This post shares the 12 things you can’t leave to the lake house without. Plus a quick shopping list and a free printable so you never forget anything again.
This summer is so different and most of us won’t be fulfilling our summer bucket lists anytime soon. Instead, we decided to plan a trip to the lake house. With the current climate, I thought I would share 12 things to bring to the lake house or cottage this summer.
I’ve shared our cottage retreat before on the blog, and you guys know I love spending as much time as I can there. But the thing I hate the most is packing and unpacking after a weekend away. I swear I forget half the stuff (like the almond milk and bbq sauce this weekend), and I really just wanted to simplify the process with a list.
12 Things to Bring to the Lake House
I wanted to start with all the things I always bring to the lake house on weekends.
- Patagonia waterproof bag – Trust me this is essential for cottage country or anywhere close to water. It’s a great way to protect your clothes and important things like an iPad or your electronics.
- Teva Sandals – definitely not your mom’s sandals anymore! These are perfect for any type of terrain you encounter at the lake house.
- Barefoot Dream Blanket – a bit of a splurge but its the softest blanket I own and I literally take it for cold nights, sleeping in the car or covering my daughter when she’s napping.
- Amazon Packing Cubes – Not only are they cute but they help you stay organized when you’re at the cottage. This one also includes a laundry bag.
- Yeti Water Bottle – I’m currently drinking out of mine while I’m writing this. Some cottages or lake houses don’t have the best tasting water so I usually bring my own in this and it keeps cool the whole time.
- Byredo Hand Sanitizer – The best smelling hand sanitizer ever! I actually need one just for the car, because at some point you’re going to need to get gas or groceries.
- 3 in 1 Portable Charger – I’ve bought so many over the years but this one is 1000% the best one I’ve tried. It’s a fast charge, comes with all the cords, and even has a wall plug included.
- Beach Towel – Bringing your own beach towel is a good idea.
- Pool Float – If your planning on spending any time near water then a pool float will be your best friend this summer.
- Yeti Cooler – A total splurge but I love that it doesn’t look as big and bulky as other coolers.
- Laundry Bag – I always take the laundry bag with me because more of the time I either don’t want to do laundry or there isn’t a place to do it.
- Long Sleeve Tee – A long sleeve t-shirt is perfect for summer nights or cool early mornings.
What else to bring to a lake house?
During this time I would recommend bringing a little more things than you usually would. Like a mask, hand sanitizer, cleaners for disinfecting things like handles, and counters. Plus I wouldn’t normally bring my own sheets but in this case, you might want to. Unless of course, it’s your family’s lake house or cottage and you can watch them before hand.
- linens like sheets, its also always good to check in with your rental to see what they use during this time.
- pillows and pillowcases
- blankets and throws to use on colder evenings
- towels for showering and towels for swimming.
- toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
- coffee or tea
- food storage bags
- trash bags
- dish soap and sponge
- toothpaste and whatever toiletries you need