Tips on Packing for a Camping Trip to a Lake

Tips on Packing for a Camping Trip to a LakeCamping trips are an adventure in themselves, but throw in a lake, and you've got an added bonus. Planning a camping trip to the lake is basically the same as you'd plan for any other camping excursion, except that you'll have to plan for water activities, too. This might mean bringing extra gear and recreational toys, but with a little planning the trip should take off without a hitch.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Packing for a Lake Camping Trip

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water toys
  • Boat
  • Fishing rod
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing suit
  • Towels
Step 1
Organize your gear with the lake in mind. Will you be swimming? If so you'll need to plan to bring bathing suits and extra towels. If you're bringing the kids along with you, you'll need to plan on them staying wet, and that will mean extra articles of clothing and towels need to be packed for the journey.
Step 2
Consider water toys you might like to bring to be enjoyed while on the lake. If swimming is allowed, you might want to bring rafts to float on or other toys that the kids can play with in the water to keep them entertained. If you keep your rafts and such in the package they came in and don't inflate them beforehand, they will take up less space when you are packing your camping items.
Step 3
Bring your boat if you have one. Many lakes are big enough for a boat. Consider all the safety gear needed for everyone while in the boat, and carry it with you. You'll need enough safety jackets for everyone aboard and the regular items needed for any boating journey. Be sure to check the campground's rules and regulations regarding boats before you bring yours. Some lakes will require electric motors instead of gas-powered ones to be operated on the lake.
Step 4
Pack sunscreen along with your other first-aid supplies. Being in the water makes you burn faster. Applying sunscreen before everyone heads to the lake will ensure everyone's skin will be protected and they'll be able to enjoy another day on the water and in the sun.
Step 5
Carry fishing rods with you if you like to fish and it's allowed on the particular lake you'll be visiting. Make sure to find out if you'll be required to have a local fishing license before dipping your fishing line into the water. The last thing you want is to get a ticket for fishing illegally.
Step 6
Bring enough bedding to keep everyone warm at night. It's cool sleeping in the woods, and camping by water will make the night even cooler. It's easier to take off coverings if you get hot, but it's harder to warm up if you don't have extra clothes and bedding to do so. Above all, have a good time while camping at the lake.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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