When deciding what to bring on your hunting trip, begin by using the internet to research the area you plan to visit. Find out what there is to do in the area, including lodgings and restaurant options if you are not planning to “live off the land” during your trip. Also consult weather websites in the days leading up to the trip to find out what kind of weather you should expect. Also, well in advance of your trip, don’t forget to check with the local authorities to make sure that you will be able to hunt legally, and be sure to pick up some blaze orange hunting clothing. As you begin to pack for your hunting trip, these five items can be the difference in the success or failure of your trip.
If you are hunting game that you have not hunted previously, take some time to speak to people, either other hunters or sporting goods experts, who know about that animal. Make sure that you have a gun that will be appropriate for hunting the game you are considering. This part of your preparations should come two to three months before you plan to make your trip to give you time to secure and train with the proper weapons.
The mountains can get extremely cold, even during the summer months. Make sure that you have gloves and hats that will keep you warm and dry during your trip. Consider the condition of your feet as well. As you are making your preparations, you should check the average precipitation and look for streams, creeks, or marshes in the area where you plan to hunt. Wet feet not only can make your trip uncomfortable, but they can also make it dangerous as well.
All hunters should take some easily transportable food and water on their trip; even if you plan to eat what you kill, it's important to have other food options available to you, as not every hunting trip goes exactly as planned. The easiest and most space-efficient options are camping food packs that are vacuum-sealed and intended for people without access to fires or cooking equipment. Canned meats and bottled water also work well and take up little space.
Having access to basic first aid supplies on your hunting trip is essential. While you probably don’t need anything extensive, getting a basic kit with gauze, band-aids, disinfectant wipes, and medications for common poisons and bites can help you to make the trip more comfortable if there’s a minor problem. Many camping supply stores carry pre-made first aid kids with everything you need.
Cell phones don’t work everywhere! Some type of walkie-talkie or other communication device is a good idea to take on long hunting expeditions. Being able to get in touch with someone quickly could literally save a life. If your carrier doesn’t get good service in the area where you are visiting, purchasing a disposable cell phone serviced from the best local cell phone company is a good idea. For visiting particularly desolate areas, consider investing in a satellite phone to use in emergencies.