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How to Pack for a Day Trip to the Lake

Alisha Starr
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Most people find themselves in a better mood when they head to the beach (especially New Yorkers since our beach-weather season is so short)! But that great mood can quickly get ruined if you realize you forgot something important. Chances are you drove a bit to get to the lake, so turning around might not be an option.

It's crucial to have a list of lake essentials on hand when you pack so your day in the sun is as enjoyable as possible. So keep reading to learn what items you should consider bringing on your next beach trip.

Basic Items

Everyone enjoys something different when they're at the beach, but there are essentials everyone should pack to get the most out of the day. Here are some items to make your top priority:

  • Cold water
  • Snacks or meals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or a hat
  • Beach chairs or blankets
  • Swimsuits
  • Sandals

Packing a cooler with water and other drinks to keep everyone safe and hydrated is essential. You also want to pack some snacks or even a meal if you plan to hang out on the beach all day.

To ensure everyone is comfortable, sunglasses or hats protect your eyes from the sun, while sunscreen helps ensure you don't have a burn to tend to the next day.

Beach chairs or a large blanket are essential if you want a place to sit without getting covered in sand.

Finally, a swimsuit and sandals help you enjoy the water to the fullest extent.

Extra Items

If you're someone who likes to cover all your bases, packing these extra items will give you peace of mind and ensure you're prepared for anything that comes up throughout the day.

  • Beach games or toys
  • A change of clothes
  • Umbrellas
  • A first-aid kit
  • Baby powder

If children will be accompanying you on the trip, packing them sand toys or games to keep them occupied helps keep them from getting bored, especially if they won't go in the water for long. Remember to pack games for the adults on the trip too! Something as simple as can jam, a football to toss, or a volleyball can lead to hours of fun.

Bringing a change of clothes for everyone is important in case something happens and the original clothes get dirty or wet, or the weather changes.

Beach umbrellas add shade and work great if it rains for a bit. Beach weather can be unpredictable, so having a covering can make it possible to stay even if a quick shower rolls through the area.

Bringing a basic first aid kit is wise, especially if you're going to a beach without lifeguards on duty. You'll want easy access to bandaids and other small first-aid items in case something happens.

Finally, baby powder is a great item to include in your bag because it helps remove sand from your feet easily. Using it to get sand off before you get back in the car to head home helps keep your vehicle from becoming sandy.

Packing These Essentials Leads to Unlimited Fun

A beach trip can be fun for the whole family if you bring everything you need to get you through the day. Use this quick list as a reference point when packing your bags and loading up the car so you can be sure you don't forget something you need.

After reading this mini-guide, you're ready to head to the nearest beach. The lake is calling!

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