Updated: Jul 6, 2020
My summer activities are not how I imagined they would be at the beginning of the year. Obviously the pandemic has changed everyone's plans. However I’m making the most of it all and enjoying my summer regardless!
Growing up in West Virginia, going to the river or spending time at the lake was one of my favorite things to do with family and friends. It’s still one of my favorite things as an adult! Where we currently live in Richmond, there is a ton of river access along the James River. These days, we’re spending most of our weekends social distancing and hanging out on the river rocks. Its a way to stay safe from crowds, and relax.
Strangely enough, I love packing for a day at the river. Here are some of my favorite river/lake essentials!
I prefer a soft cooler because they usually have straps and are easier to carry if you have a little bit of a walk or hike to your favorite river spot! My favorite one is from Thirty One. I've had it for about 5 years and it's still holding up great!
Waterproof cellphone bag
Save your phone and buy a waterproof bag to put it in while you’re near the water.
Protecting your skin is essential! make sure to pack some waterproof sunscreen
Be sure to pack at least two towels. One to sit on by the water and the other to dry off with
Water shoes (or socks)
The bottom of the river is rocky, slippery, and covered in all kinds of gunk. Protect your toes and invest in a nice pair of river shoes!
Snacks and Drinks
If you're planning on spending the day at the river make sure to pack enough water so that you stay hydrated, and enough alcohol to make sure you stay happy. Pack snacks in reusable bags, and take drinks in reusable containers so you don't have to carry trash back to your car, and so you don't accidentally leave garbage behind. Also, thermal bottles can keep drinks cold all day.
Invest in a good tube to float the river. (p.s. make sure it has cup holders)