20 Essentials For A Lake Day

Summertime means countless days spent on the lake. In Southeast Tennessee, we have an abundance of bodies of water to enjoy during the warmer months. Whether you prefer to be on the river or on the lake, check out this packing list for a fun weekend on the water!


Packing List 

  1. Swimsuit(s)
  2. Towel(s)
  3. Change of clothes
  4. Sun-tan lotion
  5. Bottled water
  6. Cooler with adequate ice
  7. Other snacks (crackers, chips, sandwiches, etc.)
  8. Life jackets
  9. Swim goggles and mask
  10. Skis, wakeboard, tube, etc.
  11. Sunglasses/hats
  12. Boat shoes
  13. Paper towels
  14. Sanitary wipes
  15. Phones/Camera and appropriate chargers
  16. Personal identification
  17. Fishing supplies and license
  18. Swiss Army knife
  19. Bug repellant
  20. A great soundtrack (We can help with this!)


Safety Tips 


Check The Forecast 


Also, before you head out for a day on the lake, be sure to check the weather forecast! Conditions can change rapidly during the summer, and pop-up thunderstorms are very common. Even if you only hear thunder, it’s never a good idea to go out on the water if a thunderstorm is in the area. Lightening can travel quickly over open areas and around water. The good thing about pop-up summer thunderstorms is that they typically pass quickly. So, hang in there! Sometimes it’s better to wait an hour or so until the danger passes to ensure everyone is safe and happy. Then, the fun can continue!


Maintenance Your Boat 


Another great tip when embarking on a weekend on the water is to carefully evaluate your boat. Give your engine/motor a once-over and make sure you have extra fuel on reserve in case of emergency. Also, be sure that your boat has proper identification and registration visible for local authorities. Finally, ensure that your boat is safely secured to your trailer and that all brake lights and signals are working properly before heading out of your driveway.


Have Fun! 


We hope that these few safety tips and packing list were helpful to you in planning your weekend on the lake. Safety is the most important thing, but make sure to have some fun too! If you have some packing list essentials that you love, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Cheers to summertime!

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