By Mikkie Mills
Spending time in a cabin located in a beautiful natural setting can be an ideal antidote for a stressful life. Cabin getaways can offer immersion in nature which has been proven to have almost miraculous effects on the human stress response. It offers an opportunity for you to spend quality and uninterrupted time with family and friends and often gives you access to a variety of outdoor activities that are sure to create lasting memories.
Since cabin destinations are designed to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the daily world, you’ll need to plan to be some distance from daily conveniences. Beyond packing your fishing rods, hiking shoes and favorite sweater, there are a few things that you can provide that will make your time away even better.
The average person has become quite reliant on electronic devices. Although it is a great idea to pause your work emails while you are away, you’ll still want to take some electronics with you. The rugged world of cabin living is not naturally compatible with fragile electronic devices so you will want to take action to protect them. Investing in protective guards and waterproof cases is a great precaution to take.
Of course, if you own your own cabin and spend a great deal of time there, it may be worth it to invest in electronics that are built to take some wear and tear. You can purchase really tough laptops that can withstand significant drops and can even weather a rainstorm unscathed. If you are planning an extended stay or are lucky enough to take up permanent residence in your cabin, you’ll also want to invest in a wifi signal booster to make sure you can always reach the outside world. If you plan to work remotely at your cabin, be sure to speak with your office about mobile authentication to keep your work data safe.
A Well-Stocked First Aid Kit
A full and fresh first aid kit is a must for any home, but for your cabin getaway, it is even more essential. Cabin locations are often remote, and even those that are more centrally located can often be a bit of a drive from medical facilities. This combined with the fact that you are more likely to be engaging in activities that can cause injury such as hiking, skiing or rafting means that a fully stocked first aid kit is an absolute necessity.
Everyone knows that your first aid kit should have an assortment of bandages, gauze, and wound care essentials, but the fact is that a really well-stocked kit should have much more than this, especially if you are in a remote location. A surgical adhesive can work better than bandages alone to protect minor cuts that will be exposed to the elements. You should have items such as splints and large triangular bandages to secure broken bones until medical care can be gotten. In the case of serious wounds, you will want to have a flushing method as well as a tourniquet.
Reliable Food Source
You may plan on providing your own food by fishing or hunting, or you may intend to visit local eating establishments, but many things can happen in a natural setting that can put a wrench in your plans. Be certain that you have a source of non-perishable nutrition such as canned goods or packaged dry foods to keep you nourished in the event of a storm or other natural event that makes roads impassable. Such foods have a long shelf life so you can stock them once and they’ll be good to use for a very long time. It is also important to stock a good supply of clean water.
Getting away from it all in a remote cabin is a dream vacation for many. Make sure that you do some extra planning to ensure that your getaway is safe. Protect your electronics, stock your first aid kit and bring emergency food and water supplies. A little extra planning will give you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy your time away.