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Know Before You Go: Things To Bring To Your Cabin Rental To Make It Feel Like Home

by Amanda Phillips

While many landlords will supply the basics, there are some things that you may sorely miss if you neglect to pack them for your stay at a rented cabin. Since every tenant is different, most cabins may only include the most basic of essentials, such as linens, some cookware, cutlery, and toilet paper. Before you head out to your cabin rental, be sure to take time to pack a few things that will make you feel more at home during your stay.

For cooking: Even a "stocked" kitchen will be missing some items that you usually use at home; be sure to bring extra paper products, such as paper towels and napkins, since you will likely use a lot of these goods during your vacation. Some other things to bring are:

  • Dish detergent.
  • Cooking spatulas.
  • Coffee and filters.
  • A meat thermometer.
  • A cutting board.
  • Your chef's knife.
  • A colander.
  • Aluminum foil.
  • Favorite spices.

For entertaining: If you plan on having guests during your stay, pack a few things to make entertaining easier, such as:

  • Extra blankets or bedding for overnight guests.
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid, and matches for the grill.
  • A drink blender.
  • Puzzles, games, or cards.
  • A couple extra gallons of water.

For lounging: If your idea of a vacation is curling up by the fire with a good book, then be sure to pack some things to make this feasible. Some must-haves are:

  • Fire starter for a fireplace or wood stove.
  • Task light for reading.
  • A corkscrew or bottle opener.
  • Your favorite beverage, such as tea bags or liquor.

For the bath: Set up your cabin's bathroom with a few things from home. This includes:

  • Extra toilet paper.
  • Beach towels.
  • Soap and bathing products.
  • Clothespins to hang up wet clothes.
  • Laundry detergent.

Just in case: There are always a couple things that you may not need, but that doesn't hurt to bring along, just in case. Some of these things might be:

  • A small fire extinguisher.
  • An alarm clock.
  • A flashlight or a headlamp.
  • Pens and paper.
  • A fan.
  • A cast-iron skillet or pot that can be used on the grill or in a fire.
  • Candles.
  • A power strip.

Make yourself at home in your rented cabin, without having to run to the nearest store multiple times during your stay. Take care to pack a few of these essential, though often overlooked items, to ensure your time away is all that you want it to be! Contact a cabin rental company, such as Sunburst Cabins, to find out the specific amenities your cabin will already have.