With Labor Day weekend coming up, we wanted to take some time to get a few reminders posted when it comes to what you should remember to bring to the lake! Spending a day on the lake can be a fun and relaxing experience. From wakesurfing to lounging on a recliner seat, it is good to come prepared. To help ensure you have an enjoyable time, here's a list of items you might need:
Sunscreen with a high SPF (30+ is usually recommended!)
Sunglasses with UV protection
Hat or cap with a wide brim
Swimsuit or swim trunks- it is best to arrive in your swimsuit unless you know there will be a place to change.
Comfortable shorts and a light, breathable shirt
Extra change of dry clothes for after you get off the lake
Shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Remember to take them off when you get on the boat.
Life jackets for all participants, especially if you plan to swim or engage in water activities. Every person under 13 is required by law to have a vest on.
Food and Drinks:
Plenty of water to stay hydrated
Snacks (fruits, nuts, granola bars). Think non-messy things. Cheetos are a big no because they will leave stains on the boat.
Cooler with ice packs for perishable items
Recreation and Entertainment:
Fishing gear and tackle (if you plan to fish)
Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, or other water sports equipment
Floatation devices (inflatable rafts, tubes, etc.)
Bluetooth speaker for music (be mindful of volume levels to respect others)
Technology and Accessories:
Fully charged cell phone and a waterproof case or bag
Power bank to keep your devices charged
Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
First Aid Kit:
Basic first aid supplies (bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers)
Any necessary personal medications
Trash bags to clean up after yourself
Blanket or beach towel to sit on
Cash for any fees or unexpected expenses
Remember that the specific items you need might vary depending on the type of activities you plan to engage in and the location of the lake. Always prioritize safety, comfort, and respect for the environment and fellow lake-goers. This is a big list, you may not need everything or you may need more. Do what is right for you! Happy boating!