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Your Ultimate Camping And Fishing Guide

Your Ultimate Camping And Fishing Guide

If you love camping and fishing, you should look to combine these activities and make some time for yourself with a camping and fishing holiday.

Those that love to get in touch with nature can jump in their car and head off with a minimum of equipment. However, this would be a terrible idea for some, and to make the most of your time and efforts, you should place more thought into the process.

Your ultimate camping and fishing guide helps you consider your options in arranging your trip.

Where do you want to go fishing and camping?

Given there are many fantastic destinations to choose from, one of the first things you need to do is choose where you are going to camp and fish. You might be looking for a local destination, one you can drive to within a few hours. You might be looking to visit another country, and take in the fishing overseas.

The style of holiday you wish to take, and where you want to visit, will impact what you can take. If you are travelling by car, you are limited to what you can pack into your car and buy at the resort. If you are flying to another country, you are limited by airline baggage restrictions, which might be more limited.

Also, if you have fishing equipment you intend to take with you, you must account for this before you arrange a camping trip.

What is your idea of camping fun?

Even though camping and fishing indicates a return to nature and perhaps a more rustic setting, there are many ways to make the most of a camping trip. For some people, setting up a tent in a wild camping area, perched by a lake is their idea of heaven.

For others, there is a need for more sophistication, and some home comforts. Even when you camp, if you locate yourself somewhere with power points and flattened surfaces, laid out for comfortable camping, your trip might be more leisurely than some anglers.

You can also consider glamping, staying in a mobile home or even in a resort which offers chalets or hotel rooms nearby a fishing lake.

There is no shortage of options to select from when booking a camping and fishing trip, and of course, your choice of camping style dictates everything you need to bring.

What camping equipment you need?

If you want to make the most of your camping trip, you need to know what camping equipment you need. The equipment that is right for you depends on many factors, as does what you decide to buy. Your budget, health, circumstances, the number of people travelling, where you are travelling to, and what you intend to do all impact on the camping equipment you need.

We will discuss the fishing equipment you need for your trip later on in this guide, but for now, let’s consider the basics of camping equipment.

Shelter and comfort should always be the starting point when it comes to camping equipment, and the following items are essential in maximising your enjoyment when camping:

  • Air pump if needed for an airbed
  • Mallet, spare pegs and puller
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat or camp bed if tent camping
  • Spare batteries, portable charger and cables
  • Table and camping chairs
  • Tent
  • Tent repair kit, paracord, gaffa tape, cable ties, sewing kit
  • Torch and head torch
  • Windbreak

It is also important you stay clean and healthy on your trip. If you go to a resort that has cleaning facilities, the following items might be less essential. However, if you are camping in the wild, the following products should be included in your equipment, or you might ruin your trip:

  • Face masks to wear in communal areas
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Medicine you are required to take
  • Toiletries including soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Tooth brush and toothpaste
  • Towels

You will also need dining equipment and clothing essentials, but as the guide is following the basics of what you need for a trip, it is important to select the right sort of tent.

How to choose a tent

If you choose the wrong tent size or select a tent which isn’t suitable for the environment or conditions, you will ruin the trip.

Your budget will always dictate what you can buy, but when it comes to a tent, this is no time to look for the cheapest option. This doesn’t mean you have to find the most expensive option, but you must find a tent which meets your needs, and which offers you value for money.

Choosing the wrong size or type of tent can ruin your camping adventure, so you want to take tent-buying tips seriously.

What size of tent should I buy?

When you look at tents, it will provide you with a guide as to how many people can reasonably fit inside the tent. This is a fair starting point in determining what size is right for you, but you must think about other factors.

If you or someone else using the tent is tall, you must ensure the tent is large enough to fit everyone inside comfortably. Nothing would ruin a camping trip faster than having to sleep with your feet outside of the tent.

Similarly, if you have a larger body size, or your travelling party is also like this, you might want to buy a larger tent to allow yourself more space.

If you are the sort of person who likes to have a lot of space, or you intend to store a lot of your equipment inside your tent, take this into consideration before you buy a tent.

Conversely, if you don’t take up much room, and you won’t have too much equipment in your tent, you can opt for a smaller sized tent.

What type of tent should I choose?

If you plan on camping in challenging weather conditions, or the cold negatively affects you even in mild conditions, it is best to opt for a warmer tent, made from thicker conditions.

On most tents, you will see a description based on the seasons. If you need a robust tent, you should make a four-season tent a priority. If you plan on mild camping, or you aren’t affected too much by the weather, a three-season tent should suffice.

Material considerations when buying a tent

If you are looking for a waterproof tent, you will find that canvas or cotton tents are a great option, but they will become heavy when wet.

Nylon or polyester tents are also waterproof, but are more susceptible to broken seams, which could see water leaking in. These materials are also more likely to weaken over time, especially if they are exposed to sunlight.

The flooring of your tent needs to be robust enough to stand up to repeated use from the people using it. A simple additional purchase, such as a footprint, which you place under the tent can make the tent more comfortable while extending the lifetime of your tent.

You should also make ventilation a priority when looking at tents. A well ventilated reduces the impact of condensation, ensuring you are more comfortable. If condensation occurs in your tent, moistness can create an uncomfortable setting and can even ruin your belongings.

The weight of your tent is a priority if you are carrying it personally for a long time. If your tent will be stored in a car or public transport for the majority of your journey, the weight of the tent is less important.

