How To Pack Your Fishing Gear For A Camping Trip

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You’ve been counting what seemed like endless days, but the time for your camping trip is finally here. You have been eagerly anticipating your foray into the great outdoors. The thought of being closer to nature – and a little further from the hubbub of daily life – makes you even more eager to get out there.

In fact, you have already started getting the materials and gear you will need for your trip. It has taken a few days, but everything on your checklist has been bought – especially the things you need for fishing. If you still need to get any gear go to this fly fishing site. But one thing you may not have thought much about is how everything should be organized when you leave.
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This is a lot more important than most people may realize. When traveling to a camping area, improperly-packed gear can slow you down at the security checkpoint, resulting in a lot of inconvenience. It can also damage certain items or cause you to lose track of something necessary when you finally arrive. All of this can make your camping trip very unpleasant.

To avoid this, here are some helpful tips on how to pack your fishing gear when you go camping.

First, you may want to start off with containers to hold and section off most of your things. It may seem like a given, but packing everything together in large and general groups can get your items mixed up easily. Use containers or bags to sort your items and keep them protected.

If you are using a camp stove to cook your fish, it must be perfectly clean and free of any fuel vapor or residue. Otherwise it can become a fire hazard, and may not be allowed into the camp area. You may also want to arrange to have the fuel containers shipped ahead to the destination, as you likely won’t be allowed to carry them with you.
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If you have any vital boat accessories, such as a GPS system, it is best to pack it separately and securely. The wrong bump on the road or something else falling onto it can do serious damage. Be sure to protect any sensitive equipment or accessories as best as you can.

Make sure that your rods, reels and lines are appropriate for the type of fish you’ll be after. If you know that you will be pursuing big, strong fish, then be sure that your gear will be strong enough to handle the job – otherwise, your fishing expedition can come to an abrupt end.

Be extremely mindful of your fishing hooks. Have these secured properly, securely wrapped and packed accordingly. It would make for a bad surprise if you reached into one of your bags or containers and got a painful surprise from an unsecured fishing hook.

A knife and/or multipurpose tool will be essential, but you don’t want to lose or misplace it. These usually come with a holster or clip – make sure that the knife or tool is attached to it unless you are using it there and then. When finished, always place your knife or tool in its holster.

You will most likely have your wallet, a cellphone and other small valuables with you on your trip. Set aside a special container for these – one that is preferably waterproof and can be closed tightly. Not only do you want to keep the elements away from your delicate valuables, but you don’t want them to fall out and get lost. Keep up with this container at all times!

Having the right gear and tools for your trip is only part of preparing for your camping trip. By organizing and packing them properly, you’ll make sure that everything will reach the destination in one piece and can be easily found with little to no hassle.

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  1. Jeff March 13, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Great advice for anglers who camp a lot. We all know fishing equipment is expensive and can be dangerous to lose. Lots of great tips here to follow. Also if you’re looking for a great fish finder that’s ultra portable, check out the Deeper Fish Finder. A camping angler’s dream!

    • scott V. lenz March 7, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Jeff, You are right, I have found lots of information about camp. May I know where to find Deeper FIsh finder??

  2. Terrell Campbell June 7, 2015 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Hey, thank you for this!

    Any tips for people going on a camping trip for the first time? For starters, what kinda food is ideal to bring?


    • Annette White June 7, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

      The ideal food would depend on what style of camping you will be doing and the equipment you will have with you. If you are at a typical campsite with access to bbqs and/or propane stove the possibilities are almost limitless. Things like chili, quesadillas, oatmeal, country-style potatoes, hot dogs, one-pot meals and of course Smores! Also, bringing dried nuts and fruits is a good idea.

  3. Luke November 6, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Don’t forget pliers! If you were to get a fishing hook stuck in your hand or arm and you were miles from anyone who can help, a good pliers will save you. Trust me, I’ve been there. I was an hour away from anywhere when I got a treble hook stuck in my forearm, alone, on the lake. I was able to use the side cutter on the pliers to cut off the barb and pull the hook out. Scary moments!

  4. Fishing Guy November 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Great advice! Always remember extra dry gear as well .. lol .. I have a tendency to always get wet 😛

  5. David July 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Proper planning when packing is a must, else you’ll forget to bring your most needed items

  6. larissa September 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    These are awesome tips. I usually don’t fish on camping trips but I have decided that for my upcoming one I would try to catch my own food, so hopefully this helps get me started on fishing and the organization for it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kaitlyn October 13, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Proper planning is very important. These are great tips – especially the one about using containers for fishing nets! It’s such a time saver!

  8. Steve P October 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I’m just getting into proper fishing now. I’ve always been a bit of an amateur but the time has come to upgrade my skills. Planning is the best first step.

  9. Dean November 10, 2016 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Great advice! A well planned trip is important to make sure everyone has a great time.

