1) Have friends with a cottage connection.
2) Bring a crapload of food. Have a gluttonous meals all day every day. Eat outdoors whenever possible.
3) Have provisions and entertainment for bad weather.
4) Fireworks, especially for national holidays, are a must.
5) Enjoy the lake.
6) Participate in the annual ‘beer croquet’ tournament with a mandatory dresscode.
7) End every night with a nice bonfire