Preparing for an Outdoor Adventure
Preparing for an outdoor adventure is such a fun time. My husband is an avid outdoors man and loves getting ready for the winter months when he is “in his element” outside loving nature and doing things that he absolutely loves to do.
We have in the past discussed a long distance trip for him to not only do some hunting but for us to see some new sights with our boys. Personally I love getting out in nature to photograph and just take in the views. We have also debated making a purchase of some farm land to have a separate living location for not only us but for family and friends when they want to enjoy something other than the sights and sounds of Virginia. Upon doing some research online we found that there is a lot of farm land for sale in Michigan. What a beautiful state!
What would we need to do to prepare for such a large outdoor adventure though? Well first things first we would have to acquire the location, but usually I like to visit first so we have debated renting a cabin on some hunting land to give different locations a try.
My husband likes to pack light, but in these cases he would have to bring his outdoor wardrobe and his everyday clothing. He packs in plastic totes or scent free bags and this allows for his outdoors clothing to remain scent free and for his everyday clothing to not smell like dirt… yes, his hunting clothes smell like dirt.
Another thing would be traveling with his archery supplies. We would want to make sure that nothing was damaged in the process of such a big trip. Many people ask in advance for a place to ship their supplies to such as a FedEX facility or to the property owner of a rental. This ensures that if there is damage there can be enough insurance to replace whatever is harmed in the process.
For us we have to make sure that the kids have everything they need including their winter clothing and other casual pieces and let us not forget toys and snacks. We make our own trail mixes in the winter months to not only fill our bellies but so that we know the ingredients that go into them. Often we even dehydrate our own fruits to add in.
If you are preparing to keep any of the meat from harvested animals we make sure that our vacuum sealer is readily available. We also make donations to local Hunters for the Hungry organizations so that nothing goes to waste. At certain points of the hunting months we process our own venison jerky and vacuum seal that as well.
Whether you hunt in your own woods or travel this year be sure to stay safe and follow all of your local regulations.