Staying Healthy On Fishing Trips

Spend your time in paradise with a bent rod, not sick in the lodge. Follow these tips and tricks from a globe-trotting angler and stay well on destination fishing trips.

For many anglers, the prospect of a destination fishing trip brings forth feelings of excitement, anticipation, and maybe a bit of anxiety. Heading into the unknown—to a place you’ve never traveled before—brings with it unique challenges. From visa applications and travel logistics to pre-travel immunizations and gear prep, there are many factors that go into executing a successful fishing trip. But perhaps most important is staying healthy enough that you can enjoy those bent rods once you get to the fishing locale of your dreams.

I’ve made a career out of traveling to odd corners of the globe to fish, photograph, and write. I spend a good chunk of each year outside the U.S., so remaining healthy while on the road is key so I can fish and work while on location and also be able to head into the next job full steam ahead. Over 15 years I’ve gathered tips and tricks that help keep me healthy and working while fishing around the world.

Of course, all the preparation possible can’t guarantee you won’t get sick or hurt on location. I’ve spent many trips over the years dealing with illnesses or injuries acquired while on the job, and thankfully only have a couple of good stories about weird times in foreign medical clinics. While most well-run fishing lodges will have medical aid on site or be prepared to get clients somewhere for treatment, I’m often working away from lodges on expedition-type jobs where we’re our own first responders. When possible it’s much, much easier to prevent problems before they happen, and that starts with taking care of yourself.

Preventative Maintenance

I’m a fan of doing what I can to stay healthy while traveling (and in general). It starts with a good fitness base to ensure I’m fit enough to hike, swim, camp, cast, and do everything else a destination might require. I also take vitamin packs for each day of travel to stay on my routine and contribute what I can against coming down with a cold or flu (zinc and vitamin C are in my regimen).

Have a Plan

Travel with a strategy to stay well. I’ve found proper hydration makes a noticeable difference, even in cold weather. Drinking a lot of water—even while sitting on the plane during on travel days—will help you feel much better and I’m a fan of using an electrolyte solution each day such as LMNT. Limiting alcohol (you don’t have to tee-total, but know your limits) can also give your immune system a boost and help fight against any seasickness or motion sickness while fishing or traveling. Wear long sleeves and/or long pants and plenty of sun protection if you’re in a sun-bright climate; a bad sunburn is a near-guarantee you’re going to feel pretty awful the next few days.

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