If you’re like us, you can’t wait for the summer to arrive. Long days, endless sun, pool parties, family vacations, fishing, camping, snow cones, bonfires, all of it.
One of our favorite ways to kick back and enjoy the warm weather is a good ol’ fashioned trip to the lake. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or someone venturing out for the first time, you’ll want to check out our Lake Day Checklist to ensure you have everything to start summer off on the right foot.
Enjoying a bit of sun and water fun can take a lot of energy, so having food beyond a handful of snacks is important. Slipping away for a day at the lake, however, doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to cold ham and cheese sandwiches (unless that’s what you prefer). This portable gas grill means you can serve up a hot meal wherever you go. Thanks to its integrated telescoping legs, you don’t even need a table top.
For a float your entire gang can enjoy, you can’t beat the Intex Inflatable Oasis.This massive 5-person raft features large inflated back and armrests for unrivaled comfort. It even has a mesh lounge area to cool your feet in the water even while aboard and 4 cupholders so your favorite beverage is never out of reach. Who knows, with this cozy floating island you and your friends may never leave the water.
What lake day doesn’t include ice-cold drinks? Although it’s tough to beat a great traditional cooler, we’re big fans of coolers adapting to our environments. Which is why the 30-Quart Kayak Cooler from CreekKooler is our top choice for a day at the lake.
The sleek, lightweight design makes this cooler perfect for when kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, or just lounging in the water. It can hold up to 20 pounds of ice, enough to keep 30 12-ounce cans or bottles of your favorite refreshment cold up to 48 hours. Best of all, this floating cooler keeps your drinks on the water next to you so you don’t have to swim to shore every time you’re ready for another.
A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone. If you’re a fan of ball sports high on strategy, quick reflexes, and impressive hand-eye coordination, then Rally Fire is the game for you.
Set up the trampoline base and bounce back and forth between your buddies. Even if you’re not the most athletic, this game is still loads of fun. Make up the rules as you want, break into teams, and add extra balls for even more chaotic, yet thrilling game play. Bump, set, spike—game on.
No matter your jam, be sure you and all your friends can hear it with this portable outdoor speaker from Victrola. Play your favorite pop, country, or 90s classics playlist for up to 20 hours on a single charge. This 20-watt speaker plays all genres to their strengths, from mellow mood-setting summer hits to base-thumping rock.
Can’t hear your favorite tune? Turn it up from up to 33 feet away thanks to built-in Bluetooth capability. And if a sudden storm threatens rain (or someone accidentally drops it in the lake), don’t worry. This speaker features waterproof technology for withstanding all environments, be that wind, rain, sun, or momentary swim.
Sure, once you make it down to the beach or shoreline, enjoying your day at the lake is easy. It’s the part about getting you and all your gear there that’s the challenge. Forget making multiple trips, just remember this all-terrain beach wagon from Mac Sports. This foldable beach wagon features a spacious cart area designed to get your cooler, pool floats, beach towels, folding chairs, umbrellas, sunscreen, and anything else you brought along down to the water in 1 load.
The wagon’s 4 extra-wide wheels are specially designed to travel over soft sand and rugged terrain, so no matter where you want to set up camp, this folding beach cart will get you there. Plus, when the day is over, it folds down to about the size of a backpack.
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