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Summer Packing Guide: The Adirondacks

On summer Fridays when everyone else leaves New York City to drink Skinny Girl margaritas with real housewives in the Hamptons, I will be driving the other direction to my family's house in Lake Placid, NY.

It takes an extra hour or more to get up to the Adirondacks, where the water's not only placid but frigid, and "s'mores making" rivals "listening to the loons" as the most exciting after-dinner activity. But I'm a serious person, and I'd rather be up there getting in touch with nature and doing Thoreau-ish intellectual things. Like hiking (with Carly Rae Jepsen on my iPod), reading (Fifty Shades of Grey on my Kindle) and boating (tanning and texting from the bow).

Click through below to see the stuff I'll be be packing, and the things I wish I were. In time, the money saved from missing out on other vacation spots—with their fancy beachside meals and $14 cocktails—might mean I can actually buy them all. Yay, nature.

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Wooden sunglasses to wear while paddling my wooden canoe.

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It's important to match your towel to your bathing suit. And the vibe of your vacation spot.

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Doubles as a non-oily, good-smelling insect repellent.

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If "wood cabin chic" were a category of jewelry, it'd look like this.

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Samantha the American Girl doll would've totally brought these to summer camp.

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I will wear it days on end, but no one will judge me. They're cool like that in the Adirondacks.

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It's REALLY cold in that lake, people.

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You could always buy yarn in town and make your own, but these are prettier.

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For sitting by the outdoor fire pit, obviously.

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In winter, I pack my fur vest. In summer, I'll pack this.

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So Wet Hot American Summer.

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For as wild a night as you'll get, add a couple glasses of Cabernet.

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