Any trip you take should be well thought out. You should think
about where you are going and what you are doing in order to
know what you should pack to bring with you. After all, being
prepared is always a good thing.
This is especially true for hunting and fishing trips where you
may be staying outdoors. Staying outdoors can be a lot of fun,
but only if you are prepared for Mother Nature. If you aren’t
ready for what she is going to throw your way, your trip may
turn out to be the miserable experience that movies are made of.
The first step to smart packing is research. If you have never
been to where you are going, read up about it. Find out what
kind of conditions you will be faced with, and what kind of
animals you may run into. You can’t be ready for anything that
you don’t see coming.
One way that you may find out about the area that you are going
is by requesting brochures, or checking on state and city
websites. Make sure that you aren’t going somewhere that you
aren’t ready for. If you have never been on an outdoor
adventure, you shouldn’t begin with a place that is too rough.
You may never enjoy it that way.
The next step in smart packing is to find out what the weather
is going to be like in that area. Don’t take it for granted that
the weather will be the same as where you are. You can find
whether predictions online, by phone, and through TV. Don’t
neglect this important aspect of packing.
Once you have significant information on what you will be up
against, then you begin packing. You start, of course, with your
fishing or hunting gear. That’s a given. Then you should
consider where you will sleep. Decide if you will take a tent
and sleeping bag, or if you have other accommodations. This
decision may depend partly on the weather and safety of sleeping
You should also think about your everyday wear. If it is cold,
make sure that you have plenty to keep you warm and shield you
from possible rain or snow. Braving the elements is a part of
the nature adventure, but you should be sensible about it at the
One of the most important and all too often forgotten things to
pack is a first aid kit. You don’t have to bring high tech
equipment, but you should bring the basics. Make sure that you
will be ready should an accident happen.
You should also remember that you have to eat while you are out.
Make sure that you have all the tools you need to get fed while
you are out. Many people like to eat what they catch when they
are out. However, you should have a back up plan in case the
fishing or hunting is bad. You don’t want to go hungry the whole