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Lake Cumberland Essential Packing List

Worried you’ll forget something for your Lake Cumberland trip? We’ve got you.

You’ve already rented the cabin, so let us curate the must-haves. Use our insiders’ list to replace forgotten items with unforgettable memories.

Quick pre-packing questions to consider: Do you want a picnic lunch on the water? Or would you rather enjoy a prep-free lunch at one of Somerset’s fantastic water-side restaurants? If you decide on the latter, you’ll just need some snacks for the day and a cooler stocked with ice and your favorite beverages. 

Renting a boat? One thing to think about is which marina has the boat that best fits your needs. Check availability and book it to secure your spot.


  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Disposable plates, utensils, cups, paper towels, trash bags* (leave no trace)
  • Grilling utensils (if your boat comes with a grill)
  • Water
  • Favorite beverage – drink responsibly


  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops/ water shoes
  • Towels
  • Cover up
  • Extra change of clothes

Skin Care

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • First Aid kit

Tools and Gear

  • Fishing equipment
  • Fishing license
  • Ziploc bag for cash, credit cards, keys, cell phone
  • Lifejacket*
  • Camera
  • Confirmation email (hard copy or phone)
  • Koozies
  • Bottle opener
  • Inflatables/foam noodles
  • Book

*Marinas do provide lifejackets, but make sure you have plenty to fit your crew. Most also provide trash bags.

With this packing list, you will get to spend more time making memories on Lake Cumberland and less time worrying if you have everything you need.  But, we all forget something on occasion. If that’s you, hot tip: Most marinas stock the essentials in their ship store.

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