There’s something about being immersed in nature that helps to soothe the soul and make us feel more grounded and connected with the world. A relaxing weekend getaway in the countryside can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered when the stresses and strains of everyday life start to become overly tiresome. I recently moved away from the city and all my friends and family are desperate to visit me for a bit of R & R. Being around water can be especially soothing, so why not head to a lake on your next free weekend (or any day, because hey, we’re not all “9-5ers” anymore!)?
Load your luggage into a Vault Cargo Cargo Hitch Carrier, hop in your car and get ready for a relaxing weekend getaway in nature. Just don’t forget to pack the essentials! While the climate, location and your preferred activities will largely dictate your packing choices, here are some things you may want to add to your list.
Packing List – A Relaxing Weekend Getaway at the Lake
1. Drinking Water
Sure, you’ll have plenty of water close to you at the lake, but you’ll also need plenty to drink. Supplies may be difficult to find, especially if you are heading to a more remote destination. Stop at the closest convenience store and stock up on drinking water, especially in the hotter months. Gotta keep hydrated!
2. Food and Snacks
Unless you know for sure that there are restaurants, cafes or convenience stores close to your chosen lake, be sure to pack enough food and snacks to see you through the weekend. If you’re going to be camping, ensure you have the means to cook your food too. Staying in a self-catering cabin? Check in advance what cooking items they have available. Many a time I have been stuck without a tin opener or scissors because they didn’t provide them and I never thought to ask.
A cooler with plenty of ice helps you to keep food and drinks cool, meaning there’s less chance of items spoiling in the heat. Also, your water and beers (or wine) will be even more enjoyable when served refreshingly chilled.
4. Clothes and Footwear
When deciding what clothes and shoes you want to take along on your relaxing weekend getaway, consider the activities that you want to do. If plunging into the cool waters for a swim is high on your agenda, don’t forget your bathing suit. Looking forward to long walks and hiking in the countryside? Hiking boots, runners and socks are probably needed. Pack clothes for both hot and cold temperatures too; temperatures can fluctuate, especially at nighttime. Flip flops are ideal for pottering about at the water’s edge and a hat protects your head in the sun.
5. Toiletries and Hair Care Products
Shampoo, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion and a hairbrush/comb are equally as important at the lake as they are at home. If you’re wild camping and bathing in the water, it’s especially important to make sure that any products you pack are eco-friendly. The same applies for sun cream; make sure it’s both water resistant and not harmful to the environment. Remember to apply your sun screen at least 30 minutes before stepping into the sunshine.
Even if you don’t plan to swim, you’re still likely to get at least a little wet at the lake. Plus, you’ll want to try off when taking a shower. As well as your showering towel, take along an older towel for drying off lakeside. You can also use an older towel to lay out on the floor to sit on if you don’t take a picnic blanket or fold-up chairs. The key to packing is packing multi-use items.
7. Basic First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen anywhere, but they’re more likely to occur when you’re exploring the outdoors and doing different activities. Assistance can be difficult to find in off-the-beaten-track destinations and sprawling national parks. Essential first-aid items include plasters and bandages, tweezers, safety pins, antiseptic, and pain killers. Insect repellent is also highly useful. You can buy pre-made first aid packs in chemists/pharmacies or you can easily make up your own, usually you’l have most items at home.
8. Books, Games, and Other Leisure Items
You want your relaxing weekend getaway to be just that, right? So take along items that will help you to unwind and switch off (no, I don’t just mean alcohol). Toss a good book into your bag, pack some art supplies or select a few games for a group to enjoy. A deck of cards and Uno can be perfect at the lake. Rubber rings, inflatable boats and flotation devices can also add to the fun and relaxation. Want to do some stargazing? Why not take a telescope? Planning to spot nature? Binoculars can be handy.
Sunglasses, garbage bags, a flashlight and spare batteries are also recommended. A map can help out with actually making your way to the lake; remember, there may be little mobile signal or GPS coverage.
Pack smartly and have a terrific time at the lake on your relaxing weekend getaway, ready to return home feeling refreshed, recharged and raring to go.
What’s the most stunning lake you’ve ever visited?
I love Lake Peyto in Banff National Park and Lake Bled in Slovenia.