Three Tips for the Traveler Preparing for Cabin Life
Every year, according to the American Camp Association, 11 million Americans head into the wilds of the United States to camp and reconnect with nature. For some, it’s all about popping a tent, laying down a sleeping bag, and spending the night beneath the stars. For others, it’s about getting fishing cabin rentals and spending the night in luxury, even while you’re surrounded by a thick expanse of all the natural world has to offer.
Even if you fit into this latter category, you should know that there are some things you need to do to have a successful stay in your lodge rental. If you aren’t used to cabin life, you could find yourself suddenly in the middle of the wilderness without toilet paper, or worse. Follow these tips to make sure your camping experience, whether in luxury log cabins or a shack in a state park, is enjoyable and memorable.
Three Simple Tips for Anyone Heading into the Wild to Experience Cabin Life
- Call Ahead to Find out What Amenities You’ll Have Access To
- Bring Your Day to Day Items
- Find Ways to Keep Yourself Busy
If you’ve never stayed in a cabin before, you might be surprised upon arrival to find that you have neither a shower nor a toilet to call your own. It’s quite common to have a communal shower and bathing area in the center of a camping complex, for example. As written in Alaska Dispatch, you’ll really want to call ahead to find out just what sort of amenities you can expect in your cabin to avoid any potential issues.
It’s extremely common to visit a bare bones cabin. There’ll be beds, a table, a refrigerator, a cooking stove, and maybe even a wood stove. Other than that, you’ll often have to provide for yourself, as Southern Living points out. Dish washing soap and equipment, a sleeping bag, a radio: these are just some of the things you should think about bringing with you. You’ll also want to consider some cabin food ideas. Non-perishable, easy to cook items are your best bet, as they can be transported and prepared without any hassle. Think about macaroni and cheese, soup, and hot dogs here.
Even if you’re heading to Alaska for some of that famous Kenai River fishing, chances are you’re going to have some down time — you’re going to have a lot of it. Generally, people handle this in one of two ways: they either love it, or they start going crazy — yes, people do get cabin fever. If you’re not sure which camp you fit into, err on the side of caution and bring something to do. Books, puzzles, writing materials: just bring something that you enjoy to fill the space.
Do you have a lot of experience with cabin life? What recommendations would you give others preparing for their upcoming adventure? Share your tips with us in the comments below!