Your hunting gear bag should include everything needed for a successful hunting trip. Extras are always nice, but certain items are essential for your survival in the bush. While you may think you have everything you need, the outdoors tends to be unpredictable. Making sure you have the right items packed in your hunting bag in case anything unplanned comes up can make the difference between a good and dangerous trip. Check out the list below, and you’ll discover items that you may not have realized were necessary for your hunting trip.

 

First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen, and you don’t want to take the risk of not having a kit if one does occur. At a minimum, it should include bandages, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, medicine for colds or pain, paracord, and antibacterial cream. If you don’t have one, get one, and make sure to check it before each outing to ensure it is stocked and up to date.

Water

This should be a given. Water is essential for any hunting trip. Having some water packed is a necessity. You should also include water treatment droplets so that if you get low on water, you’ll be able to collect some, be it from rain or streams, and have the proper equipment to make it drinkable. Flowing streams are the best water source while your deep in the bush.

Nature Calls

Another important item that you may often overlook but is extremely important, toilet paper. You never know when nature is going to call, so you must be ready at all times. Lightweight and doesn’t take up much storage and will also save you a few socks while you’re out there.

Garbage Bag

At least one garbage bag is needed in our tech-driven world. Whether it’s cellphones, rangefinders, GPS, binoculars, or whatever other tech devices you may use while on the hunt, you need something waterproof to store them in, especially if your hunting bag itself isn’t waterproof. An easy way to keep dry!

After Dark

This is probably one of the most forgotten items. It’s easy to forget that the sun will eventually go down, and you may not have initially planned on being out in the dark. This is especially true if you happened to have taken an animal down as the sun is going down. The last thing you want is to be field dressing an animal out in the dark! Carrying multiple light sources can make your trip a bit easier in these situations. There are many options, such as flashlights, handlamps, glowsticks, and more.

Food

Like with water, this should be a given. Whether you plan to be out on the hunt for a few hours or a couple of days, having some food packed is a necessity. Small snacks such as granola bars can keep for a long time. As well, having dehydrated meals packed is a good idea, even if you don’t plan on staying out long. This is especially true if an emergency occurs that prohibits you from returning from the hunting trip as soon as you expected. Wherever you are, preparation is key!

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