Hey Z, have fun on the Backpacking trip. I've got a motorcycle camping trip coming up in a few weeks and am looking forward to that. I still take a few razors and wet shave at campground. You want to see a real puzzled face? I straight razor shave at the campground public showers after my morning shower. Hilarious to watch the guys looking at me wielding a straight razor. I also shave with a straight at my health club in the men's locker room. But they are so used to me straight razor shaving, I no longer get any reactions. I've actually converted a few from disposables to DE razors and one guy to a straight razor. I remember when I first started straight razor shaving. Like Lynn Abram's video I posted earlier in the thread, I just "ever-so-gently" shaved my cheeks, then I used a DE to shave the rest of my face. I started very slowly. It took me a few months to shave my entire face with a straight razor. I have cut myself a few times over the years, but nothing severe. If you take your time and go easy and slow, it's not hard at all. Again, it just takes practice. Prepare the skin with proper lather, hold the razor at the proper angle as Lynn suggests and NEVER push the razor. Let it do the work, and you'll be just fine. BUT, if a DE is your thing, then it's all good. A DE is a fine way to wet shave. I just happen to prefer a straight. Enjoy that backpacking trip!