In my comments to bedrolling I said, "no issues at all if someone wants to camp in a RV or VW beetle van ....... if they want to carry a 120 litre bergen thats down to them and their back (skills aside) - I often use one as you know. I also often use a LK35 depending on my mood and what I want to do, the skills come into it in as much as I am not limited to one choice, I can have the full Ray Mears Style outfit or just a blanket, a knife and a billy can"
The key sentence there is "skills come
into it in as much as I am not limited to one choice," now I couldnt get out this weekend so i thought I'd think laterally and have a play at home. If someone didnt want to carry a bedroll but liked the idea of, or needed guidance to help them, going minimal how could this help?
Obviously I can not suggest a replacement for learning the skills - skills can only be learnt by doing, and if your fear of going minimalist is due lack of skills you know the answer to your dilemma! If your fear of going minimalist is just down to comfort thats a different matter, although I would say comfort is relative. But with average skills most people can strip down their kit and live comfortably in the woods, after all our ancestors managed it and as a soldier I would often live in the woods for weeks at a time with only the clothes on my back, a sleeping bag, mat, tarp, metal mug and one warm top almost everything else I carried was military equipment!!
I filmed a video genetic kit list (.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnE_Es5u4nI&feature=g-upl) about 2 years ago and this list is still pretty much the same so works as a good guide line even today.
So lets say the idea of the bedroll and haversack isnt for you, lets say you want to or prefer to carry a pack on your back - is this a problem?? No, of course not (although one thing I have found bedrolling is that you dont get a sweaty back like you do with a rucksack!) its the minimalist principle, the use of skils rather than kit dependancy is what matters.
Now to give you an idea of the space used by a bedroll and haversack I tried repacking my entire rig into a daysack. And my kit fitted comfortably into a 30 litre Artis patrol pack in its entirity!!
This said maybe the "bedrolling" tag was wrong and "bushcraft minimalism" might be more to the point - but the fact remains - whether you go for a bedroll or a daysack, minimal kit free's you from the tyranny of kit dependancy and teaches you the importance of skills not kit!