BushWhackingBirder’s third most popular post describes my Birding Paraphernalia, the gadgets I carry in the field. Along those same lines I’ll review what I carry in my Birding Backpack.
First, I should state my definition of a Birding Backpack. A Birding Backpack is not a backpack used in the field, though it could in a pinch. It’s a backpack that’s always packed and ready to go. Just pick it up and head out the door.
Now some will argue you only need binoculars and maybe a notebook. I try to minimize my life but I’ve found I need a few more items than just binoculars. Thus the Birding Backpack.
I have used a Birding Backpack for several years. The time saved is what I most like about it. Especially on mornings I go owling. And that it ensures I don’t forget anything I’ll need on the day.
So what’s in my Birding Backpack?
Just the basics. I don’t want it ending up like the lady’s purses you see on TV. You know the kind that weigh 50 pounds and has everything.
No, my backpack is light and simple.
- Field Guide
- Basic First Aid Items
- Utility Knife
- Extra Camera Batteries
- Extra Camera Memory Card
- Insect Repellent
- Orange Safety Vest
- Extra Gloves
- Pens and Pencils
- Super Glue
Total Weight = 10 pounds
The list has been stable over the years. The only “recent” addition was the super glue after the 2014 Costa Rica trip. Several of the “What to take to the Tropics” lists said take super glue, so I did. And it stays in the backpack still unused.
You’ll notice binoculars are not on the list. They, along with my spotting scope, are always in the car just in case I come across something during the day.
Of course I add food and drink as needed for the day. They aren’t listed since they aren’t permanent parts of the backpack.
What should I discard from the backpack?
What am I missing?