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.
Essential Items to Carry in Your Bag
- Small survival kit (matches, compass, small first aid kit, blister kit, pain killers)
- Light rain gear
- Extra knife and sharpening stone
- Head lamp
- Cotton handkerchiefs
- Bug repellent
- Water bottle, water tablets and/or water filters
- Snacks (power bars, Wilderness Athlete, power gels)
- Extra socks
- Mini leatherman
- Digital camera
- Garbage bags x 3
- Nylon cord
- 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.