I’m rather obsessive compulsive when it comes to planning out a RPG character. Call of Cthulhu under a Delta Green campaign setting that makes it hard for me to resist, especially when I’ve got modern day items at my disposal.
This time I was making an ex-army US Fish and Wildlife Special Agent character, who was fresh from a wilderness stake out and took a small break to help some out of town Delta Green Agents. I was curious as to what kind of gear that they would have and looked up some info at http://www.lab.fws.gov/. I didn’t go far as to have an evidence lab kit, but I’ve been hunting before, camped in Alaska for 2 weeks straight, and have been to Washington Arms Collectors Shows at the Puyallup Fair Grounds (really fun show, you should try it), so coming up with up with a basic gear list for wilderness camping is fairly easy and fun.
I don’t go camping much these days, but I’ve learned that Home Depot online and Joe’s Sporting Goods online are great places to make a list. And it’s always joy to go pretend shopping. I won’t include weapons and guns, since the game has special rules for that.
Truck – something like a Ford F-250 XLT (extra long bed) with a Truckbox installed. Storage on the go is important.
Hunting Knife & hatchet – very important.
10 foot aluminum ladder – good for vertical movement, but its also good for helping you hang up game or fresh kills.
3/8 in. x 75 ft. Camouflage Rope – water resistant and it floats
Tool box – filled with standard hand tools such as a hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, utility knife, sharpening kit etc
Bolt Cutters – 24 inch, good for getting out of tight jams
Crowbar – these things are just handy where ever you go
Slim Jim – not the jerky sticks. It’s a tool used for lock picking cars and works like a charm older than 1992. On newer cars, you have to know where the lock rod is.
Hunting Blind – surprisingly, modern ones are really built for comfort
Folding chair or Hunting stand – you need to sit on long stake outs
Binoculars – they even have ones with built in digital cameras now
Flashlights – a mag-light and water proof floating browning
Cameras – you can go digital hand held, but they also make game cameras which are automated and detect movement
Handheld GPS – they have ones that will transmit your location to a website service
Camping Cast iron Dutch – for cooking on the go
Mess kit – how you going to eat?
Low profile burner stove – they make ones that are light weight and conserve fuel.
Digital Recorder – really this is good for keeping notes
Laptop – for when you’re in town
Cellphone – who doesn’t have one these days?
Winter tire chains – really this should always be in your truck, especially if you’re traveling in heavy snow conditions
4 weather Sleeping bag and pad – camping, duh
Hand warmers – these are chemical hot packs which keep your hands warm.
Portable Pisser Cup – yeah they make these and they sound funny, but they really handy for the woods. They even got a girl attachment.
Personal Cleaning kit – unscented is best so you won’t attract animals or bugs; Includes TP for your bum.
Tarp or truck cover – for protecting your gear.
Hunting dog – optional, but a really good companion to have with you if you’re soloing