What To Take With You On A Mushroom Hunt?

Many people, after watching shows or reading books about mushrooms, decide to try on the role of a mushroom picker. But not everything is so simple, because, as a rule, theory differs from practice. Therefore, it is necessary to know at least elementary safety rules and follow simple instructions.

What to take with you to the forest for mushrooms? Remember, the more you take, the harder it will go. You should only have the bare minimum of the following items with you:

1. Basket

This is the best option, as your finds will remain safe and sound, and everything else will not deteriorate. After all, if you use the same bag or bag for this, then the mushrooms will not only be wrinkled, but even when used, they may turn out to be inedible due to the fact that you carried them all day through the forest, then they were taken somewhere in a plastic bucket or bag without access air.

But do not forget, your basket should be convenient and functional, first of all for you.

2. Knife

Remember, mushrooms should absolutely not be pulled out of the ground, so as not to damage the mycelium. They only need to be cut off at the base. The knife should be compact and easily accessible, and in order not to lose it, it can be tied to a belt or basket with a rope.

3. Stick

Small, about 1 meter, preferably thin, but strong. You will need it in order to look for mushrooms among trees and grass, and you can also tie a knife to it to avoid loss. You can find in the forest and adapt to your needs.

4. Compass

Many, walking into a familiar forest, think that they will never be able to get lost. In fact, statistics prove otherwise. Therefore, on your journey you need to take such a useful thing as a compass, but first make sure that it correctly shows the cardinal directions.

5. First aid kit

Not required, but to avoid. You never know what might happen at the moment. Therefore, here is the best option for medicines that are good to take with you to the forest:

– Painkillers;

– Patch;

– Bandages and gauze;

– Tablets for the stomach and for headaches;

– Antiallergic.

It is better to collect all this in a small box and pack it in a waterproof bag.

6. Matches

In any case, a very useful thing. But before you throw it in your backpack, it’s better to check if they work well. Don’t limit yourself to one package. Also put in a bag so they don’t get wet. As a good alternative you can take headlamps for hunting.

7. Clock

For orientation and determination of the end of your exciting journey

8. Cell phone

A must if you don’t have a compass and watch. Again, make sure it’s fully charged. And remember, in some parts of the forest, the connection may not catch.

9. Thread and needle

This is not only to patch up your clothes, but also to pull out a splinter.

10. Cloth for hands or gloves

Hands must always be clean!

11. Food

Sometimes, it is very easy to get carried away forgetting not only about time, but also about food intake. Therefore, it is better to take with you to the forest when hiking for mushrooms a small snack that will recharge you with new forces.

Terrain and mushrooms

Often beginners forget that only certain mushrooms grow in a certain area. Therefore, it is better to immediately ask those who have already been there or on the Internet about what finds are expected, and what is better not to look for.


When you are already in the forest and after a long search found a mushroom, but are not sure if it is poisonous or not, set it aside. Collect already familiar, and show the postponed mushroom to foresters or people who have experience in this type of activity.


Never throw yourself into the pool with your head. You should not tear out the mushrooms along with the roots, the mycelium will simply collapse and then nothing will grow there. Cut carefully, and if there is no knife, unscrew. After all, mushrooms practically do not change their place of “residence”, and next year there will be the next harvest.

Also, it is better to immediately cut off the eaten hat and clean the legs, this will help you navigate the mushrooms. And at the beginning, you should call an experienced mushroom picker with you, he will definitely not let you pick poisonous mushrooms.

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