I finally finished cross referencing 90 sites from a field guide to minerals and fossils to the Arizona Gazetteer!
My celebration consisted of me finding and cleaning up an old leather briefcase to hold the field guide and maps so that they may be accessed quickly. Plus it looks very Indiana Jones. Many times we decide to go at a moment’s notice so I have assembled kits. Like some kind of crazy hiking hoarder. We always have a panning/mining backpack ready to go (just in case).
We also keep a hiking kit ready in a brown plaid backpack.
By far the most important thing of all is water. Even in the winter we take at least a gallon a person. I made these holders crocheted out of plastic bags. They hang from our backpacks and we refill the bottles so no plastic waste.
Arizona weather can go from blazing hot to freezing cold so we always dress in light layers and carry along jackets. Kits are packed and ready for the next adventure!