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The Brief and Only Lake Home Essentials Checklist You’ll Ever Need 

The Brief and Only Lake Home Essentials Checklist You’ll Ever Need

Your lake home is your home away from home. It’s where you go to unwind, connect with nature, and recharge. 

But nothing ruins the experience more than showing up to your lake home and realizing you forgot to pack something important. 

Don’t get annoyed, don’t get frustrated, and don’t run to the nearest town to grab something – only to realize you forgot something else and have to make a second trip. 

Save yourself the headache and keep reading – we have your list of lake home essentials covered.


Bring groceries so you can make your own meals. It’s more affordable than eating out, and you can make some great memories while having your own cookout. 

You can also pack some pre-made food. Sandwiches are always a quick and easy idea. They’re the perfect finger food to enjoy in between activities.

Tools and Cleaning Supplies

I know what you’re thinking – who wants to bring tools and cleaning supplies to their lake house? 

But it’s always a good idea to have tools and cleaning supplies handy. Regularly cleaning and maintenance will keep your house in tip-top shape. Your lake home may be only an occasional home for you, or you may spend weeks there every year. 

Either way, at some point it’s going to need maintenance. And if you decide to sell your lake house, you may need to make some repairs and updates. You can look here for more info on preparing your lake home for sale.

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a must-have for any situation. Ideally, you will never have to use it. 

But first aid kits aren’t for major traumas. Minor cuts, scratches, and bruises can all be treated with a first aid kit. If your lake home is far from the city, the last thing you want to do is run to town and try to find a first aid kit.

Some Lake Home Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget

Aside from the essentials, there are a few additional items you should add to your lake packing list. Adding these items will make sure your next family vacation is the best family vacation ever.

Bug Spray

Lakes and nearby forests are home to some nasty bugs. Bug bites can be an annoying, painful experience that ruins any trip. Pack some bug spray that can repel insects.

Waterproof Phone Case

If you have your phone anywhere near water, it’s inevitable that it will eventually get wet. A waterproof phone case will keep your phone safe while still allowing you to capture photos. It’s a great way to save memories and keep your phone safe.

Packing Cubes

If you haven’t used packing cubes yet, you’re packing wrong. Packing cubes allow you to compartmentalize and organize your clothes and belongings better, instead of shoving everything in one large duffle bag or luggage piece and digging through everything later.

Be Sure to Pack These Lake Home Essentials

If you pack these lake home essentials you can guarantee your next trip is a safe, fun time for everyone. You don’t have to spend a fortune either – these items are all affordable and easy to find.

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