One of the mot important things I make certain I have with me while heading out into the field, is a positive mental attitude. It is important to have all the right gear and equipment, but I think that mindset is just as important as any paraphernalia. After that, I have a personal list of stuff that can always be found in my backpack while out in the field. A daypack will vary quite a lot from my multi-day backpack. Backpack hunting is a whole different article; this time around we will focus on daypacks and some of the essentials.
Start off with a quality made pack, you will be carrying it for long hours and possibly for quite a few consecutive days, good quality packs will help. The size of the pack is a personal choice, but remember, a 20lb pack feels like 120lb after a long day out. I will list some essentials the can be found on me.
Small survival kit (matches, compass, small first aid kit, blister kit, pain killers)
Light rain gear
Extra knife and sharpening stone
Water bottle, water tablets and/or water filters
Snacks (power bars, Wilderness Athlete, power gels)
Garbage bags x 3
Hunting essentials (licenses, tags, extra ammo)
This is simply a basic list, depending on the hunt or the day’s activity, the equipment list could vary. Heading out in to the field with the proper equipment is a valuable element towards ensuring a successful outdoor adventure.
Mike Hawkridge is the guide outfitter for Tatlow Mountain Outfitters and chief guide for TF Outfitters. Learn more about Mike Hawkridge