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All Geared Up: 5 Essentials for Your Next Hunting Adventure

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.

Seek adventure and go on a walking holiday this year

Life is to short and it’s a big BIG world out there, it’s about time we started exploring it. I am all for relaxing on a beach soaking up the sun dipping into a crystal blue sea to cool down, but that’s all starting to change. After years of lying on a beach and returning home with a glorious tan I would always be asked, where did you go, what did you see, show us your photos. But when I could only say “oh we just stayed on the beach”, we started to get disappointed looks from loved ones. They wanted to know more and eventually so did we! So after looking around online and talking to other friends we decided to try a walking holiday from Thomson Lakes and Mountains, the photos looked amazing, the reviews on TripAdvisor seemed to be very strong and so we booked a week away in Slovenia.

Located right in the heart of Europe, Slovenia is full of the most amazing lakes I could ever have thought to imagine, historical castles kept in their true beauty, forests to hide and explore and all this surrounded by their stunning Julian Alps. We stayed in Kranjska Gora where we had a number of activities planned. Although we had an itinerary, after arriving home we decided that it was actually quite relaxed with plenty of refreshment stop offs.

In Kranjska Gora, it is in the Triglav National Park which is located at the base of the Julian Alps where you see lakes and waterfalls encased in plush green forests. The maps you are given are numbered which you can get from a rep or at the tourist office, which we saw many people doing. If it’ is your first time on a walking holiday or first time at hiking they provide an introductory walk to help you get your bearings and a little safety advice on trials and what to look out for. There are other hikes throughout the week, which are optional if you would like to join them, we did and got some amazing photos that we missed on the first walk. Going with a rep for your first time on a hike, is the better option as they know the best spots for the simple things, like a picnic, viewing platforms and break points – all with breathtaking views.

We also hired two bikes and took off on our own (we did stay quite local to the hotel, just in case something went wrong), again the views were amazing and we came across a fishing area which was quite nice to relax by and watch other go about their daily lives.

Upon arriving home, we had endless stories, wonderful photos and seemed to be more relaxed, refreshed and happy than when we returned from a beach holiday. So for us getting out there, whilst we still can is now a must for holidays. Have a look at some walking holidays for yourself and get up and go, you really won’t regret it. 

Top 10 Tips for Using Rough Guides When on Holiday

Rough Guides ( travel guides have become one of the most popular travel guides to use whether you are setting off on a backpacking adventure – or are simply taking a package holiday to Spain or Turkey or another popular tourist destination.

Getting to know your holiday destination can not only make your holiday more interesting – it can also open up your eyes to trips and excursions and new experiences that you might not have dreamt of.

If you thought your holiday was going to be a long stay by the swimming pool and a nightly trip to the local bars and restaurants get yourself one of the Rough Guides to your holiday resort – and make your holiday one to remember.

  1. Rough Guides do not only cover holiday hotspots and travel destinations, but also offer guides to Travelling with Children – or a Foodie’s Guide to Japan, for example.
  2. Rough Guides are available on most digital platforms such as iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows – meaning you can take your Rough Guides with you without overloading your hand luggage or backpack.
  3. Rough Guides also offer guides to finding budget accommodation both in the UK and abroad , which means you can plan to spend maybe one or two nights away from your main resort – even if you are on a package holiday – and make your trip more of an adventure.
  4. The Rough Guides website is a mine of information, with destination spotlights and tweets from holidaymakers recommending their favourite places to go and things to see.
  5. If you are driving on holiday, download Rough Guides driving guides such as the one coveringGreece, to get you there smoothly without hitting a pothole.
  6. Maps are also available from Rough Guides – so there is no need to carry round a dog-eared paper map, which has seen better days, when you are off on an excursion or a new adventure at your holiday destination
  7. If you are a first-time traveller to a destination, Rough Guides also offers a special selection of travel guides full of tips and advice to make sure you get the most out of your holiday in a new country.
  8. Rough Guide First-time Guides also offer invaluable help for different groups of traveller, whether you are a silver surfer breaking away after retirement – or you are looking for LGBT hotels or resorts at your chosen destination.
  9. If you are interested in volunteering overseas, the first-time Rough Guides can also help with this – as well as learning holidays or working holidays to fund your travels or gap year.
  10. Rough Guide Phrasebooks can be invaluable when you are visiting a country for the first time and don’t know the language – they can be downloaded online and played on an MP3 player, meaning you will never be stuck for something to say on holiday again.

Deciding to leave your hotel and go on excursion adventures can sometimes end in bad situations such as injury and accidents on holiday. Always beware of your surroundings and ensure you have correct travel insurance.