What better way to go hunting than camping in the woods. Packing for a combination hunting/camping trip can be challenging because each activity requires you to haul a ton of equipment. However, if you do it right, you can minimize what you need to bring and enjoy your time in the woods. We recommend packing only what you need to be comfortable and necessary items. Check out our checklist below, and feel free to add and subtract as needed.
Hunting Equipment and Gear
First and foremost, if you plan to hunt while you’re camping, you will need to bring your hunting gear. A few of these items will also be multi-purpose and will serve a function while camping too.
- Weapon (compound bow/rifle)
- Game bags
- Warm hat/ball cap
- Rain gear (Gore-Tex)
- Hunting packs
- Flashlight, lantern, head lamps
- Compass or GPS
- Warm socks (wool)
- Long johns
- Scent elimination products
- Water bottle
- Hydration bladder
- Waterproof boots
- Extra batteries
- Gloves (light and heavy)
- Weather radio
- Hunting knife
- Ammo/ Carbon arrows for hunting
- Pocket knife
- Hunting license
- Insulated boots (if camping and hunting in cold weather)
Shelter and Sleeping Gear for Hunting and Camping
When you hit the woods for a hunting and camping trip, you need to plan ahead for shelter. If hunting on private property, you’ll need to think about the terrain. If camping in a public area, you’ll want to make sure you rent your sites ahead of time and plan for shelter accordingly.
- Tent appropriate for your part
- Sleeping bag – Best sleeping bag under $100
- Air mattress
- Duct tape
- Ground cloth
- Sun canopy
- Rug for tent entrance
Personal Items to Bring on a Hunting Camping Trip
You’ll also need to bring personal items to ensure your health and comfort on your trip. Here’s a checklist to get your started.
- Pain reliever
- Personal hygiene products
- Bug spray
- Prescription medication
- Shaving kit (razors and shaving cream)
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Wash cloth
- Car chargers for cell phones, cameras, or GPS equipment
- Moist towelettes/baby wipes
Now that we’ve covered all the personal items, you’ll need to pack the appropriate clothing as well.
Additional Clothing Needs for Camping and Hunting
- Socks at least 2 pairs for everyday
- Flannel shirts
- Shoes to wear around campsite
- Sandals (perfect for wear in public showers)
- Hunting/Camping Food and Cooking Items
- Basic, non-perishable foods
- Aluminum foil
- Can opener
- Cutting Board
- Dish Soap
- 1 pot, 1 pan
- Trash bags
If possible, pack the equipment in as few bags or totes as possible. To help deter wild animals from visiting your campsite, you should consider putting all food items in a sealed container. The container can be stored in a camper or vehicle when not in use. It’s also important not to keep food in your tents or unattended at the campsite.
If skinning, cleaning, or gutting animals at the site, it’s vital that the area is cleaned thoroughly before heading to bed for the evening. If there are several people enjoying the trip with you, you all should consider dividing the communal items needed above, to conserve space.
When you pack properly for a hunting/camping trip, you can fit everything you need to be comfortable and the items you need to truly enjoy your trip without sacrificing a few items and still having plenty of room to move and enjoy your space.
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