The Backpack Hunt Gear List – Best for Your Hunting Trip

A hunting trip is no doubt a challenging and downright grisly experience. With a well-packed hunting backpack, you can take on the trials of the wilderness and the hunt with maximum ease. Here, we give you a useful checklist on what to bring when going out to hunt, or also known as, the backpack hunt gear list.


Before you go hunting, it’s important to know all the essentials that you need to bring. Other than that, I will also suggest other items that can surely help you out on your hunting trip.

A hunter’s backpack.

A hunter’s backpack - via: www.blaser-usa.com

The Backpack Hunt Gear List

#1 - The Right Clothing

When going out hunting, you want to be as visible as you can be to avoid other hunters firing at you. To ensure the safety of your trip, bring at least 1 neon orange vest that you can wear over your clothes.

With your safety vest, you can bring 2-3 changes of clothes, including thick tops, pants or shorts, underwear, and something to keep you warm like a waterproof jacket or coat. Pro tip: make sure to bring enough clothes for your trip, but not so much that your pack feels too heavy.

A hunter wearing warm fall clothes

A hunter wearing warm fall clothes - via: shopify.com

Next, you would want to bring along with you a pair of good hunting boots, a hat, gloves, lots of thick socks, overtrousers, and another pair of more comfortable shoes.

#2 - Sleeping Bag

Of course, one of the most important essentials of hunting is a good sleeping bag. On the other hand, you can also opt for a bed roll or inflatable mattress, which are both more comfortable. However, keep in mind that you will need to fold your sleeping apparatus up every day, so select one that isn’t too much of a hassle to pack up.

Camo design sleeping bag

Camo design sleeping bag - via: realtree.com

#3 - Tent

You need a trusty tent to keep you safe from the elements as well as critters lurking in the forest. For an easy hunting trip, select a product that is easily put up and as easily foldable after use.

A tent

A tent - via: www.herbalbear.com

#4 - Toiletries

One of the most uncomfortable parts of hunting is the lack of a proper bathroom and shower. Nevertheless, you can make your hunt as comfortable as ever by bringing all your needs.

These include: a toothbrush (with a proper case for it), a small tube of toothpaste, soap, washcloths, toilet paper, shampoo (optional), rubbing alcohol, shaving kit (if necessary), and wet wipes if you really want to feel “extra clean”.

For easier organization, keep these toiletries in a separate pouch in your backpack.​

A toiletries pouch

A toiletries pouch - via: notonthehighstreet.com

#5 - Sprays

A can of bug spray is essential if you don’t want all the insects coming at you in the forest.

If you’re going to hunt in an area known to have bears lurking around, it’s important to also bring a bear spray with you.

If you’re going to hunt animals that stray away from the first hint of a human scent, bring a scent killer with you.​

A can of bear spray you need to keep handy

A can of bear spray you need to keep handy - via: www.sabrered.com

#6 - Food

​A hunter needs his energy. So, what are you going to do about food when out hunting? One option is to bring a portable stove to cook your catches in. While a lighter, albeit more tedious option is to build a fire to cook your meals. In both cases, you also need a small pan, along with a plate, cup, and cutlery.

A portable camp stove

A portable camp stove - via: coolhunting.com

You can also bring high-calorie snacks with you, to keep you on the go without getting hungry. Examples are high-calorie protein bars, crackers, trail mix, cake bars, and the like. For full meals, you can always bring canned goods or vacuum-packed ready-to-eat meals for a lighter backpack load.​

You will also want to bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Dehydration can be a huge pain and a hindrance to the whole hunting trip, so make sure you bring enough.​

Calorie-dense protein bars

Calorie-dense protein bars - via: www.bariatricfoodsource.com

#7 - Navigation Tools​

When hunting, you’ve got to know where you are at all times. To ensure that you’re going the right way, bring along with you a map of the area as well as a compass. A great tool to also bring with you is a GPS and a personal locater beacon or PLB. A PLB is a nifty little tool that allows your position to be easily found just in case you get lost.​

Other navigation tools you can bring, but not necessarily essential, are binoculars and a satellite phone. You know, just in case. For novice hunters and navigators, I suggest bringing a PLB or a satellite phone with you. It’s better safe than sorry.​


A GPS - via: garmincdn.com

#8 - Hunting Apparatus​

We’ve covered most of the essentials so far. Now, we move on to the hunting tools you need to bring with you on a trip. If you’re a gunner, you need to bring your rifle (of course) plus plenty of ammunition. A smaller sidearm is also recommended, just in case.

With a rifle, you’ll also want to bring a rifle cleaner. On the other hand, if you’re an archer or crowssbow user, you need to bring your bow and at least two dozen arrows.​

A hunter with a crossbow

A hunter with a crossbow - via: missionarchery.com

Other than your main hunting weapon, you also need to bring equipment for skinning and storing your catch. This part includes a knife to use for skinning (the smaller and sharper the knife, the better), mesh bags, and salt (if you’re not going to take home your catch immediately).​

#9 - First Aid Kit​

You can’t avoid a few accidents in the forest, especially if you’re a first-time hunter. In your first aid kit, make sure you have enough of the following: gauze, Betadine, cotton balls, micropore tape, Band-Aids, painkillers, ibuprofen, and one large bandage that can be made into a sling.​

Again, it is better to be safe than sorry.​

A complete first aid kit

A complete first aid kit - via: aoa-adventures.com

#10 - Flashlight and Campfire Tools​

You need a durable and long-lasting flashlight to illuminate the dark well. On the other hand, you can also bring a battery-operated lamp for camp use.

Make sure to bring a lot of extra batteries to make sure you don’t run out.​

Moreover, make sure you have a lighter and matches in your hunting backpack, as well as a can of fuel for making your campfires at night.​

Portable lamp

Portable lamp - via: http://rocketmvcp.com

#11 - License and Conservation Stamp​

Just in case you need to present it, always bring your secured license and conservation stamp with you.​

​#12 - Camera

What’s a hunting trip without capturing memories? If you want, you can bring a durable outdoors camera with you to make sure you take a photo of every moment. Moreover, make sure you bring at least two spare batteries to last you the whole hunting trip.​

Action camera suitable for hunting

Action camera suitable for hunting -via: www.dhresource.com

#13 - Electric Chainsaw

Now, I consider this item option, and only recommend it for hunters with a bigger vehicle and those camping with groups. But why is it useful to have one on your hunting trip? For starters, bringing an electric chainsaw with you will cut the amount of time for gathering firewood in half. This is most useful when camping with a big group, as you need more firewood to keep the flame going. It's definitely easier than using a hatchet or axe.

Moreover, an advantage of bringing an electric chainsaw is that it provides firewood fast in cases that you need a fire fast e.g. rain, premature sunset, and harsh winds.


Now that you know all of the essential gear you need to bring when hunting, let me just reiterate them into a handy list you can bring next time to the gear store:​

Backpack Hunt Gear List​

  • Sleeping bag/bed roll/inflatable mattress
  • Tent
  • Tops, polypropylene pants or shorts
  • Thick socks
  • Underwear
  • Hat
  • Neon vest or clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hunting boots
  • Extra shoes for camp
  • Washcloths
  • Soap
  • Cup, spoon & fork, plate
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Dish towel
  • Calorie-dense snacks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo (optional)
  • Toilet paper
  • Shaving kit (if necessary)
  • Bug and bear spray
  • First aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Matches, lighter, fuel
  • Hunting weapons
  • Mesh bags
  • Hunting knife
  • Hunting license and conservation stamp
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Water
  • Pan
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