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A Forager’s Guide to the Essential Gear

Foraging is a great way to reconnect with what nature has to offer. People have been foraging for centuries. It’s an awesome way to get outdoors and explore. It has become a way of life for me. By foraging and growing your own food, you realize where your food comes from. It does not just magically appear in a store. When I go out to forage, I like to carry a few items with me to make foraging a little easier. Here is my forager’s guide to the essential gear.

My Forager’s Guide to The Essential Gear


Foraging Books

I never go anywhere without some of my foraging books when I am out foraging or backpacking. Here are a few that I take with me.

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods

Edible Wild Plants Field Guide is a great book. I have relied on this one quite a bit. Nice pictures and descriptions. This is a must-have field guide. It features a fresh new cover and nearly 400 color photos, and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America.

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

The Forager’s Harvest is another useful book. I have used this book out in the field. This book has many unique features that will appeal to naturalists, hikers, campers, survivalists, homesteaders, gardeners, chefs, and whole-food enthusiasts. It also has a nice section on preparation techniques and storage.

Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

You will find mouth-watering photography of cranberries, blueberries, huckleberries, strawberries, wild plums, and more. Nature’s Garden shows you new methods for using dandelions. You’ll finally be able to make sense of the tricky wild lettuce/sow thistle group.

Edible Wild Plants: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar North American Species

A nice slim pocket guide that does not take up too much space. Edible Wild Plants is the essential pocket-sized, folding guide to familiar edible berries, nuts, leaves, and plants found in North America and advises how to harvest them.

Backpack and Water

A Forager's Guide to the Essential Gear

Forager’s Backpack

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A forager’s backpack is another essential. It has items that I like to carry with me. You also need someplace to carry out your foraged finds. Sometimes when I am out foraging, I’m not sure where it will take me or how long I will be gone. I like to have some essentials.

Osprey Daylite Backpack

This is my go-to pack. I have had this pack for a while and have been happy with it. It is comfortable and has a good amount of space. It also has many compartments for items. Large panel-loading main compartment swallows gear with ease: padded back panel and shoulder pads for a comfortable carry with a removable frame sheet. The padded interior sleeve protects your foraging gear. There is also a hydration port on the right shoulder.

Nalgene 32 oz bottle

It would be best if you stay hydrated. I use a Nalgene 32 oz bottle. It is a nice large water bottle that allows me to carry plenty of water.

Carabiner Backpack Clips

These carabiner backpack clips are good for hanging gear and strapping things down on your pack.

Cookset and Stove


I like to carry a cookset and a small stove to make some tea, coffee or a nice hot meal. Sometimes you need a soothing cup of tea to keep you going while exploring and foraging. I also made a custom windscreen out of an aluminum roasting tray.

Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Stove

A Forager's Guide to the Essential Gear


This little stove takes up no space in your pack. It works great and will boil water very fast. I love this stove; it is easy to up-pack and folds up into a nice little container. It also fits nicely within my cookset.

A Forager's Guide to the Essential Gear

Optimus Canister Fuel

This canister fits right inside my cookset along with the stove.

Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set 24oz Stainless Steel

This is the cookset I take with me everywhere I go foraging. It’s nice and sturdy. I have customized mine to fit a stainless steel mug nestled on the bottom. (See pictures)

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot

My GSI outdoors stainless steel glacier cup fits securely on the bottom of the Stanley cookset.

This tea ball comes in handy if you want to make a cup of foraged wild tea.

Outdoor Products 3-Pack Ultimate Dry Sack.

A Forager's Guide to the Essential Gear

My entire stove and cookset fit nicely into this sturdy bag made by Outdoor Products.


Forager’s Multi-Tool

Tools like scissors and a knife are other mainstays in my pack.

Awesome tool for cutting and snipping. The sharp scissors and knife fold up nicely and are compact. I use this tool for many aspects of foraging.

Forager’s Knife Set

The Opinel 3 Piece Tools is a nice set in my backpack for cutting and pruning various wild edibles. The knife handles are very comfortable in hand. Great for cutting wild asparagus.

Portable Solar Charger

A Forager's Guide to the Essential Gear

A portable solar charger is a luxury item I like to carry in my pack. The Archeer portable solar charger is a handy solar charger; plug in your USB phone cable to charge your phone. It folds up flat and takes up very little room. It is a powerful solar charger that can charge a tablet or smartphone. This solar charger has helped me out in many situations.

Storage and Bags

When you forage sometimes, it is hit or miss. I always bring plenty of Tupperware that will fit in my pack and leftover plastic shopping bags.


Well, I hope that this forager’s guide to the essential gear will help you on your next foraging adventure.

Check out my foraging page for all of my forging finds and post.
Also check out my hiking post to find out what else I like to carry in my backpack.
Image courtesy of Mister GC at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

**Remember, before you forage, please make sure to identify any items you plan to consume properly. Don’t over-pick; leave some behind for a stronger crop next year. Thanks!

**If you are heading out to a remote location, make sure you give someone a heads up on where you are going. You never know if something may go wrong. At least someone else will know where you are.

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About Financial Forager
I enjoy canning, preserving, foraging and growing my own food. It’s become a way of life. When you grow a vegetable garden, you eat with the seasons. Foraging is the same way. I forage for many types of wild berries and edible plants. Preserving is a great way to store and maintain your garden and foraged finds.


  1. The only thing that I would add to that is, if you have this available, is to ask or beg someone who’s done this before to go out with you the first time so you don’t “learn the hard way”. You’ll still make mistakes, of course, but this human “tool” might help avoid some of the more painful ones. 🙂

    • True, it is always good to have a knowledgeable forager with you. It took me many years to be comfortable identifying edible food. But if you have a few good books and just start with the basics like berries, you should be fine. Thanks for stopping by.

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