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Looking for a fishing trip packing list?

If you’re like me, you have fond memories of going on a fishing trip with your family growing up. But, if you’re also like me, you’re not much of a sportswoman and don’t exactly know what to bring fishing.

What to bring fishing? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with my fishing trip packing list. Geeves is here to save the day. You may be on a fishing charter that has all the necessary equipment. Or, maybe you’re going yourself.

In this blog, I’ll share…

  • What to bring fishing
  • What not to bring fishing
  • How to use your best judgement on your fishing trip
  • Amazon shopping lists so you can shop direct

Before We Begin

To make shopping for your fishing trip easier, I’ve created a Fishing Trip Packing List you can shop directly on Amazon. Look out for “Shop Now” in each section (below).

Follow the easy steps:

Step 1: Find your packing list below

Step 2: Click on the Amazon “Shop Now” link to start shopping

Step 3: Add items to your shopping cart

It’s that easy!

[Please note: this post was originally published in July 2020 and updated Sept 2021]

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Before we dive into any stories or reviews, I thought you should know… As of this posting, the following blog posts are not sponsored. Any products or services reviewed were paid for out of my own pocket unless otherwise noted.

What to Bring Fishing: My Fishing Trip Packing List

What to Keep in Your Wallet: Shop Now

  • Fishing license
  • Cash
  • ID
  • Insurance Card
    if you go to ER. Hey! Fishing injuries can happen.

How to Carry it All: Shop now


  • Waterproof bag
    For clothing and other essentials.
  • Waterproof phone carrying case
  • Waterproof fanny pack

What’s in the Bag: Shop Now


  • Cell phone
  • Car charger kit
  • GPS
  • Map in case you lose signal
  • Sunblock
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Over the counter remedy for sea sickness
    don’t be the person that pukes
  • Fish informational pamphlet
    you kinda need to know the fishing regulations
  • Rain ponch
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottles or other drinks
  • Snacks
    no one likes a hangry fisherwoman aboard!
  • Towels
    hand towel & body towel
  • Foldable Chair
    a lot of hurry up & wait, get cozy
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Hot Cocoa in a Stanley Vacuum Bottle
  • Sports Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray
  • Go Pro
  • 3 Way GoPro Accessory

Necessary Fishing Equipment: Shop Now

Fishing Equipment and Tools

  • Bait & Tackle Box
    Use the associated rods, lines, and reels for the type of fishing you’re doing. If you’re not sure what you’ll need for the specific fish you’re catching or how to use equipment, go to a tackle shop the day of and they’ll help you.
  • Bring two tackle boxes
    • 1 small: holds immediate essentials. You’ll carry this box down to the dock (or wherever you’re fishing)
    • 1 large: holds extra supplies, tools, and equipment. You’ll leave this in your car in case you need it.
  • Net
    to scoop up fish
  • Tape Measure
    is your fish’s size legal to catch?
  • Scale
    how much does your fish weigh?
  • Additional fishing rod
    in case your 1st is ruined or gets taken by fish

What Clothing to Wear Fishing: Shop Now

Fishing Equipment and Tools

  • Waterproof overalls
  • Non skid rubber boots or closed toe shoes
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Heated Vest
  • Extra pair of socks
    in case yours get soaked
  • A change of clothes
    who knows if you’ll get wet or smelly
  • UV Protected Clothing
    the rays can be harsh after hours in sun
  • Vest
  • Hat
  • Mosquito Net Hat

How to Store Your Fish: Shop Now

Fishing Equipment and Tools

  • Cooler
    to transport fish home
  • Ice
    so they stay nice & fresh
  • Bucket
    after your big catch!

So, we’ve covered what to bring fishing…

Here’s What NOT to Bring on Your Fishing Trip:

  • Illegal substances
    • Marijuana
    • Illegal drugs
    • Drugs not prescribed to you (if they are, bring bottle)
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol

Fishing in Maine: A Great Fishing Trip in Rangeley Lake

What’s it like fishing in Rangeley Lake? What kind of fish you can catch there?

Tips to Use Your Best Judgement on Your Fishing Trip

There’s a lot that can go wrong if you’re not smart. Here are things you should consider when going on a fishing trip.

  1. Don’t go fishing without a fishing license.
  2. Don’t forget to bring sun blocking essentials (sunblock, hat, long sleeved shirt, etc.)
  3. Look up weather so you know how to dress
  4. Book fishing charter in advance
  5. Research the fish in the area you’re going to. Also if you can, ask a local fisherman (you can find one at the bait & tackle shops in the area) for more information.
  6. Follow the guidelines in that region. Don’t catch more fish than is legal to do so.
  7. Be sure to measure the fish as per the requirements.
  8. Look up sea conditions ahead of time.
  9. Keep in mind what essentials you’ll need for the type of fishing trip you have planned. For example, what you’ll need for lake fishing is different than what you’ll need for sea fishing. (rods, lines, reels, etc.)
  10. Take extra spool with you. Who knows if yours gets caught or dropped in the water and you end up needing way more.

You’d think this goes without saying but… don’t be the person that goes to jail on your fishing trip. Follow the law and everyone will have a good time.

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I hope my handy little Fishing Trip Packing List comes in handy for you on your next fishing trip!

To get inspiration, read about my adventures fishing at Rangeley Lake in Maine

If you could catch any fish, what would it be? And would you bring it home for dinner? I’d love to know. Comment below!

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