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What To Bring On Forays

By in Foray Advice

Foray Preparedness

It’s important to be prepared when you are going on a foray. Make sure you follow this checklist and bring each item. Your experience will be that much better. 

 

What To Bring

BASKET
Or any other suitable container for your finds. Plastic bags don’t work. A mesh sack will work.

WAX PAPER OR WAX BAGS

To keep your mushrooms separate, particularly different types. Putting your mushrooms in plastic bags will cause them to spoil rapidly.

KNIFE

A sturdy knife with a lanyard or string to attach to your person. It’s uncanny how knives get lost.

BRUSH

A soft brush like a small paint brush to clean dirt and insects off of your finds.

STURDY BOOTS

Bring some sturdy boots and anything else you would normally take with you for a half-day hike

WATER

We are moving a lot, don’t forget to stay hydrated!

TROWEL

A small trowel or scoop is useful when retrieving complete specimens.

MAGNIFYING GLASS

Useful for examining gills and other features of your finds.

WHISTLE

Useful for keeping in touch with other members of the foray group.

COMPASS

Carry one and know how to use it. It is very easy to get lost when you are concentrating on finding mushrooms and not watching your surroundings.

FIRST AID

Bring any medications or first-aid that you need on your hike

MUSHROOM KEY

Take along a reliable mushroom key (reference) and learn how to use it. One popular reference with identification key is David Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified (Ten Speed Press: Berkeley. 1979) [LINK]

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