Choosing the right gear is a critical part of a road trip hunt, because you can only cram so much stuff into a truck (or a truck and a trailer). We decided to hunt water exclusively. Even though we knew there would be geese hitting the local fields, we also knew we didn’t have enough space to run a proper field spread for ducks and geese, plus a good water spread. So we left the field spread at home and packed five-dozen mallard floaters, two spinners, six goose floaters, and two-dozen diver decoys, plus waders, and an old canoe. We also brought layout blinds because we expected many of the potholes to have minimal cover. We ended up hunting out of those layout blinds every day except for one. We had our best shoots in small puddles in the middle of cut wheat fields. The takeaway? Pick the spread and gear that give you some flexibility to hunt different habitats and different species, but know that you can’t bring it all. It’s almost always better to have one really good spread, than two half-ass spreads.