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What's In Your Pack?

I think that's a question every hunter asks other hunters. I'm always curious what other people pack, and assume that everyone has their own list of "must-have" items for their individual adventures.

For me, the items in my pack vary by season and game, and I take into account whether it’s a day trip, overnight or several days. Over the years, I have gone through several packs, but the one that has outlasted them all has been the Gregory Deva 60---she has served me well for years! Recently, I decided to try a pack frame and purchased the Kelty Yukon 48. I’ve used it only a couple of times and I have been pretty impressed. I’m petite, around 5’2”, so it’s hard to find a pack that fits my frame and I definitely give it thumbs up.

So...What's in My Pack?

For going on a day or overnight trip, I always have my Garmin eTrex 30 with my OnX Hunt chip. This is definitely a lifesaver, and you’ll never have to worry about getting lost.


  • Band-Aids

  • Insect/bite pen

  • Waterproof matches

  • Bug net

  • Fire sticks/lighter

  • Space Blanket

  • Chap stick

  • Potable aqua tabs

  • Visine

Pack Essentials

  • Toilet paper

  • Wilderness Athlete packets of Hydrate/Recover and Energy

  • Extra set of batteries for my Garmin

  • Small sunscreen bottle (If its sunny weather)

  • Snacks such as fruit snacks, Paydays, jerky and trail mix

  • Pen for writing

  • Hair tie

  • Flash light

  • Headlamp

  • Wind checker (Dead Down Wind)

  • Water - the amount various depending on how long my outing is

  • Extra bullets/shells

  • Gum

  • Compact make up (so I can look beautiful for my photos!)

  • 2-way radios if hunting with a partner

Cold-Weather Packing

  • Hand warmers--I prefer HotHands body warmers since they are bigger than just the regular hand warmers

  • Extra gloves

  • Extra pair of socks

  • Skivvies--a must! You never know when you might see Big Foot and get the sh!t scared out of you!

  • Neck gaiter. I use the Sitka extreme cold weather and absolutely LOVE IT.

  • Extra knife--Although I carry a knife on my side, I bring an extra. I love my Buck knife 112, I feel like it holds an edge longer than most.

Waterfowl-Specific Hunting

For waterfowl hunting, I have the Drake Swamp Sole Backpack. It has a rubber bottom which makes it nice to set in mucky or damp ground.

For waterfowl, I don’t carry as much in that pack but usually include the following:

  • Extra gloves. I have the Sitka Ascent glove, which is great for layering with the Downpour glove; they keep your hands dry and warm. The Traverse glove is a great mid-weight glove to wear alone.

  • Snacks

  • Handwarmers

  • Extra neck gaiter

  • Water

  • Rope, to set up a makeshift blind

  • Plenty of shells

Even though I carry my phone, I always bring a camera too. You never know when you're phone's battery will run down, or when you need a camera for better quality pictures.

Follow Kelly Cohen in Instagram at @kellycohen4202.

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