I always get pretty excited when it comes to preparing for a new fishing expedition, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not all fun and games. You have to make a list and try to be as organized as possible to avoid leaving something out of your backpack. That’s why I came up with the idea of writing a post about the things I take with me and hopefully they’ll give you some useful pointers.
One of the first things that I feel compelled to point out is that your fishing clothing is the most important consideration. Try to take the weather into account because the last thing that you would want to do is go out with summer fishing clothing while the weather is freezing. Obviously, nobody would do that, but make sure to bring some quality rain gear along because honestly, with the climate changes happening nowadays, you really can’t know when disaster might strike.
As for personal items, I’d like you to look at whether you take medication on a regular basis. Regardless of the season that you will undertake your angling in, bringing some sunscreen, hand wash, as well as an insect repellent is always a good idea. In fact, if you have enough room in the trunk of your car, you might need to bring a small first aid kit along. It’s packed with bandages, pain relievers, antibiotic ointment, and alcohol swabs. Obviously, if what you intend to do is fish in Canada or Mexico, you have to bring along all of your ID, visas, your passport, and virtually any required documentation that is typically required when you go out of the country.
I’m not going to go into great detail with regard to your fishing equipment because it relates to the type of fishing you perform. Nonetheless, I do recommend that you bring along some polarized sunglasses and a waterproof camera. Who knows when you might catch a trophy fish and there’s no electronic device to capture the moment?
Finally, you have to think beforehand and bring some food along. If you are not going to go especially far, I would suggest having a protein-packed breakfast before leaving on your trip. Bring some beef jerky, boiled eggs, tortilla wraps, veggies, as well as dips. A trail mix wouldn’t hurt, either, as I have noticed that I tend to want to nibble on something while I’m waiting for the fish to bite.
I hope that this post has helped you in some way or the other and that you take it into account the next time that you set out for your fishing trip.