10 Tips for a Fabulous Cabin Vacation

by Mikkie Mills

Getting away from it all and communing with nature may sound glorious to those who live in a city. The perfect antidote to too much concrete is renting a cabin deep in the woods where you can hear the birds sing and watch the stars twinkle. Before you head off the beaten path, though, be sure to follow these 10 tips for a great cabin vacation.

1. Check Insurance Coverage

Accidents happen, and when you’re far away from your regular doctor, you may find yourself with a huge out-of-pocket expense. Similarly, if your car breaks down and your towing insurance only covers a 50-mile radius, you may be stuck. Call around to get the best insurance quotes before embarking on an out-of-the-way vacation.

2. Bring Water

Even if your cabin advertises perfectly fine plumbing, it’s always best to bring a couple of gallons of water from home. Pipes could have burst since the last guests, and you’ll need something to tide yourself over with until the plumber gets there. A more common problem is country water tastes funny to city dwellers who may prefer to use their own water in their morning coffee.

3. Bring Food

If you’re staying out in the middle of nowhere, you may not find an all-night diner nearby. It just makes sense to bring enough food to survive on for a few days just in case the fish aren’t biting, or your car gets stuck in the mud and you find yourself getting an unexpected extra day of vacation.

4. Pack Bug Spray

It goes without saying that if you’re closer to nature, there will be more bugs. For city folks, the bugs may be bigger or fiercer than anything you’ve seen before, or they may be silent biters who don’t make themselves known for several hours after they have crawled up your pant leg.

5. Consider Heating Requirements

Whether the cabin runs on a propane heater or a good old-fashioned fireplace, do double-check that you have all the fuel necessary to keep the cabin warm at night, especially if you’re traveling in the colder months. Cabins are often not as efficient at warming up as your air-tight suburban home, so bring a few extra blankets too, just in case the heating system doesn’t warm the space up to your satisfaction.

6. Bring Light

Unless you are staying in a luxury cabin, chances are the inside (and outside) lighting will be minimal, which is as it should be. It’s much easier to see the billions of stars in a truly dark sky. It’s also easy to get very lost in the pitch black. Bring a couple of sturdy flashlights (with fresh batteries) and even a battery-powered lantern or two if you’re not comfortable being in the dark.


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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