From Team onX: Hunting Items You Never Thought to Keep in Your Truck

The onX team shares the unusual or unexpected items we pack in our trucks during hunting season.

Building off our recent post “Ten Things to Keep in Your Truck This Hunting Season,” we asked our onX team what less-common or unexpected items they keep in their trucks during the hunting season. Everyone outfits their rig to their own needs and style, and there’s always room to add a few items that might make your time in the woods that much more productive or comfortable. See what our team brings along, and what you might consider adding to your own gear list this season.

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If you’re looking to beef up your in-truck medical kit (it’s a good idea any time of the year), read “Tackling the Hunter’s First Aid Kit” to see our must-have items for medical emergencies (or just treating those blisters and minor cuts that seem to come along with any hunt). 

Edwin T., Product Design: “I carry these: Truck Claws Emergency Traction Aid.”

Matt S., Product Marketing: “I bring spare cheap binos; good ones get stored in the house but it’s nice to have a pair in the truck at all times. They can be used to find game, but also in case of emergencies it’s nice to have them to try and spot other people/trucks that you can have come help you. Also, ketchup packets!”

James L., Customer Success: “I carry a sleeping bag just in case I get stuck overnight.”

Christian F., Creative: “Flares, a few sizes of zip ties, a few sizes of hose clamps, headlamp, flashlight, batteries, lumber crayon (writes on glass and is easily seen), tree marking tape, and fuses of all sizes.”

Dylan D., Hunt Marketing: “I bought a Zeus charger this year that’s already saved me. It’s a mini battery pack that jumps your rig without having another rig there.”

Sean D., Product Manager: “Chains, shovel, toilet paper, and a fishing pole when hunting isn’t productive.”

Jared L., Hunt Marketing: “I always keep a portable air compressor that plugs right into a cigarette lighter. Also, tire patch kits, basic gun cleaning supplies, scent killer wipes, and both AA and AAA batteries!”

Lance F., Engineering: “Ski goggles for windy, snowy retrievals.”

Eric S., Founder: “Pack along a tarp to keep the back of your truck blood-free, hand sanitizer, spare binoculars, and a cell signal enhancer (I use the weBoost Drive).”

Marie M., Engineering: “A standalone battery jump kit. You never know when your battery may decide it’s a great time to die.”

Nick K., Engineering: “ An offroad jack is nice to have, electric air pump, tire pressure gauge, tire repair tool, recovery tow rope or chain, high-quality orange paracord, block and tackle, a long rope (used it to get a deer in my truck bed alone), and soft shackles.”

Jacob W., IT: “Snowshoes are always good to have.”

Jeremy D., Software Development: “Pack a cheap blanket for throwing chains or getting under your truck when it’s wet/snowy. Also bring snap lights for road flares or an additional light, an extra roll of toilet paper, an extra bow release during bow season, and half-gallon milk jugs filled with frozen water. They double as both ice for your cooler and extra water.”

Zach S., Hunt Marketing: “I was inspired by the Offroad team to carry MAXTRAX recovery boards. I also pack an Army surplus wool blanket; when it’s not in use it’s a durable back seat cover, can provide extra cushion/insulation for sleeping, and—most importantly—it’s very warm if I need extra layers. Inexpensive, durable, and still warm when wet. I also bring contractor garbage bags; I’ve used them for keeping meat dust free, for rain protection, or as a makeshift tarp. There are endless uses and you can never have too many of them.”

Lance F., Engineering: “I keep some MICROspikes in the truck.”

Chris F., Customer Success: “A folding saw has saved me from needing to turn around a few times.”

Zack D., Engineering: “I’d replace Matt’s ketchup with hot sauce. Also, pack an extra headlamp and batteries.”

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Jess McGlothlin

Before taking the role of onX Communications Writer, Jess McGlothlin worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor and fly-fishing industries. While on assignment in the past few years she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, stand-up paddleboard down Peruvian Amazon tributaries and eat all manner of unidentifiable food.