Getting all packed up for a trip, regardless of length, can be a burden. But when you are packing for a trip that will involve your favorite outdoors activity, it’s easy to overlook many important things that can make or break your trip. More than just ensuring you have packed essential gear, you’ll also need to prepare yourself (and your gear) for many of the bumps that come along while traveling.
Here are some tips that will help you, and your gear, get to where you ultimately want to be, and with as few headaches as possible.
MAKE A LIST A WEEK BEFORE YOU DEPART.
The easiest way to make sure that you are 100% prepared for your trip is to make a list of all the gear you will need to pack. We like to do this a week before our trip starts so that we can purchase or borrow any pieces of our gear that we can’t find or needs to be replaced. Doing this early on prevents you from spending precious pre-trip hours scrambling around to find your stuff.
REVIEW THE LAWS OF THE LAND.
If you’re traveling with equipment that will need extra security attention, check and re-check any laws that might hinder your travel. Are you planning on flying with a rifle for a hunting trip? The TSA has rules that make sure you and other passengers are safe, which can be found here.
If you’re driving instead, make sure you understand the laws of the states that you are passing through with your rifle.
CHECK ANY BAG THAT CONTAINS QUESTIONABLE EQUIPMENT.
Anglers, hunters and outdoors enthusiasts always carry lots of tools to help get the job done. Unfortunately, many of these important tools are not allowed to be carried on a flight. Save yourself the hassle of an up-close-and-personal security screening by putting all sharp and potentially dangerous equipment and tools in a checked bag.
PLAN TO BUY WHEN YOU GET THERE.
Many important pieces of equipment are also rather cheap to purchase. When we travel, we often save ourselves travel space by planning on purchasing things like sunblock, bug spray, and even snacks when we get closer to our destination.
INVEST IN PROTECTION.
A huge source of concern while traveling is the safety of our gear and equipment. Whether you’re traveling with your favorite fishing rod, or you’re taking your new camera rig out for its first big swim, invest in quality luggage that will protect your investment during every point of your trip. Remember, you get what you pay for, so don’t skimp. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find that your equipment has been damaged en route.
These simple steps can make sure your next trip is headache-free, and one to remember.