For many hunters, their truck is like their mobile base camp—stocked and filled with necessities and equipment for their trip. Below, we explain some crucial things you should keep in your truck this hunting season, from vehicle gear to medical supplies.

Recovery Equipment

While you may consider your hunting truck capable of navigating the muddiest, toughest, and most difficult terrain, you don’t want to take your chances of getting stranded. If you’re heading deep into off-road territory, you’ll want to bring some recovery gear in case you get stuck.

Useful examples of recovery gear for off-road pickup trucks include:

  • Rope
  • Tow straps
  • Tire chains
  • Shovel
  • Portable jump starter

It’s also worth considering installing a winch on your truck for greater recovery capability.

Air Compressor

When traveling and hunting off-road, the tires are a critical driver consideration. An air compressor is an essential tire product for off-roading adventures that allows drivers to easily and effectively adjust their vehicle’s tire pressure.

When off-roading, it’s better to slightly underinflate the tires so that they’re more flexible and have greater traction. A handy air compressor allows drivers to release and re-inflate their tires according to the terrain they’re hunting.

Medical Kit

A medical kit is one thing every hunter should keep in their truck during the hunting season. We all understand that hunting and off-roading can be dangerous, and hunters must remain prepared for emergencies with proper medical equipment. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use this kit, but it’s always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

Emergency Food and Water

Another safety essential every hunter should keep in their vehicle is some non-perishable food and water. Some high-caloric snacks are great for keeping your energy up during the hunt and between meals.

Also, when venturing off-road, you must prepare for the possibility of getting stranded for hours or even days. A jug of water for each hunter and some high-protein, high-calorie snacks will ensure you stay hydrated and fed if an accident occurs.

Spare Clothes and Footwear

It’s always wise to keep a spare pair of boots in your truck in case your regular ones break, rip, or get too wet to wear. Keeping your feet dry and warm is crucial to safety and comfort, especially if you’re hunting in wetlands, rain, or snow.

Some spare socks, outerwear, and clothes are also useful to keep in your truck. Plus, you can wear them on the ride home for a much more comfortable drive.

Those are just a few useful items and tools to keep in your vehicle while hunting. Remember that a hunter’s success can depend on his preparation, vehicle, and supplementary hunting supplies.

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Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.