Family vacations are a great way to unplug from your screens, reset your attitude, and connect with each other. When you reflect on your own childhood, we’re willing to wager that a big part of your positive memories were the occasions that your family sat around a bonfire at RV campgrounds, just enjoying each other’s company.
One amazing way to plan a family vacation that will definitely give you a truckload of quality time and great memories is renting on of the amazing cabins that sprawls across our great country. You don’t have to travel far to find some of the best cabins in the country; there are world-class cabins in New Hampshire, there are awesome cabins down in Kentucky, you’ll find magazine-worthy cabins at the other end of the country, in Oregon. Basically, there’s definitely a great cabin within an hour or two of you!
We are so ecstatic about your cabin vacation that we put together a quick checklist of things to plan for to make it the very very best adventure possible:
Three Things to Think About While Planning the Best Cabin Get-away Ever
- Look For Age Appropriate Outings
We are all so accustomed to being entertained endlessly by a little screen, that it’s easy to forget to plan your entertainment while you’re in nature. We’re willing to bet that you don’t want to drag your family out to a cabin in the wilderness, only to have them stare at their phones the entire trip. You can avoid this by considering the amazing adventures that are to be had in the area where you are staying.
Just make sure to take the age-appropriateness of the activities into consideration while choosing both an area and a cabin to stay in. For example, if you have small children, staying somewhere near a nice sledding hill during the winter, or a nice place to splash in a river or take a mild nature walk during the warmers seasons will be loved by all. On the other hand if you have teenagers, you can look for cabins with bigger adventures, like skiing and snow boarding during the winter, or water skiing and good hiking trails during the spring and summer. The point is to make sure you considering the WHAT you’ll do during your cabin adventure, not just the WHERE.
- Know What You Need to Bring (And What You Can’t Bring) Before You Arrive
Cabins are not like hotels when it comes to amenities. Some cabins provide everything you need for your stay, short of room service. Others don’t even provide trash bags or toilet paper. It’s a big bummer to get way in the middle of nowhere, only to realize that you don’t have any toilet paper!
If you are renting a cabin from a property management company, you should have no problem getting a list of suggested items to bring with you. If your cabin rental is coming from a private party, you might want to specifically ask about what the cabin is stocked with. Make sure to consider cooking and eating tools, paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, etc), and linens such as bed sheets and towels. When in doubt, go ahead and pack it. It’s better to have two of something you need than zero!
On the other hand, because cabins are in nature, you might be subject to additional precautions for your safety and the safety of the other campers in your area. Your cabin rental owner might ask that your abstain from bringing things that could start a fire, or attract bears. Just take a look at this before you pack!
- Plan Your Menu Out Before You Hit the Road
When you stay in a cabin, you might or might not have access to a restaurant nearby. Even if you do, it’s a lot of fun to make your own meals in your cozy cabin with your loved ones. When planning out what you’ll eat during your stay, you can’t assume that the cabin will provide a random item that you always have around the house (such as salt). It’s a good idea to plan dishes that reuse the same ingredients, to reduce the amount of groceries you need to bring with you.
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