While out shooting prairie dogs this weekend, I realized that my usual stash of ear plugs in my backpack was depleted. I was in desperate need of finding some hearing protection.
I tried several things. For one, I took out a piece of paper from my wallet and crinkled it until it became soft like cotton, then I twisted it up and jammed it into my ears. This was less than effective and uncomfortable, so I looked for an alternative.
I tried several things but with no real luck. I even thought about using mud, no joke. It occured to me that a practical way to further utilize the crooked horn lens cloths I have fastened to my bino harness would be to take two small foam earplugs and stuff them in the pack of the neoprene pouch and then stuff the lens cloth back in to hold them inside. This is a lightweight and fool proof backup for me, since it's hard to separate me from any of my optics.
Another challenge I faced was a brutal wind which was constantly blowing dust and vegetation pieces into my eyes while lying in the prone position. For this I had no practical solution in the field. I thought of something that if I was carrying them, would have worked or at least helped, Such as making a mask out of a cheap cotton bandana... or carrying sunglasses.
The winds did cause some minor pain in my eyes from the dust and grit, and I would have found my time spent outdoors more enjoyable if I had been properly prepared.