Women in the Outdoors: Your Outdoors Checklist

Women in the Outdoors: Your Outdoo rChecklistWhat do you bring? EVERY single time, without fail? Do you have an Outdoors Checklist?

Women in the Outdoors is the inspiring, step-by step, motivation and tips to take you into the wild areas that call to you.

This is something new for Alaska Chick’s Blog, the idea of this series of tips, support and, if I do it right, inspiration, aimed directly at women of all ages who really want to be outdoors. Feeling confident and capable and knowing that they have prepared. Women in the Outdoors.

We spoke about determining your fitness level and your health, knowing the most important part of experiencing the wonders and renewal that nature bestows is that you can.

We spoke of having a “check-in” person and how important, even when we feel it is unnecessary, to have a back up plan for unseen things that just happen. “Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.”
~ Thornton Wilder

We also went over having a plan. We need to have a goal in mind! A dream, a direction.

(Hmm… we really DO need to have a plan. Ok, you convinced me, let’s plan on you coming here for a Horseback Wilderness Adventure.)

So! Now that we decided that, back to the point. What is your Outdoors Checklist?

I just recently wrote a post on my own Winter Pack, and what I keep in it, ready to go. But right now, I want to back up a little. What is ALWAYS in your pack? Even if you are just heading out for an hour or two.

Personally, my “light” pack, the pack I take on Pack Trips, Winter Excursions, Hunts, when we are planning to be away from the horses for awhile, or just even walking out to the river, is a weather-proof, cross-body-strap camera backpack.

(Yes, I bring both at times! As well as a 3-foot collapsed size tripod!)

Inside my camera bag:

  • Spare batteries, camera gps
  • lens cleaning cloths
  • wind proof lighter
  • matches
  • Firestarter
  • protein bars/ snacks
  • water bottle
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Small First Aid Kit/eye drops
  • Medications?
  • Bug Dope/hand warmers (What season is it? I always keep the hand warmers, not the dope!)
  • pocket knife
  • Spot

My camera is heavy so I keep my bag close. If I am not wearing it (or convincing a trainee to wear it!), it is tied to the back of my saddle. …Umm, as long as I am not heading towards the river! It has everything I need to have, to go snowshoeing or a hike and still be prepared for the unexpected.

In case you just found us, like what you’ve read and are interested in Women in the Outdoors, please use the links below and check out the other posts in the series.

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3 Responses to Women in the Outdoors: Your Outdoors Checklist

  1. You may know this: your quote comes from Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. In context, the “terrifying jests” inflicted by Mother Nature are the dangers surrounding the pregnancy of Dona Clara as perceived by her mother the Marquesa. The context of a quote changes everything, doesn’t it?

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