A Fishing Survival Guide for the Non-outdoorsy Person

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Some people feel best when they’re out in the great outdoors, while others are perfectly staying indoors. If you belong to the latter group, you might be wondering: how can I enjoy an outdoor trip if I’m not an outdoorsy person?

One of the most common outdoor activities in the country is fishing. Even if you’re not an outdoorsy person yourself, some of your loved ones likely are, and surely you wouldn’t want to miss out on spending time with the people you care about. So, if you’re invited to a fishing trip (because, let’s face it, you wouldn’t plan it for yourself), how can you make the most out of the experience as a non-outdoorsy person?

  1. Go on a guided trip

There are guided fishing trips perfect for people who are inexperienced with the pole, more so for the non-outdoorsy types. If you’re traveling with a group, suggest that you go on a guided trip, like a halibut fishing trip with experienced guides to help you along the way. You might be able to catch a fish on your first try when you have someone to help you out, which will probably make your trip a lot more fun than you expected.

  1. Overpack

Packing light is a skill that most experienced outdoor enthusiasts have. They are more willing to sacrifice comfort for the ability to travel with a lighter load, which allows them to move faster and do tasks a little easier. However, this is not the case for many non-outdoorsy people.

When you’re going on a fishing trip, it’s understandable to be worried about feeling uncomfortable. You’re inevitably going to get tired, wet, and dirty throughout the day. And if you’re recoiling from the idea of fishing just from knowing the discomfort, you will experience, overpacking might help make the trip more manageable.

For instance, pack more clothes than needed to ensure that you can change if you accidentally get dirty or wet. Bring plenty of layers so that you don’t get too cold, especially during the night. If you’re also camping, bring equipment that can make the experience easier, such as a portable shower, a weatherproof sleeping bag, a portable coffee maker, a pocket blanket, and more.

  1. Bring your tech

Many people use outdoor activities as opportunities to “unplug” from technology and enjoy the nature around them. You might even want to do the same, but if having your tech by your side makes you comfortable, it’s okay to bring them along on your fishing trip. Just make sure to pack them in a waterproof bag and avoid using them while occupied with another task.

  1. Know your limits

Everybody has different comfort levels with nature, as well as physical limitations. When you’re not much of an outdoors person, you must understand the fitness level it will take to do different outdoor activities and avoid doing things that can cause overfatigue and possible injury.

For example, when you’re planning to go fishing, stick with beginner trips and techniques. You’ll also want to consider the amount of effort it will take to reach your fishing destination (unless you don’t have to hike to get there). The same principles go for other outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, camping, and more.

  1. Go on a day trip

You don’t have to spend the whole day on a fishing trip or camp overnight to enjoy the experience. Instead, go on a day trip (usually 4 to 6 hours) in the morning, noon, or afternoon. You’ll get to experience fishing firsthand and enjoy nature, but you won’t have to risk becoming uncomfortable when you’re in the outdoors for too long.

  1. Do your research

It’s important to know what to expect when you’re going on an outdoor activity. This makes it easier to avoid unpleasant surprises that can dampen your whole trip. For example, if you’re going fishing, find out what to expect especially if you are a beginner. Is there a possibility of rough waves? Will you need to tug on your line with all your might? Will you probably get seasick during the trip? If you know someone experienced with the outdoor activity you’re planning, ask them about what you need to expect before your trip.


Fishing can be fun and a great way to unplug. But for non-outdoorsy people, it can also be extremely uncomfortable and tiresome. With these tips, however, you can make the most out of your fishing trip–or any other outdoor activity, for that matter–even if you are not a fan of the outdoors.

Do you have outdoor experiences to share? Feel free to leave your stories in the comments below.

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