packing for a zero waste, real food, walk-in camping trip


TRAVEL STATS

Two people
Four Days, three nights
Camping in Leavenworth, Washington,
a small Bavarian-themed town nestled in the Cascade Mountains along Highway 2.


After a week of planning (and months of excitement), we have finally gotten to try out our camping kit. It took a bit more orchestrating than most trips because of my dietary restrictions, our zero waste goals, and our (happy) lack of a car. But you know? It proved to be far easier than I had hoped and actually made for smoother travel.

The restrictions we set ourselves proved to (as usual) boost our creativity and enjoyment of the experience. Each step forced us to slow down and enjoy where we were from riding the train as it twisted and turned through the mountains to taking time over breakfast to walking to and from town each day.

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We snagged Seattle's lightrail to the train station and boarded the Empire Builder, an Amtrak train route that goes all the way to Chicago (and yes, that trip is absolutely on my future travel list). We got off the train at Leavenworth's station and walked about a mile to our campsite which was about another mile from town.

It proved to be the perfect testing ground for our gear. With a grocery store across the street from our campsite and town close at hand, all manner of things could have gone wrong without any love lost.

Sure the RV set looked at us funny as we arrived with our packs filled and shoes dirty but we generally get odd looks...something I happen to take to mean that we're doing things just different enough to be right.

I have also never been more pleased with what I've taken on a trip. I would pare down on clothes if I knew what the weather would be like but other than that it felt spot on. Here's what we had with us:

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THE BASICS

two packs | the same ones we use around the city

two sleeping bags | tiny pack size, tiny price, oh so very warm

two sleeping pads | a must with rocks and cold ground

one tent | because this one has everything you need for two people and their packs

toiletries | I brought this kit as always

wool blanket | not necessary, but so nice for warmth and for make-shift pillows

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THE KITCHEN

a classic mess kit | a pot with lid, clamp handle, bowl, and frying pan all in a lovely compact package...sturdy and still pristine after my grandfather used them for decades.

two napkins | also perfect for "table" clothes, makeshift food bags, and drying dishes

salt and pepper shaker | a vintage hand-me-down

a wooden spoon | don't get caught anywhere without one and thrift it if you can

two sporks | hers and mine

pocket knife | because they're good for everything

spatula pan scraper | it makes cleaning up after fried eggs ever so much easier

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THE STOVE

compact stove | this one is a vintage brass svea stove passed down to me from my father who used it in junior high and beyond. It still works like the first day it was lite.

lighter | because a long-necked lighter is far easier than a match for reaching into the depths of a stove

priming alcohol | warms the stove and improves fuel efficiency

fuel | whatever your stove calls for

THE COFFEE AND TEA

whole bean coffee | local beans all the way

coffee grinder | we chose this one for its ceramic burr, stainless exterior, and adjustable grind

coffee brew method of choice | currently a hand-me-down french press

tea | pg tips is my go-to right now

two mugs | unbreakable and a perfect twelve ounces for getting zero waste drinks on the go...hers and mine

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THE SURVIVAL GEAR

a lantern flashlight | white, red, or SOS light as a torch or a lantern.

matches in a waterproof case | because you never know

compass and thermometer | and throw a carabeener in there for good measure

clothesline | make a shelter or dry your dish cloth with this guy

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THE FIRST AID

bug repellent | leftover from a previous trip pre-zero waste efforts. I'll be snagging some citronella essential oil when it runs out.

pain meds and charcoal | for headaches, scratches, hives, and food slip-ups

bandaids | because I'm still working on using up a pack I got a while back

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THE CLOTHES

one pair of pants and one pair of shorts

one pair of leggings

one short sleeve shirt and one long sleeve shirt

pajama top

two sets of underthings

one rain jacket

one sweater

one windproof hat

two pairs of socks

walking shoes

camp sandals

two bandannas

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THE CREATIVE EXTRAS

watercolors and a note pad | for when you can sit in front of those stunning views for a while

camera | for when you can't sit in front of that stunning view for a while

notebook | perfect for travel plans and future dream listing


Posts on the food we took are in the works.

Find our itinerary right over here at Train Camping in Leavenworth, Washington.