Most experienced hunters know that having the proper gear can make the difference between a successful hunting trip and a failed one. The problem is that every year new products hit the market claiming to help you hunt better than ever before. When packing for your hunting trip, how exactly do you figure out the must-haves from the dead weight? The following list features items that we feel can make a difference. Consider these essentials when packing:

Rifle Scopes
If you are going on a backpacking hunting trip in the mountains, you will certainly need a scope for your rifle. There are lots of different opinions when it comes to which rifle scope is best, sufficing to say that it is essential to have one and to know how to zero it. Different retailers offer numerous different rifle scope options along with mounts and other accessories. Since quality rifle scopes can tend to be high in price, seek out discounts and codes from places like Discountrue for retailers like Brownells.

A Hunting Knife (or Knives)
For most hunters, the moment just before the trigger is pulled or the bowstring is released is the most exciting and enjoyable part of the trip. However, once that moment is over you will (hopefully) have some skinning and field dressing to do. A good hunting knife can make the job easier and faster.

A Quality Backpack
You will need to be able to carry all of the other gear on your essentials list so you will need a good backpack. Camouflage backpacks are the popular option when hunting and you may want to choose one without multiple pockets since those can limit the amount of space in the backpack.

Trekking Poles
While these are more commonly associated with hiking, they are valuable on a backpack hunt. Of course, it is possible to hunt without them; however, they can make all the difference and will likely join your list of essentials once you try them.

A First Aid Kit
When you are out in the woods and far from help, the ability to take care of injuries on the spot can literally be the difference between life and death. Accidents do happen no matter how careful you try to be. You should be should be able to disinfect and dress wounds if they occur as well as splint broken bones and handle minor problems like blisters on feet. At the very least, your kit should have bandages and antiseptic ointment along with pain medication and cold drugs.

Obviously, you will need more than just these items for a successful hunt. However, the items above should be among your priorities when packing. They can ensure that your hunt is safe and successful.