We all had/have our doubts about whether our increased amount of gear would/will fit inside Fred this year. As I’ve been working my way though the seemingly endless checklist of things to be done a “test pack” of Fred was one that I’d been dreading. With our journey into the world of backpacking comes the addition of four massively large backpacks that somehow would need to be crammed into a space that was already pretty full. With Molly out getting a haircut, and Ellie at soccer practice, Zoe and I began loading up all the bags we would need to bring with us. We crammed them full of pillows, blankets, and towels to simulate the overstuffed size they will all surely have, and optimistically began with a clean slate.

The space we have to work with

We closed off the hidden storage below the trunk since that will be reserved for food, then added our blue duffels. The two cubic feet of space in these blue bags is the individual allotment we each get for clothes and any other personal items needed for the summer. They also stack really well. For camping gear, last year we brought a large rubbermaid container. However, since we have the packs this year that option is out and the tents/sleeping bags/pads/etc instead will be wedged right into the packs. This was my biggest area of concern, but amazingly the space taken up seems to be about equal to the rubbermaid.

Sizing up our task

We added the last of the blue bags and the other two packs which pretty well filled the back “row”. I think both Zoe and I were amazed at this point at how much space there still seemed to be. We pressed on though adding a large box to simulate the water tank we carry, our cooler, our laundry bag (which is actually an overestimation of size since as things go into it they’re coming out of other places), and our electronics bag. Also notice the empty space to the left where our shoes will go.

Almost there

Triumphantly we added in the last few items: a toiletry bag, a miscellaneous bag, our day packs, and trekking poles. I’m not sure how it’s possible but there even seems to be a little wiggle room to play with!

It Fit!

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  1. I knew you could do it. You guys have a lot of experience at this kind of thing. Bet you can’t wait to get started. Safe travels my friends.

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