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Trek Supply List For Pioneer Excursions

The purpose of this blog is to provide a sort of “Trek Supply List” for everything you might need while hiking–or trekking–through the great outdoors, specifically a Pioneer Youth Trek.

If you’re planning for a Pioneer Trek Supply List there are various items of importance.  Stay tuned while we cover the basics of what every pioneer adventurer needs.

Hydration Containers
When you spend time outdoors, hydration equals survival so your trek supply should consist of water containers.  Regardless of skill, experience, or fitness, hiking under the blazing sun can dehydrate you quickly and lead to more serious complications including heat stroke. C-A-L Ranch offers many types of water bottles! They come in different shapes, sizes, and varieties to help keep you hydrated and combat the negative effects of exposure to the sun.

Water Bottle:

Sun and Wind Protection
Another item you want to bring along is sunscreen. No one enjoys a sunburn! It cuts down on your fun in the sun and can also lead to more serious complications later. To help prevent that, we have sunscreen to meet any requirements. Did you know that your lips can even get sunburned? Grab some lip balm/chapstick to help prevent that discomfort.



A sunburn is not the only burn you need to prepare for. Wind burns can be just as painful and irritating as a sunburn. Bandannas are a great companion to fight off the wind, dust, and bugs from attacking your face and getting into your mouth. C-A-L Ranch offers many options, functional and fashionable, in the bandanna department!


Insect Protection
Your Trek experience will provide fresh air and beautiful sights but it also could mean insects. No matter if you are an insect-lover or an insect-hater, bug spray is necessary to avoid bug bites. Insects can carry many diseases and cause unpleasant irritation to the skin. Be safe and avoid becoming a snack for insects by picking up a bottle of bug spray at your local C-A-L Ranch. Most importantly, do not forget to use it during your outdoor adventures.

Bug Spray:

Keep your body nourished by packing easily accessible snacks and food for your time outdoors. Prolonged physical activity is strenuous on the body. Being well-fed will help you stay active longer and be healthier, too. Your Trek Supply List should include dehydrated foods which are great snack items to have on hand that will keep you active!

Tools and First Aid
Whether you need to cut a rope, a pocket knife will come in handy while adventuring. C-A-L Ranch provides a large selection of fishing equipment as well as several types of pocket knives, depending on your specific wants and needs. A good strong rope may be a useful tool for you during your Trek experience for multiple reasons. We carry a wide assortment of rope types and diameters to fit your every need.  Plus, if there are any small accidents with your pocket knife, C-A-L Ranch also carries first aid kits!

Pocket Knives:

First Aid Kit:


Warm and Comfort

The weather can drastically change during the night. Packing a good quality sleeping bag is essential during those frigid night hours. Dressing in layers and with high-quality socks is also recommended because it is handy to have layers to take away or add when needed. Socks also provide support and protection for your feet against blistering and other injuries.  Your hands need to be healthy to help you throughout the trek.  A good pair of gloves can provide protection for your hands from the elements and the work you may be asked to help with.

Sleeping Bag:

Women’s & Girls Socks

Men’s and Boys Socks


Rain Protection
You may want to grab a poncho or two to avoid getting soaked to the bone on those rainy, gloomy days. Garbage bags provide a place for your trash to avoid littering, but they can also help shield your belongings from getting wet or serve as a makeshift rain poncho.  You can use plastic sheeting also known as “Visqueen” to serve as a ground cloth and shelter from the rain.

Rain Poncho > Rain Ponchos:


Garbage Bags:

Eating Utensils
Don’t forget durable eating utensils on your Trek Supply list.  A simple tin cup, metal pie plate, a fork, spoon, and knife is all you need to make sure when they yell dinnertime!  You’re ready to go.

Metal Pie Plate:


Tin Cups:

The trek is all about walking a long distance in a short time.  A good quality well fitting shoe or boot will go a long way to making your trek experience much more enjoyable.  Don’t make the mistake of getting new boots the day before you leave.  Tip > Make sure you break in your new boots ahead of time or your feet will start talking no more like yelling at you in the form of sore feet, blisters, or potential foot wounds.

