One of the most important things you can bring into the bush with you besides a knife and a flint is a hat...yes that's right, a hat.
The old saying goes...when you are cold put on a hat.
My favorite type of hat to bring into the bush with me in temperate climates is the venerable "boonie", made famous by U.S. special forces.
There are several reasons why I prefer this hat over the numerous others out there:
1.) It is light-weight and made of cotton (not great for the real cold weather but we are talking temperate climates here).
2.) Chin strap to keep it secure on your noggin.
3.) Wide brim for very good sun protection (both sun glare to the eyes and sunburn on the face).
4.) My boonie has loops around it to insert small objects like sunscreen or bug dope.
5.) SUPER compact...when I am not wearing it it can be crumpled into a small ball and placed in my pocket or rucksack.
In the colder climates I usually prefer some kind of wool skullcap to try and keep the head warm and snug.
I must say though, head over to your nearest Army-Navy store and pick up a boonie for $10, it will be one of the best investments you can make.
...that is all.
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