Gone Outdoors

Packing List for Cabin Camping

by Heather Potter

Cabin camping allows you to enjoy the great outdoors, while still having many of the comforts of home. Cabins range from rustic and primitive, with limited amenities; to luxurious retreats featuring the services found in hotels, such as WiFi and cable TV. Before making a packing list, you should check with the individual rental company or park service to learn what amenities are included.

Eating in Comfort

Many cabins have a kitchen area with a refrigerator and small stove. Some national park campsites only offer water and electricity part of the year, so call ahead to see if you need to bring a portable ice chest. All food should be tightly secured in airtight containers or bags to avoid attracting animals and insects. Luxury cabins in private campgrounds may include dishes and serving ware, but you will need to bring pots, pans, cooking utensils, dishes and glasses, a kettle and coffee press; as well as potholders, kitchen towels, cleaning items and plastic bags for garbage disposal.

Bed and Bath

It is rare for a cabin to come with linens, but most provide bed frames and mattresses, unless the cabin is very rustic. If the cabin has no beds, bring small cots or sleeping bags. For beds without mattresses, inflatable mattresses are easy to transport and quick to set up. Use biodegradable products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and shaving cream. Bring a washcloth and a bath towel; and since some cabins do not have a bathroom, bring a bag to transport your toiletries and towels and wear flip flops to the public showers.

What to Wear

Clothing choice depends on the season and location of the campground, but even in summer months, you should have boots, gloves, rain ponchos or other rain gear; and hats and coats because many areas from forests to deserts become cold at night. If you plan to hike or do any other activities, you should pack the appropriate attire and gear. It is best to have socks that are made of quick drying material or wool to prevent fungal infections when hiking or biking for long periods of time.

Safety Comes First

Even if the cabin comes equipped with full electrical service, bring flashlights and a lantern; as well as replacement batteries and light bulbs. You should have a first aid kit that includes bandages, anti-itch cream, allergy medication, antiseptic, tweezers, pain relievers and of course, any prescription medication that you are taking. Bring an extra pair of prescription glasses if you wear them. Insect repellent and sunscreen are important year-round.

Amuse Yourself

Some luxury cabins come equipped with cable television, Internet service and DVD players. If you have these amenities bring your laptop, a selection of DVDs and personal mp3 player. Books, magazines, card and board games are all good to have along. If traveling with children, be sure to bring toys and any items that they need to get to sleep, such as a favorite toy or nightlight.

About the Author

Heather Potter has more than 10 years experience as a writer. She specializes in travel writing, and her writing has appeared on national websites, including USA Today. She attended Boston University.

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