Weekend at the Lake? 5 Things You Need on Your Packing List

 Summer always flies by, but if you do it right, the memories can last a lifetime. We believe summer weekends are best spent with friends and family at the lake. The lake is a place where you can unwind after a hectic workweek, relax by the water and stay up way too late chatting around the fire. Your calendar is quickly booking up with these quick getaways, so you need to have your go-to lake essentials ready to go at any time. Blogger Sarah Tucker lives just minutes from the water and is a total pro when it comes to these summer weekend trips. We got the scoop on the five things she always has packed in her weekend bag for the lake.

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Lighten Up Weekender in Splash Dot

“I can not get over how smart this bag is! I’m headed to Amelia Island in two weeks with my mom and I can’t wait to bring it with me! The Lighten Up Weekender has the perfect amount of compartments and even a spot to charge your phone.”


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Straw Beach Tote

Show off your style on the shore with the Straw Beach Tote. Spacious in size, this is no ordinary beach bag — it also has a hidden pocket in the bottom to keep your valuables out of sight! Not to mention, the pom-poms are totally Insta-worthy — and if you don’t post a beach bag gram, did you really go to the lake at all?

“This is the cutest beach bag! Pom-poms and gingham are two of my favorite things — and I love how roomy it is, too!”

Beach Towel

A cute beach towel (or three) is an absolute must for any summer getaway. Our Beach Towel is a customer favorite for its generous size, soft material and bright pattern choices.


Lotion Bag

Our Lotion Bag is essential for any trip! It’s great for holding sunscreen or wet swimsuits at the lake or can double up as a cosmetic bag for travel.

“I love that I can spot all of my essentials right away since it’s clear.”


Flip Flops

When you find flip flops that coordinate with your travel bag, you have to get them, right?! With a textured anti-slip sole (no more sliding around after you get out of the water!), you’ll love having these with you lakeside!



Beach Scarf

In our humble opinion, everyone needs a beach scarf. It’s lightweight and huge, making your wearing options endless. Wear it as a scarf in the morning, a sarong on the dock or a wrap at dinner!

“I love items that can do double duty — I can wrap it up sarong-style or use it as a blanket if my boys get chilly!”


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