Marti Davis lists 7 useful things that you should always have on-hand and keep in your hunting vehicle.
While I do most of my hunting near my home, I do enjoy traveling on hunting excursions. Here are my top 7 things you must have in your hunting vehicle, no matter if you are staying close to where you live, or traveling a long distance.
Portable GPS unit
A GPS really comes in handy if you are traveling in unfamiliar territory. I find it useful around home, too. Sometimes I use mine if I am traveling to not-so-familiar back roads, or if I need to find new shortcuts between hunting properties.
Garmin nuvi 52LM GPS – Retail $149.99
Portable jump pack/air compressor
This portable jump pack has a built-in automatic charger with LED indicator and a high-pressure air compressor, along with a USB Port. So, if the battery on your truck, car or all-terrain vehicle needs a jump-start, or you need to put some air in a low tire, this unit could be a hunt saver. You can even charge electronics that utilize a USB cord.
Shumacher Electric portable power source/air compressor – Retail $95.99
Your tool kit can be as simple as a canvas tote bag with the following basic tools, or a bigger, more elaborate toolbox. This past hunting season I had to repair a wiring plug on my trailer before I could make the trip back home. Fortunately, I had the tools I needed in my toolbox. I recommend the following items for a simple tool kit:
I recommend keeping at least two good flashlights in your vehicle and make sure you check the batteries or charge on them periodically.
Kobalt LED flashlight – Retail $39.98, on sale through the end of March for $17.98
Cell phone charging device
If an emergency arises, the last thing you need is a dead cell phone and no way to charge it.
Cyclops Dual USB charging system – Retail $59.99 from HerCamoShop.
I always have a knife and pair of game-cleaning gloves in my hunting pack. But, I also keep a game-cleaning kit in my truck. My kit contains the following items:
My cooler always contains water, snacks and ice. And, if I’m successful on my hunt, I can always make room for the game meat. I recommend a Grizzly-brand cooler; check out a recent gear review I did on the Grizzly 60 Hunting Cooler, and you’ll see why.
Grizzly 60 Hunting Cooler – Retail $389.99
Yes, I know it sounds like I haul a bunch of extra stuff in my truck. But, being prepared has saved some of my hunting friends and me a trip to town or a call for help. In some cases, being prepared got us into in the field on a hunt, instead of sitting beside the road.