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What to bring for a day on the lake

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:

  • Sun Protection:

    • Sunscreen with a high SPF (30+ is usually recommended!)

    • Sunglasses with UV protection

    • Hat or cap with a wide brim

  • Clothing:

    • 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.

  • Safety Gear:

    • 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

  • Miscellaneous:

    • Trash bags to clean up after yourself

    • Towels

    • 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!


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