Here are ten items that fishermen should not go on a trip without. Whether or not the fisherman keeps these items in the car or takes them into or onto the water is a matter of preference. This is by no means an exhaustive list because literally everything can come in handy on a fishing trip, but this is a good start.
The first is duct tape. Duct Tape can be used for temporary repairs to a car to truck’s exhaust, patch waders, and a million other things that might come up.
Electrical tape is another item that you need when fishing. Electrical tape may be needed to repair the car or truck, and can be used for rod repairs.
No one should go out into woods without an ax, hatchet or saw and a shovel. Trees fall across roads, vehicles sink into the mud, and a number of emergencies come up that are unexpected.
Dry tinder should also always be kept in a car for emergency fire building. Keep small sticks or other small wood pieces in a plastic bag, box, or other container. If you get stuck out on a cold, wet night you will be glad that you have it.
A backup fishing rod, reel, and tackle are all a necessity in a car. If you lose all your gear in a river you aren’t going to want to stand there and cry. Get the backup gear, fish till dark, and then cry.
A camera is another must have in the car or truck. Even at that little farm pond you never know what you might catch. Since fishermen tend to lie, no one will believe you unless you have proof. You might even sight Big Foot on the drive!
A mechanism to purify water should also be carried at all times. If you get stuck out in the middle of nowhere it can be assumed that you can catch fish to eat, but you will need clean water. With water and fresh fish you may not want to be rescued.
Every fisherman carries a lighter right? You need one or better yet two or more. From smoking cheap cigars when the fish aren’t biting to starting a signal or cooking fire you have to have a lighter.
Beef jerky is another item that a fisherman that can not leave home without. It is food in case of an emergency, doesn’t need refrigeration, and can help you pass the time.
The last, but not least, thing that every fisherman should have is toilet paper. Lots of toilet paper. Toilet paper has an obvious use but can also be used to clean cuts, clean fishing reels, start fires, and a million other things!
My advice to all my fellow fisherman is to just sell your house, put everything into an RV, and go fishing!