Stop Forgetting Gear

String around a fingerEven the most seasoned campers and hikers can forget to pack gear. Maybe you were holding something in your hand, fully intending on packing it, and just forgot. Or maybe you didn’t even think to grab something at all, and so it sits useless on the shelf while you’re out kicking yourself for not bringing it.

Sometimes forgetting to pack gear is just inconvenient and annoying, but other times the consequences can be more severe — it’s hard to patch up an injury without a first aid kit. Here are some pointers to help you keep from forgetting your gear.

Keep your gear organized when putting it into storage. By keeping your equipment categorized and tidy, you can easily find what you’re looking for. It’s hard to keep track of what you have and haven’t packed if you’re just rifling through a pile of gear.

Lay your gear out so you can see everything. One of the easiest ways to forget gear is by throwing things into a pack as you go. You can’t see what you’ve already packed, and you have to rely on your memory. Maybe you thought you packed that headlamp, but thinking you packed it and actually packing it are two very different things. Lay everything on the ground before putting it into your pack so you can visually check to see if everything is there.

Write out a checklist. This is the best way to make sure that you bring everything you need. Don’t check anything off the list until it is safely in your pack, or in your vehicle. If you’re the forgetful type, or if you’re just set on being prepared, write out a list of essentials that need to be double checked. This should include necessities that you can’t do without, but can exclude luxury items.

Never assume. Assuming that you have something packed is a great way to forget gear at home. Don’t just grab your first aid kit believing it to be fully stocked. Open it up and make sure that you have everything you need.


  1. […] written before about forgetting to pack gear. It happens to everyone. You’re in a rush and you forget to pack something, only to […]

  2. […] After you’ve cleaned your gear and have done whatever maintenance needs doing, you can start packing up your equipment for storage. Be sure to organize everything in a way that makes is easy to find. When it’s easy to locate your gear, you’re less likely to forget or misplace it. […]

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