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When summer rolls around, I start dreaming of a destination filled with sun and water. Which is why every year my friends and I plan a trip to Lake Walloon — it's six hours north of Chicago in northern Michigan, and the perfect escape.
I can't wait to sleep in with the windows open, lounge by the lake, chat around the bonfire, grill out, and bask in the sun — it's like 'chicken soup for my soul.' But before I hop into the car for my long-weekend getaway, I need to pick up a few essentials, like some sun-protective accessories and, of course, a duffel bag! See what I'm packing for my lakeside retreat, ahead.
Photographed by Heather Talbert