What to Prepare for a Successful Fishing Trip With Kids

Kids nowadays, with their endless technological options for fun and entertainment, sadly, don’t find the outdoors too attractive as compared to video games like Fortnite . If you’re struggling to pry them off of their phones and computer screens then a family fishing trip would be a fantastic way to cultivate their passion for outdoor adventure. It’s a beautiful way to spend some quality time with your kids and most kids would love the experience of pulling their very own fish out of the water (if they catch any).

Why “if they catch any”?

I say this because kids would like to be able to catch something to call it a success. But as adults, we all know that fishing isn’t about catching a fish, it’s all about the trip; the practical lessons we learn from it like patience and persistence, the feeling of belongingness to this world that only nature can provide and best of all, the time for us to relax – to detach ourselves from the stress of daily living and technology.

Dad and son fishing

We’d like our children to have fun and enjoy their fishing trips and the first step to doing this is to encourage them. So here are the things to prepare for to make you and your children call their trip a success:

  1. Food and Drinks: How much you will carry depends on how long the trip will be and how much you can carry but remember this, your kids’ and your appetite will be enhanced by the sea air and water activity so be sure to take as much as you can. Be sure to bring in nuts and seeds too as they’re a great way to pass the time while waiting for something to reel in and/or while exchanging stories. Here’s a few examples:
  • Homemade Beef/Deer Jerky
  • Almonds/Sunflower Seeds/Peanuts
  • Granola Bars
  • Lots of Water
  1. Quality Clothing: Probably the most important decision to make for fishing trips. You don’t want your kids to shivering when it’s too cold or scalding when it’s hot. Here’s what to bring depending on the weather:

Cold Climate

  • Rain Gear: It’s easy to get soaked especially during a heavy downpour so  be sure to buy quality rain gear like the Wallrest Poncho to keep yourselves dry
  • Heavy Jacket: heavy jackets are life-savers especially after a cold snap and comes handy during a long morning boat ride
  • Socks, Hats and Gloves: It’s recommended you get insulated hats and gloves and possibly wool socks for additional warmth as it’s important to keep your feet, hands and your head warm not to freeze out there.

Warm Climate

  • Hat and Sunglasses: It reduces the glare of the sun against the water which allows you to spot fish easier as well as protect your face, neck and ears from the harsh sun
  • Sunscreens: Basically, these protect you from harmful UV rays and a sun burn which will be a problem when you’re nowhere near a hospital
  • Rain Jackets: These allow you to continue with your trip in any case of a downpour rather than turning back and spoiling the whole trip. Buying a Wallrest or a pair of Frogg Toggs will do the trick.

  1. First Aid Kit: It’s always recommended you carry an emergency kit to treat minor wounds such as cuts, scratches, insect bites, and headaches. Don’t forget your medications if you’re taking any.

 

  1. Equipment: It’s a fishing trip and it can only be successful if you have your rods, reels, lines and lures with you. These are the basic pieces of equipment every fisherman should have. One tip though is to provide your kids with easy-to-use equipment – there are a variety of simple poles available which are designed specifically for kids at a young age.

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