Vacationing in a cabin, whether it's in the mountains or aside a lake, is a memorable experience — it's farther away from civilization compared to a hotel and allows you to experience a natural environment. Like most vacation rentals, cabin rentals typically include toiletries and cooking equipment as part of the rental. However, there are a few extra items that you'll need to bring in order to get the full experience out of your cabin rental — read on to discover the four most important ones.
1. Warm Clothing
If your cabin is in the mountains, you should expect it to become quite cold at night. Even if your cabin rental is lakeside, temperatures can still drop — cabins are in sparsely-populated areas that don't have as much of a heat island effect compared to urban centers, so temperatures will often be colder than you would expect. Even if your rental is in a warm climate, it's a good idea to pack jackets and clothes that can be layered in order to keep comfortable when temperatures drop.
2. Specialty Groceries, Herbs, and Spices
Most cabin rentals have convenient access to grocery stores, but you may not be able to find specialty items that you need. If you have a favorite brand of tea or coffee or if your children have certain snacks that they love, pack them before you go on your trip — it may be hard to find them once you've arrived.
Most cabin rentals include kitchens, so you can cook in your rental instead of eating out. This helps you save money on your trip since you can just buy food from the grocery store. However, it's a good idea to bring items like herbs and spices with you instead of buying them near your cabin — you can keep costs lower by bringing your own instead of having to re-buy them once you've arrived.
3. Wireless Range Extenders and Hotspots
Cabins generally have wireless internet access inside the units, but coverage can sometimes be poor outside of them. Hills and dense vegetation often make it difficult for wireless signals to bounce through the air. Bring wireless range extenders with your devices to help bridge the signal inside your cabin with the area surrounding it — you'll improve your coverage. Likewise, it's a good idea to also bring a wireless hotspot with you so that you can access the internet when you're far away from your cabin.
4. Propane, Charcoal, or Firewood
Some cabins have grills or fire pits, and it's important to ask whether or not fuel will be provided. Most cabin rental companies will provide propane on-site, but some require you to bring your own firewood, matches, and charcoal. Drinking coffee by the fireside is one of the best parts about renting a cabin, and you'll want to bring the fuel you need in order to light it.
While you may have to pack more bags when you're vacationing in a cabin rental compared to renting a hotel, it's a completely different type of vacation experience. Preparing well for your trip and double-checking your bags to ensure you have everything you need will help you make the most of it.