We each carry a large MEC backpack. In those packs are dry bags, stuff sacs, compression bags, bags for the stoves, bags for the clothes, bags for the food, bags for the garbage. Bags inside of bags.
In the early spring of 2014 we both got new backpacks at MEC. I had previously used my son's, but he headed off to Australia for a year and took his big backpack with him. The nerve! I now have the MEC Aurora 75 and I'm very happy with it.
A couple of the features I really like about my bag is the swivel hip belt and the ability to open it like a duffle bag with a zipper, not just through the top. It holds a lot and distributes the weight well making it easier to carry. We got LT a new pack too. It was his birthday present, but it arrived a bit early.
|His 'n Hers Packs - Guess which one is mine?
LT saw a bag that goes under the canoe seat that someone had made. He described it to me and I attempted to recreate a bag that would give him access to a few items while seated in the canoe. Trying to get an item out of our carefully packed huge backpacks in the canoe is a recipe to end up in the drink! In his under-the-seat bag he carries his Nalgene water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. When he's portaging and carrying the canoe on his shoulders, he does not remove this bag from the seat it's attached to.
|Supplies - I used upholstery fabric
|Let me just tuck you in....
This is one of my favourite bags we carry, just because it's very functional. I'm working up to using it as a shower on one of our warmer trips this summer. I think I need to get it some sort of a black plastic sheath to lay it out in the sun to warm up.
|Fill me up with lakewater....
|Shhhhhhhh - they're sleeping!