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Gone fishin’!  Fishing trips are all-American, inexpensive, and all-around fun family vacations!  Pick a location, set a date, and you are ready to go.  Here are the essentials that you need to pack for your next family fishing trip.

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Everything You Need For Your Next Fishing Trip

Gone fishin’!  Fishing trips are all-American, inexpensive, and all-around fun family vacations!  Pick a location, set a date, and you are ready to go.  Here are the essentials that you need to pack for your next family fishing trip.

Equipment/Tackle

  • Rods and reels – Whether you have your own or are renting, probably the most integral part of fishing is the rod.  These can take up a lot of space in a boat, so try to only bring as many as you need, with room for one back-up.

  • Flies, lures, and tackle – Check with local bait and tackle shops about current fishing conditions and advice about what sort of tackle and lures you should use.

  • Line and leader – These thin strings can be easily lost or break while on the water.  Make sure to always carry spare line and leader material.

  • Bucket or container – Don’t forget to bring a sturdy bucket or container to collect all of your winnings from the day!

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Clothing

  • Sun protection – One of the most important things to pack for warm climate fishing is plenty of gear to help fend off harmful UV rays.  High SPF sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, hats, and light layers are the best to keep your skin happy and healthy.

  • Rain gear – Whether it is in the forecast or not, plan on running into inclimate weather on your trip.  Make sure to keep a poncho or protective rain jacket in the event of sudden showers.

  • Water shoes or sandals – Close-toes shoes or ones designed specifically for the water are perfect for wading in lakes, rivers, or the ocean.  If you plan on fishing from a boat, sandals are another comfortable option.

  • Change of clothes – In the event you run into rain or even tip your boat, it never hurts to have a back-up outfit on you.  Make sure to pack it in a ziploc or water-proof, sealed bag!

Everything You Need For Your Next Fishing Trip

Personal Items

  • First aid kit – It never hurts to keep a small first aid kit on you.  Include basics such as bandages, gauze, alcohol swabs or wipes, antibiotic ointment, and pain relievers to help with inevitable bumps and bruises along the way.

  • Insect repellent – Bugs can ruin your trip if you let them.  If you plan on fishing in a highly wooded area, make sure to pack bug spray or insect repellent wipes.

  • Camera – Pack a point-and-shoot camera to catch memories of your favorite catches of the day!  Either purchase a disposable camera or pack a waterproof one of your own.

  • Portable speaker – A fun way to pass the time on long fishing trips is with music!  Pack a waterproof portable speaker to jam to some of your favorite fishing tunes.

Do you plan on taking a family fishing trip this summer?

Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she studies Linguistics and Computer Science. Jane plays trombone and lacrosse and is the biggest animal lover you'll meet!