Your guide to packing for the lake this summer
Now that you’ve booked your summer lake trip—let us help with the packing before you hit the road. We’re sharing what to wear and bring so you can have the perfect freshwater getaway. A lake vacation is all about embracing the outdoors–from hiking and swimming to canoeing and campfires. And in order to make the most out of your trip you’ll need the right wardrobe. Think comfortable, laid-back looks that you can relax in as well as functional activewear and swimwear for outdoor adventures.
Of course, when it comes to packing, it’s not just all about fashion. A trip to the lake wouldn't be complete without a cozy blanket and board games, among other things. But don’t worry, we’ve included those lake essentials in our edit too. Keep scrolling to start shopping for everything you’ll need for your lake escape.
On the Water
Beat the heat with a dip in the lake. Whether you’re swimming, canoeing, or taking a ride on a pontoon boat, you’ll need water-ready gear. Opt for one-pieces and sporty swim styles that’ll make taking on all the water activities a breeze.
By the Campfire
There’s nothing like gathering around the campfire under the stars to end a day at the lake. Comfy flannel tops and easy tees are perfect for a night of roasting s’mores and telling stories with your friends and family.
In the Woods
Whether you plan to go for walks, runs, or hike the trails, make sure to pack athleisure and activewear that’ll move with you. Plus, don’t forget about footwear, in addition to sneakers, include a sturdy pair of hiking boots in your luggage for rough terrain.
On the Dock
While there are certainly a lot of activities to do at the lake, sometimes you just need some chill time. For sunny days relaxing on the dock with your friends or a good book, shop these chic lake-ready styles.
In the Cabin
Nights at the lake (and rainy days) call for cozy cabin time. Blankets, board games, and roasting sticks for marshmallows are just a few of the items you should consider packing in the car when you head to the lake. See below for more must-haves for your trip.
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