Accidents are bound to happen when you go fishing or camping. Still, can you eliminate the likelihood of accidents altogether? Not really. What you can do is try to be as prepared as possible for any scenario.
This is why, in today’s article, we will focus on the main gear that you’ll find handy during fishing, camping, hiking or whenever you feel like being adventurous out there in nature.
Whether you’re going camping overnight, or you’re planning a one-day trip, a knife shouldn’t miss from your backpack. Let’s say that you want to do some fishing on your trip – a knife will come in handy when you’ll have to fillet a fish or cut a rope. In fact, as an enthusiast fisherman, the odds are that you’ve found yourself in need of a trusty knife.
At the same time, if you like to combine camping with fishing, then a survival knife is a long-term investment that will be your go-to whenever you head into the wilderness.
A knife is to campers what a gun is to hunters. But even hunters will find having a survival knife at hand useful. The thing is that a knife can handle everyday tasks and it’s also a handy tool for unexpected, more demanding scenarios.
• Insect Repellent
In lines with a camping report from 2018, it seems that roughly 77 households based in the US go camping on a yearly basis. At the same time, over the last couple of years, there has been an increase in the people interested in camping.
As for the official stats for recreational fishing, they outline the same trend: that many Americans practice freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing. But even if outdoor activities can be rewarding on many levels, they might come with a bunch of small inconveniences – such as the numerous insects that you can see wherever you go.
The thing is that you cannot avoid insects. This is why the one thing you could do is take a reliable insect repellent with you whenever you’re on an outdoor adventure. While it is true that, when you’re camping, you want to keep your luggage to a minimum, having insect repellent won’t make your backpack bulky or anything of the kind. But it is going to be a life-saver when you’ll be surrounded by mosquitoes.
• Matches or a Lighter
Let’s move on to another essential item that shouldn’t miss from your backpack – a lighter, or, alternatively, some matches. On a moment’s notice, you might have to start a fire on the spot. Perhaps you want to go all natural – which is, indeed, possible. Nevertheless, the natural alternative can take a lot of your time, not to mention that, in the case of emergencies, struggling to start a fire for hours is the last thing you want to do.
That being said: always take a lighter or some matches – or both, to be on the safe side. At the same time, make sure that the matches are kept dry, in a separate bag or something similar. You don’t want to keep your matches in the same bag where you keep the fishing bait!
• A Pair of Sturdy Gloves
The reason why you should also pack a pair of durable gloves is that, in the wild, you will most likely have to gather up some wood. Many times, the wood you find is not chopped up in the size you might need it to, not to mention that there are many branches that could hurt you.
Having some gloves will prevent this from happening – you won’t have to worry about blisters, cuts, burns, so on and so forth. Even a small cut can turn out to be problematic when you’re out in the wilderness, without the option of getting medical assistance. Of course, the same applies to fishing. Handling a fish and releasing it off the hook, for instance, can be easier and safer with a pair of sturdy gloves.
• Water Storage
Obviously, water is as indispensable, just as food. But water tends to be heavier to carry. This is why most campers and fishermen oftentimes choose to get a filter with them and, instead of carrying a significant water quantity; they filter the water from whatever source they stumble across in their itinerary.
Collapsible water containers are more than perfect for the job. Another thing to carry in mind is that some of the sources of water you stumble across might not be safe for consumption. On that note, you might consider investing in a purifier.
• Navigation System
You can choose from the following navigation systems: a map, altimeter, compass, GPS device, satellite messenger or personal locator beacon. Perhaps the handiest and convenient unit from the list is the GPS, which allows you to determine your precise, accurate location, in case you’re lost.
At the same time, using a GPS doesn’t require a lot of in-depth knowledge or anything of the kind. Hence, beginner and advanced fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts can use it successfully. Still, the thing about GPS is that it runs on batteries. This means that, eventually, you will run out of batteries. The same can be said if you use the GPS on your phone.
This is why some fishermen still use a compass. It is basically an indispensable device for heading out in the wilderness because you don’t depend on energy or power to use it.
Even if, according to your plan, you won’t be doing any exploring in the darkness, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This is why you should invest in a reliable headlamp as well. This way, if you get lost in the wild and you cannot find your way, the headlamp will be extremely important.
In comparison to a regular lantern, a headlamp is more practical and convenient as it allows you to walk freely, without being tied to carrying a lamp. This is crucial when you’re trying to find your way at night. Make sure you also have a bunch of extra batteries with you, to be safe.
The Bottom Line
Obviously, there are many items that are of great importance when you’re going fishing. It is up to you to customize your packing list depending on the items you will need. Still, what we included in this guide represents the very basics – the gear that will make your fishing trips safer and more rewarding.