Lake Day Must Haves

It's hot out there. Well, at least it is where I live — Florida. But we aren't alone. A lot of the country is experiencing some pretty major heat waves.

So heading to the lake has never sounded better.

But over the years I've learned what to take and what not to take to have a great day on the lake.

So let me share with you my list of "lake essentials":

  1. Swimsuit
  2. Dry change of clothes
  3. Diapers/swimming diapers
  4. Wet bag/plastic bag for wet bathing suits
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Hat
  7. Water shoes/sandals
  8. Towels
  9. Ziploc bag with ID, cash, credit card, cell phone and keys inside
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Emergency kit (like this one)
  12. Brush and hair ties
  13. Bug spray/bug wipes
  14. Hand sanitizer
  15. Wet-ones
  16. Toilet paper
  17. Food
  18. Snacks
  19. Portable blender
  20. Cooler with ice
  21. Water
  22. Additional drinks (soda, juice, beer, wine, etc.)
  23. Bottle opener/wine key
  24. Eating utensils (forks, spoons, knives)
  25. Serving utensils and tools (kitchen knife, cutting board, serving spoons, tongs, etc.)
  26. Clorox wipes
  27. Paper goods (paper towels, napkins, plates, bowls)
  28. Plastic cups, water bottles, Yeti's
  29. Trash bags
  30. Ziploc bags
  31. Life jackets (ours stay on our boat)
  32. Swim masks/goggles/snorkels
  33. Floats/noodles/inflatable tubes
  34. Beach toys (pails, shovels, nets)
  35. Water skis, wakeboard, pullable tube
  36. Fishing poles and fishing supplies
  37. Fishing license
  38. Boat registration
  39. Book/eBook/magazines
  40. Games (frisbee, beachball, football)
  41. Portable charger with USB cord
  42. Waterproof speaker

Now you may be thinking… Wow, that is a lot of essentials! You're right.

But like I said, I've built this list up over the years… so it's gotten a little long in the tooth. And it requires a few bags for storage, and maybe even a big trunk too.

But here's the thing: a lot of the things above are "nice to haves." You don't need 'em. They're just there to help you get the most out of your time on the lake.

So let me be honest with you. You should cut that list in half. There I said it. This is really all you need…

  1. Swimsuit
  2. Dry change of clothes
  3. Wet bag/plastic bag for wet bathing suits
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Hat
  6. Water shoes/sandals
  7. Towels
  8. Ziploc bag with ID, cash, credit card, cell phone and keys inside
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Emergency kit (like this one)
  11. Snacks
  12. Portable blender
  13. Cooler with ice
  14. Water
  15. Life jackets (ours stay on our boat)
  16. Swim masks/goggles/snorkels
  17. Portable charger with USB cord

Ok, that seems way better. Way easier to manage all this gear too! Which means less stress and more fun on the water.

Well, there you have it. If you're feeling up to it… you've got your "fun under the sun" list. And if you're looking for a more relaxing time… you've got your "take it easy" list. 

If you notice though, both lists have a portable blender. Sorry, but for me… the lake aint "the lake" without some "lake day margaritas." Just drink responsibly.

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Barb - July 26, 2022

You forgot beach chairs for us seniors who just sit on the beach.

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