A fishing trip is a great way to relax and have fun at the same time. You may already be looking forward to the thrill of reeling in your catch and feeling the sun on your skin. But before you go fishing, check this list of things you should bring along with you. We hate to sound like your mom here but trust us: it’ll spell the difference between a trip you'll want to remember, or one you'd rather forget.
Fishing gear and tools
You need a lot of different things to catch fish – lures, bait, pliers, multi-tools, and others. To keep things simple, everything you need should be in one kit. If you've been collecting a lot of tools and gear, remember that you don't have to bring them all. Just focus on the ones that will be most important for your trip.
Clothes and personal items
Dressing properly for the fishing trip is critical. It will not only protect you from the weather, but it will also keep you comfortable, so you can enjoy your fishing trip. Clothes that are too tight or too loose can make it hard to move freely.
Because you're going to spend a lot of time in the sun, you need clothes that protect you from harmful UV rays. Don’t forget the sunglasses and hat, and make sure to slather on that sunscreen – sunburn is a bummer!
Don’t miss the other must-haves: first aid kits, snacks, and water. Check if your first aid kit is stocked with bandages and disinfectants in case you get cuts or scrapes.
And bring some water and snacks to keep you hydrated and fed during your fishing trip. With all that rigging and reeling, you're going to get hungry and thirsty for sure.
By putting these in a dry bag or case that is waterproof, you can keep things like your phone and keys dry. Throw in a quick-dry towel, sanitizer, wipes, and any medicine you might need.
Fishing permit and license, weather info
Don't ruin your fishing trip by forgetting to bring your fishing permit and license. Rules vary by state, so be sure to check with local authorities. Lastly, to be on the safe side, be aware of the weather conditions and tides so you know what to expect.