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Week-long summer vacations take months of planning, but summer is also a great time to hop in the car on Friday after work and take a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip to your favorite fishing hole. If you’re itching for a weekend escape from reality, grab your rod and camping gear and leave work and the responsibilities of home in the dust with these great tips!

What to pack

When you’re racing to hit the road before rush hour, the trick is packing light. For a grab-and-go weekend, don’t overpack. Grab on the necessities. You’ll need:

  • A tent and sleeping bag (or just a sleeping bag if you’re a hardcore)
  • Clothes (quick drying Maven Fly, would be perfect)
  • Water-safe shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Food
  • Fishing gear
  • Toiletries

Don’t bring too many changes of clothes or excessive gear. Take only what you need so you can get to your destination in time to cast before the sun goes down.

Camping hacks

  • Have your rod, gear, flies and net easily accessible in your garage so it can be packed in a hurry.
  • Use a shoe organizer at your campsite to display your food items, toiletries, etc. for easy access.
  • Add sage to your campfire to keep bugs away.
  • If you’re taking your kids with you but they don’t like camping, create a nature scavenger hunt to keep them busy.

Great domestic locations

There are great state and national parks, lakes and rivers in every state in America, but here are a few of our favorites!

  • Looking for large bonefish? Try the saltwater fishing of the Sunshine State. Head to the Everglades for tarpon, redfish, snook or largemouth bass, or enjoy inland Florida fishing for a variety of large bass.
  • Head to Michigan for the salmon and steelhead available in the Great Lakes!
  • Colorado alone provides enough opportunity for 10 weekend trips. Head to any of the Colorado rivers for amazing catches.

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