i’m curious to know what preparations folks make before they go out into the natural world to explore. Mine are rather elaborate and I carry a lot of “stuff” so I’m wondering if I just over do it. But I’m walking around a swamp in southeastern USA and often I think I actually need more stuff!
Here’s what I do to prep and what I carry.
I always wear long pants (I make my own wide-legged seersucker pants for coolness) and a long sleeved fishing shirt for the sake of sun protection. And a wide-brimmed hat. And I either wear leather boots or boots I cut off of my hip boots when I got holes in the knees of the hip boots. If it’s really wet, I wear hip boots or waders. And double-sided velcro straps around the ankles of my pants to keep them in the boots.
That’s clothing. Oh, and I spray all over the clothing with bug spray because the swamp is the swamp, after all. Even in a drought like we’re having now.
To carry: I have a harness I put on to carry my mirrorless camera with a 100-500mm lens and I attach little neoprene pouches that I made for the vest. The pouches contain extra batteries and memory cards. I also carry a pair of binoculars.
Then I put on a leather belt with the following attached: a water bottle holder and water bottle with electrolytes added. A pouch with my old girl scout folding knife, a handkerchef, several bug jars, a small paintbrush (to encourage bugs to enter the bug jars), a roll of flagging, and a bag of salted mixed nuts. Oh, and a packet of insect repellant wipes. I also use another water bottle holder to carry my cell phone.
Lately, I’ve also attached one of those plastic stools that collapse to my belt so I can sit down if I have to without being eaten alive by red bugs, fire ants, and the like. Although in a pinch, I have used one of the repellant wipes to sit on and it helps keep some of the nasties away.
Because of the heat and humidity, I’ve had heat exhaustion more times than I should, which is why I carry the water and now, the stool.
Finally, I carry a walking stick, which I need for stability and to use as a monopod with my camera to steady it.
It all sounds far too elaborate and ridiculous but I have about 100 acres to explore of varying terrain and I’ve used everything I carry so I’m not sure what I’d leave behind.
Are others this nutty?