Good luck Grumpy!
I don’t do anything to get ready. My gear is just like it was last year, and so I just grab it. Most of the time I just bring my bow and back quiver. If I get something, I go back to the house for my possibles bag with my gutting / dragging stuff in it.
If I’m in the national forest I take the possibles bag with me. It has a compass and a flash light in it.
Food? Nah. Survival gear? Nah.
I just got back from a week in the Arapahoe national forest in CO. Only lost a pound this time 🙁