Horse Pack Trip Checklist
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Weight and bulk add up fast on a horse pack trip so be prepared to bring just
the essentials. This means packing as
light as possible. If you are hiring a packer to haul your gear they will carry
the food, kitchen, tents and such; but you may be carrying your personal items,
like clothing, on your own horse.
You may even be responsible for taking in your own sleeping
bag and grain for your horse. Make sure someone has the first aid kit. Find out ahead of time what you will
be responsible for carrying.
Packers usually allow only so much weight per person over
and above the weight of the camp supplies. The size of your party, the number
of people and the length of your trip determine how many pack animals they will
need to get you and your gear in.
Roll your pillow up inside of your sleeping bag. It
will stay clean that way!
How much clothing you bring will depend on how many days you
will be out. If you are only going on a 2-4 day pack trip you can just bring
the jeans you are wearing. If you plan on being out longer, pack an extra pair.
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Horse Pack Trip Tip
An old army tip I
learned from my Marine brother-in-law: Fold shirts (clothes) and then roll each
up tightly like tiny sleeping bags to maximize space.
slicker or poncho
1 pair for every day out
suit or shorts
boots you are wearing
if in cold country
bag to separate dirty clothes from clean
Wear a belt so you
can carry things on it ( knife, cell phone, pouch for chap stick ect…)Don’t forget to
charge your cell phone! (If you have reception…)
Now I know you ladies out there have all heard that you
should not wear make-up while camping on a horse pack trip because it attracts bears. I say
“poppycock!” There is no way I’m going without my makeup! That’s what dogs and
firearms are for. Unless you are going
to be out for a while, leave the shampoo, otherwise bring a travel sized
Put any bottle or tube that can leak if smashed in a plastic
makeup bag with only the essentials
sized face wipes (to remove makeup, wash face or hands)
- Chap stick
supplies (just in case!)
sized hand lotion
ties (to hide hat hair and your need for a shampoo!)
sized bar soap in a plastic zip-lock baggie
or any medications you may need
cloth and a towel
Stuff to Carry on Your Sadddle
Knife or multi-use tool
or bear spray (know firearm regulations first)
cording or boot laces (to make emergency tack repairs)
(jerky, nuts, granola bars or trail mix)
(especially if you haven’t a guide)
- First Aid kit(s) for humans and horses
Make it a pack trip to remember!
Find out how the horses will be handled for green grass
foraging. You will be responsible for looking after your horse
during grazing time. Plan on bringing a ground stake and long line, hobbles or
a portable electric fence. Also find out what the overnight ‘tie’ plans are.
Will the packer provide a high line for you to tie your horse or will you
need to secure your horse for the night on your own?
For Your Horse
Let your horse wear his halter under his bridle
for the duration of the trip.
- Grain bags filled with grain rations
- Emergency electrolyte paste (optional but highly recommended)
boots (optional but very handy when needed)
water bucket (optional)
tie steak(s) for grazing time (optional)
for highline tie
or a curry comb
Saddle Bags for Your Horse Pack Trip
In order to carry all this stuff, you’re going to need at
least two sets of saddle bags. I have found this horse pack trip system to be very effective.
Drape your filled homemade grain-carry bags over your saddle horn. Next drape a
smaller set of saddle bags over your horn. These bags are great for things you
want to have access too while riding. Place your bigger set of bags behind the
saddle. These ones will have your clothes and toiletries in them. Put your
sleeping bag and jackets across the top of your rear saddle bags. Tie your
canteen and lead rope on anywhere you can find a place to attach them. Your set!
Stuff for Camp
Stove with fuel
Pot and cups
(bring extra in a water tight container)
(if packing your own pack animals)
length of nylon rope (great for high lines, hanging tarps securing packs
or whatever else you need it for)
The More Pack Animals You Have...the More Luxuries You Can Bring on Your Horse Pack Trip
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