How to use the word “FISHING” as the only checklist you need to plan the best fishing trip ever! Before you leave home, know the 7 things you must have to make your next fishing trip a success.


No matter if you are fishing alone or with a group, safety is the most important thing. Take care of yourself by packing these items so you can truly enjoy your trip.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Prescriptions, if necessary
  • General Medications i.e. Motion Sickness or Pain Relief
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Towels
  • Toilet Paper


It is always fun to research the destination of your trip. This will provide you with weather information and the types of fish you will likely catch in the area so you can plan ahead.

  • You must get your FISHING LICENSE. To obtain your license, check out this Interactive Map of NOAA Fisheries to find State Fish & Wildlife Office information.
  • Map & Compass- Easily navigate the area you plan on visiting for a hassle- free fishing trip.
  • Cell Phone- A solar charger or extra battery pack will keep you connected throughout the day.
  • 2 Way Radio- Be prepared for emergencies, just in case cell phone service is unavailable in remote fishing areas.


  • T-shirts are a great way to stay cool on fishing trips when the weather is warm. During the colder months use a T-shirt as the first layer of comfort under your windbreaker or coat.
  • Sunglasses are useful for reducing glare on the water and for protection against the sun.
  • Slickers and Rain boots will keep you dry during weather changes while fishing.


  • This means water! Other beverages are fine, but clean drinking water is a must!
  • Hats are a great accessory to block the sun in any climate.


  • Insect repellent will keep you relaxed during the warmer months when your skin is exposed.
  • Insulated clothing is useful in cold weather to keep you comfy on your trip.

Bring Non-perishable foods such as granola bars and trail mix that will keep your energy up while you fish. 


  • Rods and Reels- Find the best Saltwater or Freshwater fishing equipment for your needs.
  • Tackle Box- Besides the typical items like lures, hooks, and bait- don't forget that extra fishing line, pliers, fingerless gloves, and a knife or multi-tool can come in handy.
  • Cooler

Personalize your trip with additional items such as Rope, Paddles, Waders, and Vests after you research your trip location and you are all set for a fun-filled adventure!

Whether this is your first time fishing or a life-long pastime, use the word “FISHING” to plan the perfect trip every time.


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