Cottage, cabin, vacation home – wherever it is and whatever it’s called, these are great places to spend time with family and friends. This is your opportunity to get away for a weekend, a week, or even longer if you have the time.
It is more complicated than just heading out to the cottage for the weekend; there is a large amount of planning and packing required. This packing and planning is dependent on a few factors: firstly, where you are going; whether you are owning or renting the cottage; the season, weather; what you’ll be doing, whether it’s going for day trips to the beach, or taking long hikes outside.
When you are renting a cottage or vacation property, packing becomes a little bit more tedious because you are often not sure about what basic items will be provided or available. Consider a first aid kit for example; it may be important to pack one in the case of emergency instead of presuming the owner of the cottage has left one only to find out (at a bad time) that this is not the case. If you know or are in contact with the owner, sometimes it facilitates your packing and planning if you are able to ask what the cottage has and what you will need.
Consider the following as a base list to give you an idea of what you may need:
- Warm clothing and extra socks (especially for colder climates like the UK or Northern Europe);
- Light rain jacket for warmer climates with frequent showers;
- Appropriate footwear (running shoes, rain boots, flip-flops,etc);
- First aid kit;
- Kitchen supplies (pots, pans, matches, etc.);
- Playing cards and/or board games;
- Bathing suits;
- A radio;
The context of your trip will largely influence what you bring, so make sure to pack what you need to ensure the trip is as enjoyable as possible.