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What To Pack For Your Next International Fly Fishing Trip

Sunday, January 29, 2023
When traveling to foreign countries to fish, there are a few things that you should pack besides your clothes. Most destinations you may find yourself at, may not have the essentials that we can find at most convenience stores in the US. Here are a few tips that I have been happy to have along. 

Top 20 Things To Pack For Your Next International Fly Fishing Trip

  • Fishing license and necessary permits for the country you are visiting.
  • Travel documents, such as passport and visa.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Fishing gear, including rod, reel, lures, and bait. Many destinations will not have gear for you, so it’s a good idea to bring a back up rod/reel. 
  • Sun protection, such as sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent.
  • First aid kit. Including; Bandages, Neosporin, waterproof tape, aspirin/pain reliever, Imodium, Pepto Bismol, super glue for bad cuts, lidocaine, and antacids. 
  • Cash and credit cards.
  • Communication devices, such as a phone or satellite device.
  • Emergency contact information, including the contact information for the nearest embassy or consulate.
  • Camera or video equipment.
  • Water bottles and hydration supplies.
  • Snacks and non-perishable food items.
  • Rain gear and waterproof clothing.
  • Waterproof bags or dry bags for storage. Waterproof case for phone if using in a boat.
  • Maps and navigational tools.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.
  • Personal hygiene items, such as wet wipes and hand sanitizer.
  • Medications, including any prescription drugs you may need.
  • Travel adapter or converter for charging electronics in foreign countries.
Bonus Tips:
  • In your carry on, it’s a good idea to have at least one change of clothes. Even if flights go smoothly, coming from one climate to another, it’s nice to have the option to put on lighter or heavier clothing. I also carry a small ziplock with deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush for those long flights. 
  • Noise canceling headphones are helpful if you want to drum out those crying infants or annoying people. 
  • Many domestic flights in foreign countries don’t allow you to fly with your rods. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to bring a spare duffel bag if you need to store your rods in your luggage and space is tight. 
  • It is always a good idea to bring your rods and reels with you along with your carry on. I would also recommend packing any medications you need in your carry on as well. 

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