Lake Powell red rocks with graphic sunset

What to Pack for a 3-day Social Distancing Vacay to the Lake

By Marcella Willden

As I’m sure it did for many of you, 2020 sure shifted around my plans for the summer, but after spending LOTS of time at home, my family and I decided to do a 3-day social distancing vacay to the lake to get some fresh scenery and fresh air. Read ahead to see some of my packing essentials for a quick and safe family trip.

Marcella with long dress holding a carry on

As Many Cute Swimsuits as Possible!
Whenever I know I’ll be swimming daily, I like to pack multiple swimsuits so that I can 1) maximize my outfit possibilities and 2) have a dry one to put on every day. As a bonus, these can be mixed and matched with your other items to create cute lakeside outfits.

Green, red with white stripes and with with black polka dots swimsuit tops and swimsuit bottom

Fresh and Comfy T-shirts
I live in Arizona where summers are H-O-T hot, so when I’m packing for local trips, I like to include plenty of lightweight, breathable T-shirts. Cotton is great in the summer because, if you get it wet, it’ll keep you cool.

White and colorful striped tshirts

Cute Shorts and Skirts
Even though I know I’ll mostly wear swimsuits, I always like to pack a pair of my favorite jeans shorts or a cute skirt to wear at the end of the day and while we’re driving.

Jeans short and Skirt

Sandals, Sandals, Sandals!
For trips to the lake like this one, I always like to bring two pairs of sandals: one that I can get wet and a cute pair that’s good for walking around the marina.

Flip Flops and sandals

And last but not least? Don’t forget to pack cute masks to wear while you’re on the road. If you’re heading out on a roadtrip to a nearby destination, happy packing! Need to refresh your summer vacay wardrobe? Head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop for some late summer finds, social distancing style. And if your packing happened to inspire a closet cleanout, make sure to call ahead to schedule a drop-off selling appointment!


$1 Sale Benefiting the Equal Justice Initiative

This past July, Buffalo Exchange Tucson hosted a socially distanced Dollar Sale to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative. This fantastic organization works hard to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in America. The sale generated $2,390, with all proceeds going directly to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Customers Shopping

During this sale, we tried out a variety of new strategies to ensure a safe shopping environment for customers and employees. For example, we limited it to no more than 45 shoppers at a time in the large parking lot of the store; customers signed up in advance for a shopping time slot; and boxes of clothing were spaced at least six feet apart, while proper use of masks was required for all. We also had customers count their items into trash bags to reduce contact and encouraged contactless payment options like Venmo and PayPal.

Employees at CheckoutPayment Options Sign

Overall, the sale was a great success! Customers were able to shop safely while scoring some amazing deals and supporting a great cause. Soon, we hope to hold more socially distanced $1 sales at all of our stores to raise money for a wide variety Black non-profit organizations.