After a hard week, you decide that this weekend must be spent out on the lake. You call up your friends, tell them where to meet you, and now you just have to pack your bags and load the car. Before you lock up your house and drive off for fun on the water, make sure you’ve packed these five essential items for your day on the lake.
First Aid Items
A medical emergency can occur at any moment for any reason. It is better to be prepared for any such eventuality. A well-stocked first aid kit should contain bandages, antibiotic ointment, sterile pads, and many other items. As an extra precaution, you should also wear any medic alert bracelets or necklaces relevant to your medical status.
Sometimes a day on the lake is less about being active and more about relaxing in the sunshine. When your relaxation begins, make sure to have your favorite leisurely items with you such as music, headphones, handheld video games, a water floatie, or an e-reader. Also, remember to pack spare batteries or a portable charger for your electronic items in case they run low on power.
A Change of Clothes
Whenever water becomes involved in any activity, a spare set of dry clothes should always be at the top of your list of things to bring. You don’t know if you’ll end up experiencing a string of unfortunate events that ends with you being soaking wet unexpectedly. You’ll be thankful for that extra set of dry clothes once you get out of the water. Be sure to keep your spare set of dry clothes in a plastic bag or container to ensure they don’t get soaked as well.
Your exciting day on the lake could turn into a tumble through the mud or a hike through the forest. No matter what kind of mischievous adventures are awaiting you, be prepared to freshen up afterward by packing a plastic bag full of toiletries. Shampoo, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, bug repellent, sanitary wipes, and sunscreen should be added to your lake day backpack and stored in a waterproof sealable bag.
Refreshments & Snacks
A day on the lake isn’t complete without a healthy stash of snacks and refreshments. For your cold drinks and refrigerated foods, be sure to pack a cooler full of ice to ensure proper temperature control of food and drinks. Also, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Healthy snacks such as nuts, jerky, whole grain bread, and health bars are full of nutrients that will give you the boost of energy you need to enjoy your day on the lake.
Be sure to write down a list of all the items you’ll need and use that to pack your bags. This prevents you from accidentally forgetting an essential item. Also, make a list of things to check in your house before you leave for the day.