For a long time, you might have been used to finding your fishing gear in the same place in your storage room, and for a long time, you might have been using it in your daily fishing routine at the same fishing spot. Suddenly, a camping activity with your family or friends arose. You now have a chance to do your fishing routine at a unique site and have a whole new experience. The problem is that you do not have enough reason to bring it with you, at the same time, you have no idea how to pack your fishing gear without it getting damaged when mixed with other things you have in mind. Not to worry; this article is made especially for you. But first, let us have a quick introduction to camping, its history, and the a few suggested spots to camp.
History of Camping
Camping is a fun way to spend time with family, friends, and even alone with yourself. It is a fun way of getting away from the noise in the city and probably one of the most excellent ways of renewing oneself and getting close to nature. There are several activities people can do while camping, including fishing, hiking or trekking, rafting, and kayaking.
To enjoy camping, you should also know the necessities you should bring, such as emergency kits, warmers or blankets, jackets, water, and most especially, food.
In the past, camping was considered an activity pursued only by the elite. It wasn’t until the 19th century, when auto camping became very popular, that camping was advertised as more of a low-cost vacation. Thomas Hiram Holding, a British tailor, was regarded as the father of modern recreational camping. He was the author of the first known camper’s handbook, written in 1908, which specified camping fundamentals. Holding was said to be a lover of outdoor activities. His family traveled across the ocean to the United States, hoping to settle in Salt Lake City. Arriving in the United States, the family camped near the Mississippi River for a month. As an adult, Holding never lost his love for outdoor activities and was also interested in other outdoor activities, such as camping, cycling, and sailing. In 1897, he, his son, and some friends went on a trip to Ireland to test out the tent invention he could carry on his bike. As the years passed by, Holding was able to invite fellow outdoor enthusiasts and founded the Association of Cycle Campers in 1901, which evolved and gained a more significant number of members. The association changed its name to the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Where to Camp
The best way to gather a lot of fun camping memories is to plan the best place for a campsite. Here are a few reminders for your next camping spot:
1. Look for a flat, level, and higher ground. A flat ground makes cooking and moving easier. Avoid settings that have lumps or spikey objects, such as stones and sticks, so that they will not cause your tent to be torn and damaged. It is also preferable to stay on higher ground, a few meters above the water level, to avoid mosquitoes, and you certainly would not like waking up in the middle of a river out of nowhere.
2. Look for a site where firewood and water are within reach. You do not want to stay in a place where you can’t have a campfire. Make sure the area where you would like to camp can offer a lot of firewood, branches, and twigs to start a fire. A campfire is necessary because it can provide warmth and light, especially if the spot you have chosen is dark and cold. A campfire could also help heat the food you eat and protect you from insects, bugs, and other predators.
3. Look out for signs of animal trails. Safety is the primary thing that should be observed when camping. It would not be fun to go home from camping with an unpleasant experience just because you disturbed the prime habitat of animals.
4. Aside from protecting dangerous animals, stay away from danger zones. Be cautious and think twice about the spot that you have chosen. Make sure that there are no signs of landslides and avalanches that may harm your life.
5. Seek a campsite under a few trees. In the morning, the sun’s heat might strike your tent, and it will soon be an uncomfortable place to hide. Look for a spot with a few sturdy trees that can give you warmth and shade.
Why take your fishing gear with you
1. For bonding
If your family is not fond of trekking or hiking, fishing is a fun way to spend your time camping. If you are an expert in fishing, it is an excellent way of teaching other family members, or if you are interested in fishing, now is the perfect time for you to learn.
2. For food
While packed foods and ready-to-eat canned goods are the best go-to foods for camping, one splendid memory to share with your loved ones is catching a fish and serving it as food. Aside from the rewarding feeling of catching them, it is also great to know that your food is fresh and clean.
3. For recreation
You might just want to do fishing for recreation and keep your mind busy from the things that have been stressing you lately. Fishing is a great way for an escape and could be a satisfying activity to do.
Reminders for camping
It seems that it is no longer new that when someone speaks of camping, fishing will immediately come to mind. The idea of doing both is overwhelming and so a lot of people tend to forget things that are needed while camping. Here are a few reminders of what you need to take in order to make your vacation fun and enjoyable.
1. Bring the most appropriate camping tent suitable for the space you need. Decide whether you are going to use one big tent for everyone, or single tents for each one. Knowing the exact number of users will help you determine whether there is a need to bring extra tents. If one tent is enough, there is no need to bring unnecessary extra tents that might only consume space. Also, it would be best if the kind of camping tent you have is flexible 3-season or 4-season camping tents which could be used in any season to avoid buying a different type of tent each time.
2. Take a camp stove with you. Although it was mentioned above that firewood should be available for a camping site, open fires are mostly uncontrolled and does not cook the food evenly. Securing a camp stove with you will ease the job and will give you the perfectly cooked caught fish from your fishing or the perfect barbecue for the meat that you bring.
3. Look for a sturdy container to hold different items. It would be best to bring a cooler for food to make sure that they will not be spoilt and can be used for a few days during your stay on a campsite. Ensure that your fishing materials are not mixed with other necessities, such as food items.
4. Flashlights and extra battery for it should be always available in case you need it during the night.
5. A multi-tool pocket knife would be useful for many purposes. It can be used as a cutter, bottle and can opener, wood carving, screwdriver, and other emergency purposes.
6. Cellphone is a must since it will serve as a medium of communication and a tool to let people know of your location and whereabouts.
7. First aid kits is also one of the most important thing that should never be forgotten on a camping trip. Although you are not wishing for any kind of injuries during your camping, it would still be a proactive thing to bring one.
Tips for taking your fishing gear with you camping
If you have finally decided to take your fishing gear with you, here are some tips you can follow to make sure that it is intact and damage-free, and make your fishing experience unforgettable:
1. Take the fishing rod and reel appropriate for the place you want to camp. Make sure it is suitable for the type of fish that might be available in that area. Taking up the wrong rod and reel may not give you the best fishing experience during your camping trip.
2. Bring a separate cargo box for your fishing gear equipment. Avoid mixing them with materials to be used in camping such as tents, hammocks, sleeping bags, and other materials that might damage your fishing gear.
3. Bring child-friendly fishing rod. There are different types of spin cast reel made especially for children, designed in lively colors. This is a great time for children to be interested in fishing and to have a good time while camping.
4. Categorize your fishing gear equipment using tubes and holders. This will allow you to find things easily and quickly.
5. Secure fishing hooks. Unsecured fishing hooks might cause serious injuries. You do not want to go home early because you are bleeding just because you got injured by your fishing hooks. If you can, you might want to put sections on your things and label them so that it will be easier for you to find them.
6. Consider purchasing a rooftop rod carrier. There are plenty of rooftop rod carrier that you can choose from different brands which could fit every kind of rod and will work on any vehicle. The benefit of choosing a rooftop rod carrier is it gives more space in your trunk for other important things you need to bring in your camping. The good thing of choosing a rooftop rod carrier is it allows your fishing rods to be rigged and ready to use once you arrive in the camping site.
Camping is a recreational activity that should be enjoyed by those who participate in it. To enjoy it the most, one must plan ahead of time for the location, the things to bring, and the activities to do.