10 Items Every Hunter Should Always Have In Their Bag

Hunting can be a rush, no doubt about it. But without the right gear, it can turn into a grueling ordeal.

And I’m not talking about just your weapon of choice. Think food, water, toilet paper, lighting, and more.

The right items can transform your hunting experience from merely tolerable to downright enjoyable.

10 things every hunter needs to carry:

  1. Food and water
  2. Toilet Paper
  3. Flashlight or Headlamp
  4. Game Call
  5. Scent Blocker
  6. Binoculars
  7. Rangefinder
  8. Field Dressing Kit
  9. Rope or Game Cart
  10. Camera
10 Items Every Hunter Should Have in Their Bag

So let’s break it down.

Food and Water

Staying hydrated and well-fed is crucial. You might be sitting in a stand or blind for hours and need to stay focused. So pack some water and quiet snacks like protein bars. Be mindful of loud packaging and strong odors – you don’t want to alert your prey or attract unwanted animals.

Toilet Paper

I always have a roll handy. Trust me, you don’t want to resort to leaves when nature calls. And remember, burying your business is the best way to mask human scent. A small shovel can help with this.

Flashlight or Headlamp

Most hunting happens at dawn or dusk, so navigating in low light is often necessary. A flashlight and a hands-free headlamp can be lifesavers, especially when field-dressing your kill.

Game Calls

These tools mimic animal calls, drawing your prey closer. They can be a game-changer if used correctly, but remember, they only work if there’s an animal within hearing distance.

Scent Blocker

You can find commercial scent blockers in sporting goods stores, or make your own using natural elements from the woods. Just remember to match your scent to your environment – smelling like pine in an oak forest won’t fool anyone!


Whether or not your gun has a scope, binoculars are handy for scanning the woods. They’re also easier to handle in a tree stand than a rifle.


Ever missed a shot and wondered why? It might not have been your aim. It could’ve been the distance. Range finders tell you exactly how far away your target is.

Field Dressing Kit

Field-dressing your game offers many benefits. A good kit will have various knives, gloves, and a carry case to keep everything organized in your backpack.

Rope or Cart

Once you’ve made your kill, you’ve got to get it out of the woods. Rope can help drag the animal, or consider a lightweight, collapsible cart. If all else fails, a wheelbarrow can do the trick.


Finally, you’ll want to capture your successful hunt. Your cell phone camera might not cut it in low light, so consider bringing a high-quality digital camera.

So there you have it. With the right gear, your hunting trip can be more than just a waiting game. It can be an adventure. Happy hunting!

About the Author

Logan Scott

I love the outdoors, hunting and spending my time exploring the pacific north west.

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