What to Pack

what to pack


Recommended for a Drop Camp
These items are provided in a Supplied Camp:
  • Tent
  • Wood Stove w/ stovepipe
  • Cook Stove & fuel (small tank(s) if propane)
  • Lantern & Fuel
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Cots
  • Axe
  • Saw
  • Shovel
All equipment must be lightweight.



  • Gloves
  • Long johns
  • Hats
  • Flannel or wool shirts
  • Wool pants
  • Jeans
  • Wool socks
  • Underwear
  • Camp shoes
  • Waterproof boots
  • Lightweight boots
  • Wool outer coat
  • Rain gear


  • Toiletry items
  • Washcloth
  • Hand towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Moleskin
  • Glasses or spare contacts
  • Prescription medications
  • Lip balm


  • Daypack
  • Space blanket
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Matches & fire starter
  • Parachute cord
  • Pack board
  • Meat saw
  • Meat bags
  • Flagging tape
  • Hunting License
  • Game Tag(s)
  • Camera & film
  • Sm notebook & pen
  • Rifle & ammo
  • Spotting scope
  • Binoculars
  • Bow & Arrows
  • Hard case - Bow
  • Hunting knife
  • Compass


  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground pad
  • Water jugs (soft 5 gal)
  • Dishpans
  • Water filter
  • Dish & hand soap
  • Foil
  • Ziplocs
  • Garbage sacks
  • Matches
  • Paper towels
  • Potholders
  • Towels & dishrags
  • Scratch pad
  • TP
  • Fire starters
  • First aid kit
  • Coffee pot
  • Pots & pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Plates
  • Silverware
  • Cups
  • Can opener

Meal suggestions

  • Pack easy to serve meals. You will be tired after hunting all day.
  • Weight and bulk of food items is a concern when loading horses.
  • Main Dishes-Meats can be packed into camp in an ice chest.
  • Ice is heavy and takes up valuable space. Instead, freeze all meats ahead of time to pack in.
  • Cured meats such as hams will keep fresh longer.
  • Please do not bring coolers larger than 64 quart size or smaller than 48 quart.
  • Side Dishes-Boxed noodles, stovetop stuffing and rice mixes are lightweight and easy to fix side dishes.
  • Some canned goods such as vegetables and fruit can be packed in.
  • Lunches-Lots of pocket stuffers such as dried fruit, nuts, candies and cookies.
  • Bread, lunch meats, condiments are great.
  • Chips, powdered drink mixes and instant soups help round out your lunches when in camp.
  • Breakfast-Instant hot cereals, just add water pancake mix, syrup.
  • Eggs and breakfast meats can be packed into ice chest.
  • Coffee and hot drinks.
  • We recommend planning a menu and making an item-by-item checklist for the menu to avoid packing in unneeded food and supplies.
Food and cooking utensils are easily packed in wooden pack boxes to avoid mashed bread. Following are plans that you can use to build your own boxes or you can use Rubbermaid type containers of similar Size (20 - 25 gal. made of flexible & durable material). Print list of Equipment and Food Suggestions


  • Bring as much WOOL as you can afford. Wool is warm when wet, durable and quiet.  Light and medium weight wool is highly preferred over a heavy weight wool garment.
  • In this climate and terrain you need to dress in layers.
  • Archery season can be rather warm and the end of the rifle elk season darn cold.
  • Clothing should be comfortably baggy to allow freedom of movement and air space for insulation.
  • Be sure to allow sufficient roominess in order to layer your clothes.
  • Add your raingear on top of everything else to be sure it's big enough.
  • Bring as little clothing as possible made of nylon or other noisy synthetics.
  • When necessary, substitute cotton, flannel or denim as these are quiet fabrics.
  • Be conscious of the noise factor, especially in outerwear. Test the noise level of the fabric when it's moved or rubbed.
  • Daypacks need to be checked as well.
  • Consider shiny objects that might flash in the sun and alert wary game.
  • Hunter orange is NOT required in Oregon but may be used in small amounts if you feel more comfortable.
RAIN GEAR - This is a must!
  • Good quality raincoat and pants - Cheap plastic will tear easily and leave you miserable.
  • Most raingear will be a "noisy" fabric, but that is better than being wet.
  • Insulated and water repellent gloves will be useful while riding or inactive if it turns wet and cold.
  • Gloves should be easy to dry by a fire.
  • A hat that sheds water and keeps in body heat is handy.
  • Try to find one field hat that will offer you the most protection.
  • A brim or visor to keep sun and/or rain out and maybe flaps for your ears.
  • Something to tie or wear around your neck will conserve body heat if you're sitting still, once you start moving again you will probably want to take it off.
  • A stocking cap will reduce heat loss while sleeping.
FOOTWEAR - bring well broken in study boots.
  • Vibram soles will give good traction, non-insulated will dry faster and be sure and get enough socks on to stay warm.
  • Wool socks with 100% cotton liners are great for feet sensitive to blisters or sweating.
  • If you are prone to blisters stop at the first sign and put "moleskin" on the sensitive area. This will save you a lot of misery later.
  • Also bring waterproof boots or PacBoots that have rubber bottoms and leather uppers with felt liners. These aren't great for walking in but are GOOD to have if the weather         is cold.
  • Good quality, winter-rated bag with 4-5 pounds of synthetic insulation.
  • We do not recommend down bags as they will not keep you warm if they get wet and they are hard to get dry.
  • A mattress pad is advisable to insulate your backside when sleeping on a cot.
  • Gear should be packed in sturdy duffle bags so they can be transported on horseback.
  • 2-3 smaller bags are much better than one big heavy bag.
  • Your sleeping bag and pad are o.k. in its stuff sacks.
  • Have plastic trash bags handy to cover each piece of your gear in case of rain on pack-in day.
  • All gear is covered on the mule.
  • Comfortable fitting shoulder or fanny pack will be used daily while hunting.
  • Waist straps are recommended.
  • Large plastic trash bags and an assortment of "Ziploc" storage bags are so handy that it's well worth it to bring a few long.
  • And equipment should have a water-resistance and padded cases.
  • If you pack cameras (or any other breakables) in your duffle be sure and let the packers know before they start loading so they can cushion those spots.
  • We recommend rifles of 270 caliber or better with scopes of 4X or variable power.
  • Scopes improve clarity of vision in timbered areas.
  • A scabbard will protect your rifle while you are on horseback and still provide easy access.
  • We have scabbards available if you do not have your own.
  • Are used to cover game quarter or halves to keep meat clean when transporting.
  • Elk require 4; deer and bear require 2 each.
  • Most sporting good stores sell these in appropriately sized packages.
  • You should stick these lightweight emergency items in your day pack and carry with you.
  • With a space blanket and a container of waterproof matches and or a disposable lighter you have the means for heat and shelter from wind, rain or cold if necessary.
  • The country is rugged... hunting in good physical shape pays off. Any conditioning you choose to do that will strengthen your legs and wind will help you enjoy your hunt more.