It’s easy, and expensive, to fill a truck and trailer with gear for deer camp! Before blowing your budget, check out this must-have camp gear list to keep you comfortable and hunting longer.
1. Propane Stove or Grill
After waking up before the birds and being in the woods all day, there’s just something about a hot meal and a full belly that makes doing it all over again something to look forward to. I love the Camp Chef two-burner propane stove. It’s great to be able to cook the entree and a side at the same time, but it’s a bit bulky. If you’re looking for the basics or a backpack-sized stove, I recommend the Camp Chef Striker.
The small things in life sometimes make the biggest difference, like a shower. After a full day of sweating and striving for your prize, it’s reinvigorating to wash the day away with a warm shower. It doesn’t make you less of an outdoorsman not to want to stink for days on end. Not only is it refreshing, but it does also help keep your scent down. Though, keeping the wind in your favor is still critical, no matter how much you shower.
Plus, while I won’t argue that there is something gratifying about using the bathroom wherever and whenever you want, having a little privacy and comfort makes you feel right at home, away from home.
3. Good Lighting
Safety while being comfortable is the prime concern with this must-have. Whether it’s to help you slap together breakfast at 4:00 A.M. or to make sure you and your buddies don’t fall into the campfire while unwinding after a long hunt, having bright and reliable camp lighting is essential.
Good camp lighting goes beyond flashlights. Look for quality lanterns, or create a DIY perimeter setup with hanging lights.
4. Standing Room Tent
It’s much easier to get ready for the day when you can stand up to get dressed. Having a tent that doesn’t permit you to stand or move comfortably makes you feel like you’re changing clothes in the driver seat of your truck. Go for a canvas wall tent or tall nylon tent.
5. Dependable Cooler
The final item on my list for must-have camp gear is a dependable cooler. If you plan on hunting for more than two or three days, your run-of-the-mill cooler won’t hold up. Splurge on a high-end cooler that keeps ice beyond three days. Not only do they keep a seal longer, but they’re typically wildlife-proof.