It can be hard to find a cottage or cabin to rent. It might be harder deciding on what to bring because cabins tend to be remote, and the rental might not be fully furnished with toiletries and other essential goods. Some things are better to have extra than be without. The manager might be able to give a family some ideas; other items should be brought anyway. Follow this checklist to know the bare minimum of what to bring.
1) Rent manager contact information
Make sure to have all the local contact numbers. The landlord is essential because they can answer questions and respond to problems. Other numbers might be the local police and pharmacy in case health supplies are needed in a pinch. Make sure that you have the receipt from fully paying your rental. This way, there can be no confusion.
2) Bring your ID
Legal documents are unavoidable. Even in a remote area, everyone should have an ID also if they do not plan on leaving the park or campground. Accidents happen in remote areas, and authorities need to be able to identify a person if they come across an unconscious body. Have passports ready if you are across or near the border.
3) Multiple forms of payment
It is good to have both cash and a credit card. A bank card links to a checking account but still runs through a major card carrier such as Visa or Mastercard. Remote stores might only be able to take one type, so it might pay to have more than one type of card. Always have cash on hands. Some people used to keep traveler’s checks, but personal checks and debit cards make these mostly unnecessary.
4) Have chargers for all your electronics
A cell phone is essential in a remote area. It might be the only way to get help. Do not forget a charger, and a battery extension might come in handy when on the trail or road. Cameras might have chargers, but being able to reuse removable batteries is even more convenient. Other countries might use 240 volts, in which case converters might be necessary.
5) Basic comforts and toiletries
Bring your own pillows because the ones at the cabin might be too hard or soft. Having an extra few can make for better sleep in a new bed. Extra sheets can be put to many uses, and travelers never seem to have enough extra paper towels. Always have extra toilet paper, toothpaste, skin, and hair products. They are small and do not hurt if left unused.
6) Extra fuel if grilling is allowed
Many campsites let you have a log fire or else grill outdoors. In this case, it becomes necessary to pack in a bag of charcoal briquettes. A regularly used area might not have a lot of extra firewood available aside from small twigs. Pack in your own split wood if none is provided. Know how to light a fire.
7) Bring extra kitchen supplies
Unless all meals are packaged or else there is a restaurant nearby, come prepared to cook foods. There are many products that only need to be dropped in hot water, but cooking from scratch means having seasoning and condiments. A thick frying and saucepan can be used to cook many different things. Store all the loose spices in ziplock bags in case they spill out of the original containers.
8) Extra drinks appropriate for a campsite
The tap water in a remote area might taste different, so consider bringing a powdered sports drink or else tea and coffee packs. Sugar and salts are essential for both food and drink, so bring those. If the family likes coffee, then bring different types of creamer. Coke and sports drinks in containers are convenient but take a lot of space to pack in.
9) Frequently used personal items
Most outdoorsmen will insist that everyone have an extra change of clothes and shoes. Trash bags are essential because everyone produces waste, and plastic can be toxic to burn. Pets need both kibble and canned food in order to keep them happy. Also, bring soap and powdered laundry detergent. A shirt might get so dirty that it is smart to throw it in a bucket full of detergent immediately in order to save it.