March 23, 2020

Bear Lake Packing List Guide

We’ve all been there - days away from the perfect getaway and “vacation brain” sets in. The anxiety is real - especially when you get to your destination and realize you forgot the most critical items imaginable back at home. Sure, you can make a run to the store every time you take notice of something you left behind, but you have better things to do! So, let’s be proactive, shall we?

Take a few moments in that last-minute chaos to inhale deeply and envision yourself kicked back on the shores of Bear Lake beneath the peaks of the Rockies, and then check this handy packing list and let’s make it happen!

Spring And Summer Apparel

When it comes to attire, keep it comfortable and casual! Bear Lake is a natural destination, centered around a freshwater lake with epic warm weather recreation opportunities. How you plan to dress is somewhat dictated by your planned activities, but it’s wise to plan for anything because you never know what appealing amusements may arise that you simply can’t stand to pass up!

Spring in Utah can be unpredictable and dramatic. It’s the best of both worlds if you visit early in the season, when you’re more likely to have the option of combining warm and cold weather activities on the same day. Depending on when you plan your spring stay, you may wish to consider a smart blend of attire for both types of climates to keep your options limitless!

Utah summers offer warm days and nights promoting lakeside adventures anytime, and commanding outdoor exploration in the sunshine. As is the norm for a mountain town, activities at higher altitudes will demand warmer attire even when temperatures are higher in the valley below. Plan on layering during mountain excursions.

  • Swimsuits
  • T-shirts, tank tops, collared pull-overs
  • Shorts, jeans, capris
  • Sundresses
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Running shoes, sandals, flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Fall And Winter Apparel

If you plan to take advantage of snow-filled mountains, think in layers. While fall may be a milder version of summer, winter at Bear Lake requires that you plan your wardrobe around time on the slopes as well as around town before and after your adrenaline-fueled fun. Fashion is not the only consideration as comfort and safety are critical factors in enjoying your visit, and much of this depends on being properly dressed for the conditions and events you plan to encounter.

To layer like a pro, plan for base layers consisting of thermal wear or running gear, and always opt for waterproof. Avoid cotton fabrics and plan pieces that are easily mixed and matched to stretch your wardrobe. Fleece garments and zip-jackets make for an optimal mid-layer, while a complete set of ski attire creates the perfect outer layer.

  • T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and collared shirts
  • Long pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Waterproof jacket or coat
  • Comfortable shoes, boots
  • Gloves and scarves
  • Waterproof ski boots with tread
  • Ski pants
  • Waterproof ski jacket
  • Ski socks
  • Polarized sunglasses

Gear Up For Spring And Summer Activities - Bring Along Or Buy On Arrival

Naturally, you plan on taking advantage of the ample recreational adventures afforded by our unique destination. Bear Lake is a popular location for scenic exploration, fishing, and boating, for starters. Plan to use your backpack as an activity pack with all of the smaller essentials on-hand at all times.

While you can certainly find local retailers and outfitters to provide equipment and gear for sale and rent during your stay, there are bound to be some items that you just prefer to be your own. While choosing to bring or buy is ultimately a personal choice, consider what activities you will partake in, and to what extent. What is your level of commitment to these activities beyond this getaway? Don't forget your lucky charms or any custom-fit gear you may have trouble replacing with rental equipment.

  • Pails and shovels
  • Beach towels
  • Beach cart or mesh tote
  • Cooler
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Swim goggles and snorkels
  • Floaties
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Fishing tackle
  • Backpacks
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Trail Maps
  • Grab-and-go-snacks (EX: granola bars, trail mix)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • First aid supplies
  • Specialized swimming gear (goggles, earplugs etc...)
  • Other essential hiking or fishing needs

Gear Up For Fall And Winter Activities - Bring Along Or Buy On Arrival

With winter activities, much like the summer, many items will be available for rent. Consider what needs you may have based on the activities you plan to enjoy and the items you may already have on hand. You may not wish to lug along a pair of skis, but your goggles may fit snugly in your suitcase! Top winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, and ice fishing.

  • Ski goggles
  • Ski gloves
  • Any specialized ski gear
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Backpacks
  • Compass
  • Reusable water bottle
  • First aid supplies
  • Other essential hiking or fishing needs
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Trail Maps
  • Grab-and-go-snacks (EX: granola bars, trail mix)
  • Adhesive foot and hand warmers
  • Skis or snowboard with bindings
  • Ski poles
  • Helmet
  • Wrist guards and knee pads

Toiletries And Supplies For Your Vacation Home

It's advisable to pick up extra toilet paper and paper towels upon arrival. For quick and easy cleanup throughout your stay, consider grabbing a supply of paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils, as well as aluminum foil. Other items you may wish to personally select to keep at hand during your stay include:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving kit
  • Hair styling products
  • Contact lens case and solution
  • Eyeglasses and case
  • Makeup bag
  • Feminine products
  • Travel manicure kit
  • Travel first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Ear plugs
  • Tissues

Electronics And Gadgets

While we certainly don’t want to encourage working on your vacation, you’ll surely want to inspire a little FOMO in your friends and family back home. To keep connected, and ready to capture and share all of your vacation’s finest moments, make sure to pack up the essential electronics and gadgets… and don’t forget your chargers!

  • Portable phone charging bank
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Waterproof, shockproof cell phone case
  • Small action camera (EX: GoPro) and selfie stick
  • Laptop and charging cables
  • Cell phone/tablet and chargers
  • Camera, memory cards, and chargers

Personal Necessities

Why not bring along a few special items from home for amusement while you're enjoying some down time at your vacation rental? A few good ideas include a favorite book, puzzle, board games, or DVDs! Of course, you should never travel without these few necessities either:

  • Photo ID and credit cards
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Emergency contact information
  • Any necessary medications and prescriptions