  10. Trickyfisher November 30, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

    nice information dude, when you go to fishing then you must have a plan and a well plan make your fishing trip very much success. thanks for your tips

  11. James Williams December 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Also: Be mindful of where your first aid kit is at all times. Case in point: My buddy got stung as we were tearing down camp. He’s allergic. But he’s always insisted on keeping a first-aid kit — with an epi-pen — in his glovebox, so we averted disaster.

  12. Marc Smith December 22, 2016 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Someone caught a good piece of fish

  13. Diver S January 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Good list. I recommend a multi-tool with a wire cutter on it. It is not all that uncommon for someone to get a hook through the skin and you don’t want to have to pull it back through with the barb still on it.

  14. Lisa Schofield January 29, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Really good stuff you add to the list. Would love to recommend this to any backpacker who want to be a part of nature. Having the right gear and tools for your trip is only part of preparing for your camping trip. There are other skills which need to be mastered also. Thank you for sharing this and please keep it up

  15. Ryan February 3, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Great advice for packing fishing gear for a camping trip! its always important to plan accordingly and be prepared! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Aaron C March 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    With the rise of glamping its good to know how to pack it all! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Steven@ FishFindly March 21, 2017 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Wonderful Articles About Preparation Before Fishing. I remember when i first went to fishing with my dad. It is a great remember able memory of ones life. I think every father should take his kid for fishing every vacation because it create a family bonding. I try to share my memory with you.

  18. McKenzie April 20, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Great post! I also think it is so important to use smaller containers and bags to further organize. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Bailey May 18, 2017 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Helpful tips for all fish lover. Any tips for individuals going on an outdoors trip interestingly? For one thing, what kinda nourishment is perfect to bring?

  20. Ollie June 3, 2017 at 1:13 am - Reply

    On my way up to the north of Sweden to catch some Pike. I have a few secret spots not many knows about. I have three days alone, without family =)

  21. Enrique B. Pauley June 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Fristly i share my last year Fishing Experienced is that such an awesome happiness when i caught a big fish.Such kinds of fish i can not seen before thats my happiness.

    In this article mostly recomnded all the fishing lovers is that collect and put the all kind of necessary things before you go to fishing camping.Great Information Thanks.

  22. Hayden June 30, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Great advice here. I have a lot of experience with camping and fishing and I almost always forget something… But this is a great article to read and then create a check list from to inspect before leaving to go camping. Thanks for sharing the insight!

  23. Pat Kerr July 2, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

    This looks like an awesome setup. Enjoy! it’s good to learn about other methods, It’s helpful for the evolution of camping using new ideas

  24. Tim Southee July 6, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Absolutely fantastic tips to go through. Good preparation for fishing is necessary. If its sunny fishing can get very difficult. Would recomend a big hat for fellow anglers if you are in a place like me. A fellow angler recommended deep sonar fish finder I would recommend Raymarine DragonFLy series because deeper has connectivity issues because its operating on wifi and can get tricky to have proper communication between cell phone and the deeper transmitter.

  25. Cameron Bennett October 23, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I like that you mention that to store fishing hooks securely and properly so that they don’t cause any damage. It’s important to store fishing gear properly so that you don’t have any damaged pieces when you are actually ready to fish. I’ve been wanting to go fishing for a while now since it’s been a few years, but I’ll have to make sure that I have all the proper gear before I go.

  26. Jennifer Berkey November 25, 2017 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Camping is always fun and the element of discovery is always present. I couldn’t agree more in this post!

  27. FishingStone March 11, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Camping gear and fishing gear can be expensive. Is always a good idea to clean it and properly store it so that is ready for the next camping/Fishing adventure.

    I have some heavy duty Rubbermaid containers were I store all my camping gear, and some of the fishing gear as well. I love this containers because they are bug free and dust free. So after cleaning my gear, I store it and is clean and free of pests.

  28. Alex D. May 6, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Great tips, I think you can use Portable Fishing Kit for your fishfinder or GPS devices, it is waterproof and quite easy to transport. Have a fun fishing trip

  29. Jason July 4, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Love this advice. As a fishing guide in WI, it’s imperative that people are prepared with the right tools. Not being properly supplied can cause all sorts of unnecessary issues while out on the water. The same goes for camping. So many little problems can turn into big problems without the right tools.

  30. Muskie Baits August 29, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Great, handy guide. Thanks for sharing. One thing you might want to consider for your small valuables, like your cell phone, is a dry bag. They’re pretty cheap and work well. It’s saved me plenty of times.

  31. click here September 11, 2018 at 2:11 am - Reply

    You will most likely have your wallet, a cellphone and other small valuables with you on your trip. Set aside a special container for these – one that is preferably waterproof and can be closed tightly. Not only do you want to keep the elements away from your delicate valuables, but you don’t want them to fall out and get lost. Keep up with this container at all times!

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