.B. gear bag is about the size of a large Blue Ikea bag, which is perfect for me. However, in the Kayak I always had the day hatch to store some of my less critical, but 'must have' items. Things like my repair kit, tools, and first aid pack. Now, I don't have a day hatch to hold things in, so for the most part it all needs to fit in the B.O.B bag.
The exception to this is the use of two Salsa Anything cages which will mount at the back of the trailer and carry a few items to help eliminate bulk from the larger bag. I am still working out what gets moved out, although I know that one of the bags will contain my Tarp/Ropes/Stakes thus making it possible for me to arrive at camp, set up my tarp, and get dry, all without having to open up the main bag. After my next trial run I will decide what goes in the other cage, but I am leaning towards my rain gear and some warm extras like gloves, hats, etc.