There’s nothing quite like the allure of a late-summer lake trip. As the sizzle of summer starts to cool down, the opportunity to squeeze in one last sun-soaked adventure beckons. Whether it’s for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a chill weekend with friends, a lake trip can be the perfect escapade.
But what should you pack to ensure this trip becomes a memorable one? Let’s dive into our list of essentials.
1. Pool Floats
Imagine this. You’re drifting lazily on the placid surface of the lake, the sun gently warming your skin, and all you can hear is the lapping of the water against your float. There’s no rule written anywhere that says pool floats have to be reserved for the pool, and, in fact, they’re the perfect essential for a summer lake trip.
They come in all shapes and sizes — from quirky flamingos to giant, rideable dragons — and serve as your personal island when you need a break from swimming.
2. Life Jackets
We’re all about fun here, but safety should never take a backseat, especially on a lake trip. Life jackets are a must-have, irrespective of swimming abilities.
It’s better to float with a life jacket than to flounder without one, especially if you plan to go on any boat rides or participate in water sports.
3. First Aid Kits
Speaking of safety — no one plans for accidents, but they do happen. When they do, a well-stocked first aid kit can be a lifesaver. It’s one of those items you’ll hopefully never have to use, but you’ll be grateful for it when needed.
Bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, gauze, medical tape … Make sure these essentials find a spot in your lake trip luggage.
4. Plenty Of Sunscreen
We love the sun. It gives us that lovely summer glow, but too much of a good thing can harm your skin. That’s why sunscreen makes it onto this list. To avoid the dreaded sunburn, make sure you pack sunscreen with high SPF and apply it generously throughout the day. You’ll thank yourself when you return home with a healthy tan instead of a lobster-red burn.
5. Portable Grills
Who doesn’t love a barbecue by the lake? As the sun starts to set, fire up your portable grill and let the aroma of sizzling burgers fill the air as you load up on delicious food to make up for all the calories burned from fun in the sun.
The crackling sound, the mouth-watering smell — it’s all part of the lake trip experience. Don’t forget to pack some of your favorite grilling recipes along with the grill, and bring a cooler if you don’t have access to a refrigerator to be mindful of food safety.
6. Picnic Essentials
Now that we have our grill and cooler sorted, let’s talk about the other picnic essentials. It’s hard to beat a lakeside picnic with the gentle ripple of the water as your background music.
Packing your picnic basket with crowd-pleasing sandwiches, fresh fruit, and a selection of cheese can take your lakeside dining to another level. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, plates, and utensils!
7. Portable Chairs
While the lake beckons with promises of active fun, sometimes you’ll want to sit back, relax, and just enjoy the view, so portable chairs are a must. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, and provide the perfect perch to take in the sunset or keep an eye on the kids splashing in the water.
Speaking of relaxation, there’s something almost magical about a hammock gently swinging in the breeze between two sturdy trees.
A hammock takes lakeside leisure to a new level, providing a comfortable space to nap, read, or simply watch the clouds roll by. It’s like having your very own floating bed in the midst of nature.
9. Games And Water Sports Equipment
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or simply enjoy some friendly competition, games and water sports equipment are must-haves on your lake trip.
Frisbees, beach balls, paddleboards, and inflatable water volley sets add that extra bit of excitement and camaraderie. It’s not about who wins or loses, but the fun you have while playing!
10. Bug Spray
Nothing ruins an outdoor adventure faster than a swarm of pesky bugs. While we appreciate nature, we’d rather not share our picnic with mosquitoes.
Bug spray might not be the most exciting item on our list, but it’s definitely a crucial one. A little spray goes a long way to ensure your lakeside fun isn’t ruined by unwanted guests.
As the sun dips below the horizon and the star-studded night sky comes to life, a soft, warm blanket is your best friend. Whether you’re sitting by the campfire, stargazing, or just feeling the evening chill, a blanket is a comforting wrap. Plus, it’s a great addition to your Instagram-worthy picnic setup.
Water-Way To End The Summer
With this list in hand, you’re all set to embark on your late-summer lake trip! A successful trip isn’t defined by the destination alone but by the memories we make and the joy we share. Pack these essentials, gather your loved ones, and let the adventure begin!