Spending time outdoors can provide a lot of health benefits. When you go camping and hunting, your mental and physical health will improve, and your stress levels will decrease. Camping and hunting can also be a great avenue for you to meet new people, and bond with your friends and family. But for you to enjoy all of these things, you need to be prepared for the trip. You should bring all of the necessary equipment and tools for you to live comfortably outdoors.
Being unprepared isn’t only stressful; it can become the reason why your safety will be compromised. To ensure that any of these don’t happen, prepare properly by using resource sites like Outdoorcommand as your guide and by bringing the following:
1. Your Prized Hunting Gear
The gear you bring can influence the success of your hunt. Regardless if you’re an amateur or an experienced hunter, if you brought all of the essential gear with you, it will be a safer, more comfortable and rewarding adventure.
Make sure that all of the hunting gear listed below are loaded in your backpack before heading out:
- Hunting Clothes: The clothes you choose should allow you to move comfortably. Stay clear of clothes that are too baggy as these will be noisy and easier to snag on vegetation while walking. Invest in high-quality hunting clothing including jackets and boots, and choose to wear insulated clothes.
- Weapons: You need to bring the right kind of weapon when hunting. When hunting for deer, Ruger Americans and the Timber Classic Marlin are two of the best rifles you can use today. For bowhunting, look for Bowtech Realm and Prime Logic CT3.
- Compasses and Maps: Sure, you might have planned on using the navigational apps on your phone but keep in mind that network signals are usually scarce outdoors. And what about your phone’s battery life? Avoid taking risks and always pack compasses and maps with you. These tools might seem ancient nowadays, but can be your lifesaver when hunting.
2. First Aid Kit
Regardless of how prepared you are to go camping and hunting, surprises can still happen. Even if you have stayed in the area countless times before, you can still have accidents as well as the usual discomfort from blisters, burns, cuts, twisted ankles and of course, depending on the time of year, insects. It’s hard to enjoy your outdoor experience if you’re suffering from pain. Your first aid kit should always include antibacterial creams, band-aids, a pair of scissors, and a hand sanitizer. Make sure that you bring enough items to make yourself comfortable and safe throughout the entire duration of the trip.
3. Camping Tent And Stakes
When roughing it in the outdoors you’ll need a tent. This is where you’ll sleep and keep all of your valuables whenever you go for a hunt. Ensure your tent is large enough, comfortable, waterproof and able to withstand high winds.
If this is your first time camping, take the time to set up a tent in your back yard first. Carefully read the manual, especially if you don’t have any idea on how to put up the tent. You can practice as often as you want until you familiarize yourself with the entire process. The goal is to set up the tent on your own, so you won’t have any problems when you’re on the actual campsite.
Since a tent requires other things for its assembly (tent footprint, stakes, and poles), make sure to check all of these before leaving. If you’re going to camp during the windy season, bring extra stakes to keep your tent sturdy and attached to the ground.
4. Food And Water
These are some of the most essential items to bring as they can boost your energy and keep you hydrated. Determining the amount of water to bring usually depends on how long are you going to stay outdoors and what kind of activity will be you be doing. If you’re going to hunt in a location far from your campsite, you might need to bring more water. Taking water purification tablets is also a wise choice.
When it comes to food, camping snacks such as energy bars, fruits and trail mixes should always be in your list. For your main meals, there are now recipes that are easy to prepare and don’t require too many ingredients. Some of the meals you can make while camping are banana bread pancakes, grilled chorizo kebabs, and sweet potato bean burger, to name just a few.
The Location Counts
Aside from knowing what items to bring for your next camping and hunting trip, carefully choose your location as well. It should be a safe place for campers and hunters. If possible, research the location you’re eyeing to visit so you’ll know what to expect and what items are necessary for the location.