The Importance of Being Prepared
If anything can go wrong, it will. We are all very familiar with this saying and I have seen it in action on trail rides and pack trips more times than I care to count. I’ve found that the mountains are terribly unforgiving of any mistakes. And some of these were little mistakes that ballooned into a big mistake because the person was not prepared. So, after many years and many miles, here is a list of the items that are ALWAYS packed in my saddlebags.
Your personal "Must Have" list may vary somewhat from mine depending upon where you are riding, but you should definitely make a list, gather the items and leave them permanently packed in your western saddlebags. These items will at least make your trip more enjoyable and may even save your life, your horse’s life or the life of someone else who was not prepared.
Just so you don't think I am too serious. . . I also never leave home without my camera, fishing pole, lures and flies, not to mention my rubber raft in case I can’t cast to where the fish are jumping. I also bring camp chairs, because the rocks have gotten awfully hard in the last few years, and a roll up camp table , because there is no sense taking chairs without a table. Last, but not least, I take two mules to pack it on!
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