10 Tips for the Truck-Camping Hunter
These 10 tips for the truck-camping hunter will also serve the fisherman and road-tripper as well. For us though, hunting season has arrived and that’s really all we’re currently thinking about. These tips are also meant to be friendly for those on a budget and who hate packing for a trip. What we mean by the latter is that if you simply keep all your camping gear together, then all you’ll have to do at the time of departure is pitch it in the truck.
- Keep all your camping and cooking stuff together, as mentioned. Then, when hunting season is over and you’re ready to go on a weekend-long fishing or camping trip, you’re already ready.
- As soon as the trip is over, clean and repair your gear. Again, at go time, that’s all you do… go.
- Plan a menu. Some folks preach simplicity in what they pack to eat. We do too. It just doesn’t involve many freeze-dried foods or dehydrated bananas. While a few packs of each are handy to have, why not plan on eating good things, especially at night after a long day afield? Get a Yeti, or any double-walled, roto-molded cooler. Then, you can store steaks, chops, cheese, eggs and a variety of vegetables. Not to mention cold beverages. Let those who are opposed to hunting fund the oatmeal companies.
- For cooking equipment you’re going to need the basics: a stove top, iso-butane, cooking pots and pans. If we’re truck camping, we don’t leave home without a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet and a baby food jar of bacon grease. Substitute olive oil if you wish. Salt and pepper are also necessities. If you can fit it, a good cooking surface is also highly pleasurable when the last thing you wish to do is squat over a tiny burner, watching water boil. Camp Chef makes a great double burner that stands waist high. Then you can cook meat and vegetables at the same time.
- Unless you drive an SUV, use waterproof containers to store equipment in the bed of your truck.
- Better yet, get a camper shell for such trips. The bed of the truck can also serve as a bed for you in an emergency situation.
- Pack your slippers. This again?!, you say. Happy feet are an elixir to the well-being of body, mind and soul after a hard day’s hunt.
- Pack folding chairs.
- How about a musical instrument. And cards. A few books. Turn your dang cell phone off.
- Study the area before you arrive. If there’s a creek near your camping spot where a midday brook trout might swallow a fly, know about it and have your rod ready. It’s at this point where you’ll also be thankful for the skillet and bacon grease.
It’s the season. Go to it!