3 Ways to Stay Safe During a Winter Cabin Trip

by Mikkie Mills

With fall in full swing and winter around the corner, people are already dreaming of retreating into the wilderness for a cozy cabin getaway. This kind of experience is a great way for a wintertime vacation that also complements everything that makes winter a beautiful time of year. Here are the tips you’ll need to make your winter retreat a comfortable, safe, and memorable experience.

Invest In Emergency Power Solutions

Retreating into the snow-covered wilderness is a highly romanticized way to get away for a while and unwind once summer has come and gone. Despite this, winter is associated with historically harsh conditions, even if modern amenities render those conditions trivial most of the time. Power outages can be extremely likely in the event of heavy snowfall, and the romantic mountain cabin can become incredibly perilous in the event of an unexpected avalanche. Because of this potential for danger, preparing for the worst is advised, and giving yourself an emergency power supply can mean the difference between safety and danger in an emergency situation. A generator would be a sufficient option in most situations, but the potential to be sealed into your cabin by a dense layer of snow complicates matters. Installing the best solar panels and a battery is the best course of action because it can accrue power during the day and store it for later. Furthermore, a solar panel is typically elevated, potentially keeping it from being buried in a blizzard so that it can continue powering the cabin.

Modern the Heating

Cozy cuddling by a roaring fire is by far the most iconic part of a wintertime cabin getaway, but this can present some logistical problems. A wood stove or fireplace is antiquated; despite the romantic appeal, they are inefficient for a few reasons. For one thing, this kind of heating requires ventilation in order to clear out the smoke that burning fuel creates. This means that the impressive insulation of log cabins can go to waste any time that the fire isn’t actively going because heat can simply escape. Furthermore, wood-burning heating solutions require a steady supply of firewood, something that will require more work on your part, not to mention additional risk during inclement weather. Installing a central heating system can help you keep warm more efficiently, for starters, and replacing antique windows can improve energy efficiency even further.

Prioritize Safety

In addition to concerns about electricity and heating, there are a number of potential safety concerns associated with isolation and winter weather. Taking care of these concerns well in advance can help to ensure that the relaxing vibe that you’re going for can be fully realized. For starters, make sure that your cabin is fully stocked with food. Because the concern is becoming stranded within the cabin or confined to the general area for an indeterminate amount of time, keep plenty of canned goods on hand so that spoilage isn’t an issue. Despite the inefficiencies of fire for heating, make sure that you have the ability to start a fire for cooking and warmth if you need to because long periods of time without electricity or heat in winter can create a multitude of problems. Drinking snow is a viable option in an emergency situation, but only if the snow is melted. Eating frozen snow will lower your core temperature and increase your risk of hypothermia. Be prepared to dress in layers for the sake of warmth. While you may be able to cultivate the desired temperature regardless of clothing options, you never know when you might lose your say in the matter, and heavy layers are the best way to stay warm in the cold.

A mountainside or lakeside cabin can be a great vacation destination in the latter parts of the year, but just like camping, a rustic cabin entails a certain degree of risk. Staying safe can help you enjoy this time-honored wintertime vacation without having to worry about what could go wrong.


Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on natural health cures and news, budgeting hacks, and favorite DIY projects. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her little ones around or can be found rock climbing at her local climbing gym.

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