A Fishing Trip Checklist

Is there anything better than a fishing trip?  A fishing trip provides the ultimate escape, as few things are more relaxing, enjoyable and memorable than traveling to fish with your friends and/or relatives.  Countless fishermen choose to go to a new place every year, seeking a new adventure and challenge.  Others like to stick to tradition, departing to the same fishing spot year after year.  Whatever your ritual may be, there are few things to look forward to more than a fishing trip.

For novice fisherman, packing your first bag for a fishing trip can be exciting, but it can also cause some minor anxiety as you fret over what to bring and what to leave behind.  The worst-case scenario is arriving at your destination and either realizing you forgot something at home, or chose not to pack something that you ended up needing.  Below are 4 things that you should always pack for your fishing trip.

1)    Clothing for all weather possibilities.  This should include a jacket and extra layers for when it’s cold out, a reliable rain suit, waterproof shoes and something comfortable to wear when it’s warm out.

2)    Bug spray, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion.  All three of these things are borderline necessities, as you do not want bugs to drive you crazy or a sun burn/sun poisoning to prevent you from having the best possible time.

3)    Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and other bathroom toiletries.  A necessity for any type of vacation.

4)    Proper fishing equipment.  Either talk to the place you are staying at, or to a more experienced fisher to see what type of rods, reels and other equipment that you will need for the trip.

This is just a brief list of what one should pack for their trip.  Figuring out meals, sleeping arrangements and other mitigating factors will also affect what you decide to pack.  Luckily, some places take care of that for you.

And don’t forget your passport if you are leaving your country for a unique fishing trip!




What Exactly Do You Need To Enter Canada?

In summer of 2009, U.S. laws changed to stricken the requirements for entering our neighboring country, Canada. Ever since then, there has been confusion and speculation as to what you need to enter and exit Canada.


Age, transportation, and motive all affect which documents you will need. Customs officers are entitled to refuse entry to either country at any point. Having the incorrect documentation could throw a gigantic wrench in your vacation, so we have provided you with a checklist. Ensure members who are traveling with you have everything that he or she needs according to their demographic.

•    Traveling by air, for adults and children, passengers are required to have a U.S Passport and a Nexus Card.

•    For Adults arriving by land or by sea, a U.S passport is required.

•    In MI, NY, VT, and WA, an Enhanced Driver’s License is acceptable for entry to and from Canada.

•    For vacationers on cruises, which begin and end on the same port, passengers may provide a driver’s license and a birth certificate. However, some cruise liners are stringent in order to protect their assets, so check with them first.

•    For kids arriving by land or sea, under the age of fifteen may present only a birth certificate, as they have no photo ID.

For more information please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/tourist.asp.