WON Landing Page OCT 2022

7 things you must have in your hunting vehicle

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.



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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


Marti-Davis-truck bw

Photo courtesy of Barbara Baird


Tool kit

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:

  • Hammer
  • Straight-head screwdriver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Side cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Vise grips
  • Zip ties
  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Electrical tape
  • Duct tape


marti with kit

Photo courtesy of Jon Poulson


LED flashlights  

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.


game cleaning kit

Photo courtesy of Jon Poulson


Game-cleaning kit

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:

  • Multiple knives of various sizes
  • Sharpening stone
  • Bone saw
  • Game shears
  • Gutting gloves – arm-length, sleeve-style gloves, as well as standard-size latex gloves
  • Sanitizing hand wipes
  • Ziploc bags – gallon and quart size



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


Marti puts  Elizabeth's freshly quartered deer in the Grizzly 60 cooler. Photo courtesy of Jon Poulson

Photo courtesy of Jon Poulson


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.

  • About Marti Davis

    Marti Davis is a staff member for Browning Trail Cameras, WoolX and Mossy Oak. She is an authority on most types of hunting in North America, and very active in mentoring the next generation of young hunters.