Video: How to break in hiking boots >

Wikihow – 14 steps to break in hiking boots >

Storage Containers
This Trek supply packing list is quite long and you will be expected to carry all of what was mentioned and more by yourself. Backpacks or a 5-gallon bucket will provide you with plenty of room for your gear or whatever you might want to take along.

5 Gallon Buckets & Accessories:

You Can pick up all of these items at your local C-A-L Ranch store along with all the other Trek supplies on your list. If you need it, C-A-L Ranch has it.



Fun Country Kitchen Decor Ideas

Country Kitchen Decor Just for You


Remember the stories your parents or grandparents told you about how they were woken up by the rooster crowing in their youth? How they got up early to milk the cows and tend to the chickens before the sun rose each morning? This wonder, commonly known as country life brings fond memories of a bygone era to those who didn’t have to do that. To those who did, a strong work ethic and appreciation for the simple things in life was developed over time. Either way, country kitchen decor is something all can appreciate when considering home decor.

The kitchen is the center of every home whether country or suburban.   Whether you would you like to remodel your suburban kitchen in the spirit of country life and create that feel in your home of simpler times or add to your existing country kitchen, C-A-L Ranch has what you need.

Here are some ideas on how you can translate this scene into your home, utilizing the farm and ranch style home décor section at your local C-A-L Ranch Store or Online at

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Benefits of Eating Locally Harvested Honey

It’s no secret that honey is a great sweetener with benefits that sugar just can’t compete with. But did you know that raw honey — or locally harvested honey — can give you even more benefits than store-bought? We sure did! That’s why we’re bringing locally harvested honey into select C-A-L Ranch Stores. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of eating locally harvested honey.

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Top 5 Game Day Recipes

We love a good excuse to gather up friends and family, throw the coals on, and have a party. Super Bowl Sunday is one of those good excuses. While you’re planning your own spread, consider our Top 5 Game Day Recipes.

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Winter Chores & Activities that Burn Calories

Christmas and New Years have come and gone and winter will soon follow, leaving behind those added pounds from holiday parties, snacks, and treats. Motivation to exercise in the winter can be as low as the temperature! Luckily, though, you don’t need a treadmill in order to exercise. Here are some common chores and activities that will help you burn calories this winter.

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How to Choose a Hydraulic Oil

It pays to be picky when it comes to choosing a hydraulic fluid. Sure, your equipment may run on a less-than-optimal viscosity of hydraulic fluid; however, not using the best lubricant for your machine may shorten its life in the long run. Here’s the info you need to pick the best hydraulic oil for your machine.

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Heavy Duty Carhartt Coats to Keep You Warm

Winter can be harsh, but it shouldn’t slow you down. Whether you’re working out in the farm, tending the ranch, or just trying to survive winter without turning into an icicle, here are some great choices for winter coats from Carhartt. Known for their durability and sturdiness, these coats will get you through winter for years to come.

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How to Dispose of Your Live Christmas Tree

The radio stations have stopped playing Christmas music, the lights are coming down, and everyone’s getting ready for New Years celebrations. Meanwhile, that live Christmas tree you and your family had so much fun chopping down and decorating is becoming more of a fire hazard with every passing day. Need some simple suggestions on how to recycle or repurpose your Christmas tree? Read ahead for some out-of-the-box ideas to give your old Christmas tree new purpose.

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Exercising Your Dog in the Winter

The leaves finished falling a while ago. If you live in the north, you probably look outside to see a blanket of snow; in the south, the air is brisker and you’re probably spending more time indoors. Likewise, your dog isn’t enjoying the freedom of warm weather and long walks these days. Being cooped inside a house all winter can make your dog bored and anxious, and anxious dogs often act out by destroying your possessions. All dogs need to work out their energy during the day, but that’s hard to do when the temperature drops. Here’s some fun winter-oriented activities you can do with your dog to help keep entertained and in shape.

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