Setting up your campsite

If you are staying in a commercial campsite, you should find your pitch is prepared for you. However, if you are camping in the wild, you should look for a spot which meets the following criteria:

  • The ground is flat
  • The ground is clear of rocks and vegetation
  • There is protection from the wind
  • There is suitable drainage

Camping safety tips

Safety is paramount when camping, and there are steps you can take to minimise the risk you face.

Fire hazards are serious, and could place your life at risk. A campfire might be ideal for cooking your dinner and ensuring you stay warm, but if it is left unchecked or unattended, it could be a fatal addition to your campsite.

Please consider these fire safety tips:

  • Keep a supply of water close to the fire at all times
  • When putting the fire out, use water, and make sure the fire has been extinguished before you leave the area
  • Cover the fire with soil as this will prevent the embers from reigniting

Campsite safety tips

Please consider the following safety tips for your campsite:

  • Do not set up your tent underneath a tree
  • Be mindful of animals in the area
  • When fishing, stay in safe water or ensure you can reach safely easily and quickly
  • Plan where you will go if a problem arises
  • Carry a medical kit with you

What clothes do you need for your camping and fishing trip?

Feeling comfortable makes your camping trip more enjoyable, and this means you need the right sort of clothing. The temperature and climate you expect to endure on your trip will influence what you need to take.

If you expect to camp in cool weather, try to bring the following items:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Jumper or fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Warm hat
  • Wool socks

Of course, with a fishing trip, it is likely you will spend a lot of time by or in the water. This means you should bring additional items which will protect you and enhance your activities:


  • Long sleeves to protect your skin
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts and underwear
  • Quick drying shorts and pants
  • Sandals
  • Sleepwear
  • Sun hat
  • Swimsuits
  • Waders
  • Waterproof outer clothing

What fishing equipment do I need to bring?

Of course, if you are looking forward to a camping and fishing trip, the camping element is just one part of the trip. It might even be that the camping element is a means to an end, which allows you to maximise your time fishing.

Therefore, you need to be aware of what fishing equipment you need to bring with you.

Again, the resort or destination you are heading to will influence what you need to bring.

If you are staying at a commercial fishing resort or destination, you can probably buy or rent a lot of essential equipment when you are there. This will likely cost you more, but it will significantly reduce the amount of fishing equipment you need to bring with you.

If you are limited in what equipment you can travel with, you will find hiring what you need on site makes sense. Of course, you might be camping in a wild setting that doesn’t have any commercial outlets.

If you are, you are in for a brilliant trip, removed from the commercial trappings of the world, but you will need to bring everything you need with you.

As with everything else, the equipment you need depends on what you intend to do. The rods, reels and lines you take with you should be tailored to the type of fish you are looking to catch. You should also bring spare equipment.

Can you imagine the heartache you would suffer if you travelled a considerable distance to fish, and then your rod or reel broke on your first cast? Your backup equipment doesn’t need to be expensive, hopefully you not need to use it.

However, if you do need it, and you don’t have it, your trip could be ruined.

Also, before you set off, test all your fishing equipment and make sure it is in good working order.

Other equipment you should carry with you include:

  • Spools
  • Hooks
  • Sinkers
  • Swivels
  • Corks
  • Tackle

You should find all of these products can be contained in a reasonably-sized box, so hopefully it shouldn’t take up too much room.

Some additional items you might wish to consider include:

  • A good knife and multi-tool
  • A map of the local area (bought or printed off, in case you cannot get a cell phone signal)
  • Fishing licence
  • Fishing net
  • Waterproof bags

Cooking on your camping and fishing trip

If you are a successful angler, you might plan on eating the fish you catch. In that regard, you won’t need to bring much food with you, but you will need to bring cooking equipment with you.

If you are looking to cook over an open fire, you will find many things in the local area which assist with this. However, if you plan on cooking with a gas stove, there is equipment you need to bring with you:

  • Charcoal
  • Firewood (if allowed)
  • Foil
  • Frying pan
  • Fuel
  • Funnel for fuel
  • Grill rack
  • Matches and lighter
  • Pots and pot grabbers
  • Stove

You should also be respectful of the campsite or countryside, and this means you should bring items which help you clean up after yourself:

  • Collapsible water container
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Drying racks
  • Portable camp sink
  • Quick drying dish towels
  • Rubbish bags
  • Sponges and pot scrubbers

Other food and food preparation equipment you should consider bringing with you include:

  • Bottle opener
  • Bowls
  • Can opener
  • Coolers
  • Cups
  • Cutting board
  • Egg holders
  • Food storage containers
  • Hand-crank blender
  • Hot/cold vacuum bottle
  • Ice
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Plates
  • Spatula
  • Tablecloths and clips
  • Utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Whisk

When it comes to food, it depends on your taste. Simple produce that can be cooked with a minimum of fuss or effort makes sense. Energy or breakfast bars will help you to feel full and don’t need to be cooked. Hopefully you will catch a fish or two which ensures you eat well, but please pack some food in case things don’t go well. You need to keep your energy up to ensure you make the most of the following day.

Enjoy your camping and fishing trip

While this is a long guide to fishing and camping, following it will enhance the enjoyment you have on your trip. Fishing and camping can be brilliant activities, but it is vital you follow procedures and stay safe when enjoying these activities.

We’d love to hear about your plans for your fishing and camping trip, and whether there are any steps you always take before setting off. We also hope you enjoy any trips you have planned, and shy not get in touch with to let us know how it went, and whether you caught anything.


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