Coleman Hunting Checklist

Checklists are a good habit to get into when you prepare for an outing. Print this one out, make your own additions, and maybe you can avoid that, "Oh, no, I forgot..." scenario.

The Essentials

  • All necessary licensing (stamps, tags, permits for access to private land, etc.)
  • Fixed blade knife
  • Folding knife
  • Multi Tool
  • Water Bottle with Beverage
  • Food: Light Snacks or Sack Lunch, Energy Bars, Hard Candy
  • Flashlight, Headlamp, or Lantern
  • Fire Starting Kit: Butane Lighter, Cotton Balls, Strike-A-Fire or Trioxane Tablets, Fire Starter and Waterproof Matches
  • Compass, Topographical Maps, and Portable GPS
  • Whistle or Signal Mirror
  • Binoculars
  • Latex or Rubber Gloves for field-dressing or cleaning game.
  • Trash Bags
  • Extra Ammunition (including rounds for distress signaling)


  • Multiple warming layers with wind breaking outer shell
  • Thin pair of poly socks
  • Warm Gloves
  • Insulated Waterproof Boots
  • Blaze Orange outerwear (as required by the state in which you are hunting)
  • Poncho or Rain Suit

Emergency Items

  • First Aid Kit
  • String or 550 Parachute Cord
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Plastic Zip Ties
  • Emergency Heat Source (Disposable Hand/Feet Warmers)
  • Medications (Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Tums, Prescriptions, etc.)
  • Shovel