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The necessities of a weekend lake trip

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When you live in the Natural State, you can never go wrong with a relaxing day at the lake. Unless you forget crucial lake-day-supplies, that is. If you forget sunscreen, you’ll be red as a lobster come Monday. If you forget to bring enough water, you’ll be lucky if you don’t land in the hospital!

Lake Day Gear

Here’s a list of lake-day essentials to help you make your next trip easy and effortless.

Snacks + Provisions

For a lake outing, one of the most important things you can bring is plenty of food and drinks! Start with a cooler full of ice, bottles of water, and plenty of snacks to give you all-day energy. If you’re cooking out, don’t forget to bring hotdogs, buns, and charcoal. For preparedness bonus points, bring a koozie so your drinks stay cold even after you get them out of the cooler.

Sunscreen

To be out in the sun all day, you should bring a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen that is water resistant, and bring enough for everyone to reapply every 2 hours or so. For kids, you should bring some sunblock with even more protection, like SPF 50 or 80.

First Aid kit

The outdoors is great, but the outdoors is also full of sharp things and stinging insects. If someone gets cut on a sharp rock, you should disinfect and cover that cut ASAP. If you don’t have a first aid kit, you’ll be asking around to find someone who does, or looking for a park ranger. If you bring your own, it’s a quick fix and then back out on the water!

Towels

Towels are the real MVP of any lake trip. You can use them as a swimsuit cover up, a picnic blanket, or as an actual towel for when you need to dry off and go home.

Waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Yes, you should listen to and take in the sounds of the nature around you. But maybe you don’t want to do that all day, and would really be happier if you could blast some classic country or some modern pop. A waterproof bluetooth speaker can go anywhere on the lake with you, no wires and no worries.

Now, that is a long list of gear. Where are you going to put all of that stuff? A car is way too small to hold everything you’ll need comfortably. A truck isn’t great for a lake day because you’ll never fit all of your friends on that bench seat. When you think about the perfect lake day vehicle, you’re probably thinking of a sporty crossover, like the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is rated for 32 highway miles per gallon, and fuel economy like that means you can afford even more lake days. It’s perfect for trips because it has plenty of room for all of your friends and everything you need for a great day at the lake. If you’re not using your backseat, they fold down to make even more space for cargo, like maybe an extra cooler full of drinks you don’t want to share.


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