Sparky’s Tip of the Week #8 – Safety Equipment
Safety Equipment is essential to having a good and safe experience. You can never predict when a disaster will happen.
“Be Prepared” is a Boy Scout’s motto, so always go prepared. Do not leave it in the vehicle either.
When mushroom hunting, you are most often off trail and in the wilds, so being prepared can save your life
On Your Body:
— Polyester or wool clothes + (During hunting season, advise wearing orange or red)
— Rain pants +
— Rain jacket +
— Sturdy boots, water resistant or water proof +
— Hat – appropriate for conditions +
— Wristwatch +
— Compass + & mirror +
— Whistle +
— Hand lens
— FRS walkie-talkie radio (optional)
— GPS (optional)
— Flashlight (small) & extra batteries
For Collecting Mushroom
— Container, basket or bucket +
— Knife, brightly marked +
— Waxed bags (optional)
— Foam head paint brush
In Your Backpack
— Good map of area +
— Lunch +
— Water +
— Extra clothes +
— Insect repellent
— Trowel & toilet paper +
— Field guide and keys + (All the Rain Promises, and More… by David Arora)
— Spore making equipment (white & black paper)
— Notebook & pencil
— Emergency blanket +
— First aid kit +
— Matches (waterproof) or lighter*and fire starter
— Walking stick
— Bring a permit for the respective National Forest, if needed.
+ = Essential equipment to take into the field.
Sparky says: bring at least all the + items above.