I would say first and foremost, taking care of your feet. Crispi or kentrek boots are worth the money though they seem expensive. Another essential in my mind would be a good shelter system like either a wall tent or a backpack lightweight Kifaru type set up. Other than that I would say some sort of water filtration system and a good pack like an exo. There is many different little things that will take you years to get the “perfect list” but that’s part of the experience! Have fun and good luck.Hey guys me and a buddy of mine have got the bug. We have talked about it for a few years, and now that the kids are older we are planning on taking our first trip out west next year. Besides guns and optics which we already have what are the must haves for the hunt/enjoyment out there (thinking Colorado right now) We would love to be the lucky rookies but are being realistic and understand that the first years will more than likely be more of learning than killing. We both have kids so we are trying to be smart about what we buy and want to start with the essentials. I have already learned a lot from other peoples post in my 18 hours here. Thanks in advance for any help!