Cattle Drive Vacation Gear

Authentic cattle drive vacations take place in the great outdoors. For those who are considering their first cattle drive retreat, there are few questions more important than this one: “What should I pack?”

Cattle Drive Gear Rules

Packing for an outdoor adventure is not the same thing as packing for a typical vacation. First of all, those shorts? You might want to leave them back at the house. Shorts and cowboy boots look sort of strange together, not to mention the way exposed lower legs tend to receive the brunt of the damage the range has to offer. Rocks, sand, sage brush, critters, horse and cow stuff… these are all things you should avoid making contact with. A nice well-worn pair of denim jeans seems to work well enough for us.

So, now that we have been over the shorts thing, let’s talk Gear Rules for your Montana cattle drive vacation.

Rule 1: Weight Is the Enemy

Cattle drives, just like any expeditionary outdoor adventure, involve moving from point “A” to point “B.” Now, this might seem like a simple-enough proposition, but the fact is this: every bit of weight a person takes out into the field means an extra bit of weight that person must carry around all the time. It might not seem like much, but added weight here and there really add up.

Rule 2: Use the Right Tools

Luckily for us, many manufacturers have designed outdoor gear in utilizing cutting-edge materials that are warm, light-weight, and packable. You might pay a premium for the latest synthetic-insulation mid layer, but when you’ve been out all day and you’re still comfortable, you’ll thank yourself.

Rule 3: Layers are Your Friend

Most outdoor gear systems are comprised of three layers: The base layer sits next to the skin. Its job is to regulate heat and moisture where you notice it the most. The mid layers are next; mid layers are usually specific to the needs of the task at hand. A nice fleece might be adequate for a crisp Spring ride; an 850-fill-power down jacket might be required for a winter foray. The shell layer forms the final layer of protection between you and the elements. Its job is to keep out rain and wind, especially if worn over a mid layer that doesn’t perform well when wet.

Rule 4: Pack It Up

A good day-pack carries your water, snacks, personal effects, and layers shed over the course of the day. A backpack with 22-30 liters of carrying capacity should work great for day-long adventures. A larger solution might be necessary for longer trips.

Cattle Drive Vacation Gear

Montana and Wyoming offer an excellent opportunity to try out all your outdoor gear in an environment sure to test your mettle. For more information about what to bring on your cattle drive vacation, give the folks down at Dryhead Ranch a call today. They are waiting to help you prepare for a vacation you will never forget.

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