MUSHROOM HUNTING CHECKLIST
Mushroom hunting is generally a fun day trip! But we all know that it is not all that difficult to get turned around and lost in the woods. PLEASE be prepared with the following items, and ask yourself: “Could I survive a night in the woods with the gear that I am carrying?” Thank you!
CLOTHES: EITHER ON YOUR BODY OR IN YOUR BACKPACK:
__ Synthetic (Polyester, nylon, fleece), wool, or silk layers Please, NO COTTON or JEANS
__ Rain jacket with hood __ Rain pants
__ Gaiters to keep duff out of your boots?
__ Sturdy, moisture proof boots (no street shoes, tennis shoes or sandals) __ Warm hat
__ Sun hat/Rain hat __ Mittens or Gloves __ Watch
__ One item of clothing that is brightly colored (bright yellow or orange is highly visible)
ESSENTIAL SAFETY ITEMS:
__ Good topographic map of the area
__ Compass (Suunto
__ Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries __ Extra Clothing
__ High Energy Snacks (trail mix, dried fruit, power bars, etc.) __ Plenty of Water
__ Sunglasses __ First Aid Kit
__ Space Blanket or 2 large heavy duty trash bags __ Extra clothes
__ Mirror or signaling device __ Knife
__ Waterproof matches or lighter __ Fire starter or candle
__ Notepaper and pencil
__ Knife, brightly marked
__ Brush for cleaning mushrooms prior to putting them in your basket __ Waxed paper bags?
__ Brown paper bags
OTHER GEAR TO INCLUDE FOR A
__ Permit if needed ** __ Lunch
__ Trowel and toilet paper (and a bag to pack out your t.p.)? __ Sunscreen
__ Insect repellent
__ Field guides and key __ Hand lens
__ Containers for small specimens? __ Mushroom notebook & pencil? __ Camera
__ Flagging tape
*A happy and useful addition to the above might include two or more FRS walkie- talkies. This new type of radio is small, effective over several miles and often modestly priced. FRS radios do not require a license. They're a great way to stay in touch with your fellow mushroom hunters in the woods and during any caravan drive to the hunting area. You can find FRS radios at most sporting goods and consumer electronics stores. (FRS radios are different from CB radios, and MUCH better in all respects.)
**MUSHROOM PERMITS are needed to collect mushrooms in the Mount Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests as well as other locations. These are separate permits in addition to Forest Passes. Consult your trip leader for questions about permits and passes.