10 Fun Things To Bring To A Cabin -Free Printable Ultimate Cabin Packing List

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Let’s Go Cabin Camping!

I love spending time in our cabin! It’s so peaceful and relaxing. The best part is that the phone doesn’t work there, so I can unplug and enjoy the sounds of the birds, breathing in the fresh outdoors.

I have several people that stay in our cabin each year so I thought I would put together a checklist for your of 10 Fun things to bring to a cabin. You can also download my Free Printable Cabin Camping Packing List down below.

The Ultimate Cabin Trip Packing List-min

Things You Might Need For A Cabin Trip

If you’re planning a vacation trip with friends in a cabin, the first thing is to make a list of things you might need to bring with you.  Even though you’re staying in a cabin rather than a tent. You still need to bring things with you.  Most cabins I’ve stayed in include the basic cooking utensils and cookware but they don’t include everything.

When we travel we have a tub set up with some of our basics. Things that can be stored out in the garage without worries, like kitchen utensils, the cookstove, and pans. More on that in a minute. Nothing perishable, but necessities that we can use for both camping or if we stay at a cabin. This saves so much time when traveling.

Free Printable Cabin Camping List

Create a Camping Storage Tub

If you camp a lot or stay in cabins. I suggest that you make yourself a Go-To camping tub with your essentials. Like cookware and first aid items. Ours is a black tub with a lid and that we store in the garage. (Don’t forget to label it) Then when we want to go camping or to a cabin again, we just grab the tub and go. This one is heavy duty with a heavy lid so we can stack them without worries of the lid caving in on itself. We have two tubs, one with cookware and the other with toiletries.

I also keep a “Go-To Bag” of sorts filled with necessities of Band-Aids, makeup, hair supplies small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and wash rags. That way when we do go camping, I just grab my bag and go over my checklist, add anything that might be missing and head out. It makes packing super fast.

And when you’re hubby surprises you with a trip to the beach. You can just grab your bag and go.

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Ultimate Camping Cabin Packing List

Don’t let this list overwhelm you, it’s really simple after you set it up for the first time.

Must-Have List

  • Medications
  • Backpack
  • Table cloth
  • Radio
  • Map
  • Reservation information
  • Duct Tape
  • Pillows/Throw Blanket
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bottled Water
  • Suitcase
  • Warm weather clothing for cool nights
  • Cool-weather clothing, you never know it might get hot
  • Swimsuit
  • Towels, One for the floor of the shower
  • Bag with shampoo, conditioner, razor, deodorant
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Extra batteries
  • Chargers


  • Cooking grill, camping stove
  • Cooking pan
  • Cooking utensils
  • Food
  • Snacks
  • Dish Soap
  • Dishrags/towels
  • Can opener
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paper towels, Bowls, Plates & Forks/knives
  • Ziploc bags
  • Trash bags
  • Water Bottles to fill up
  • Table cloth for picnic tables
  • Cooler
  • Extra ice (freeze some water bottles too)
  • Food for stay, frozen if possible
  • Foil


  • Matches
  • Utility Knife
  • Tablecloth
  • Folding camp chairs
  • Citronella candles
  • Bug spray
  • Marshmallow roasters
  • Pop up tent for picnic tables, in case it rains or protects from sun
  • Lantern
  • Flashlights
  • Large pot for cooking
  • Coffee pot
  • Big water container with a spout
  • Cooler, blanket to cover to keep cooler
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter/matches
  • Beach towels
  • Floats
  • Beach umbrella
  • Camera
  • Bikes
  • Fishing poles & tackle. Don’t forget to buy the license first. They usually let kids fish free.
  • Hanging hammock


  • Laundry soap (if you’re staying for over a week)
  • Clothespins (beach towels)
  • Clothesline, rope to string up
  • Laundry bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bar soap in a mesh bag
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Hangers

10 Fun Things To Bring To A Cabin

 Here’s my simple list of things I always have on hand to take with us when we travel. Most of these are adult activities, but kids can enjoy them too.

  1. Deck of cards (change for gambling)
  2. Board games
  3. Telescope (some parks have special places to meet up and look through their telescopes)
  4. Bird watching, make a list of birds in the area to find or Journal
  5. Binoculars -Folding travel size
  6. Collect nature items, flowers, pinecones, and feathers.
  7. Inner tube for floating in the water (tubbing)
  8. S’mores! (campfire fun)
  9. Kayaks These are a blast!
  10. Fishing Poles

Fun Things To Bring To The Cabin

What are the 10 Essentials For Camping with pets?

 When we went camping in our RV we always had a dog or two with us. It’s very important to bring along the essentials for your pets. You will need these things the most.

  1. Leashes, collars they can’t escape out of, many times this saved my dog’s life.
  2. Shot record (some parks require it)
  3. Small fencing for when you’re sitting outside if you have little dogs.
  4. Water bowls, water container
  5. Food
  6. Food dishes
  7. Poop bags, please pick up the poop.
  8. Kennel for each dog. You will have to crate them at some point on your journey.
  9. Towels to clean their feet before they come inside, rug for outside.
  10. Treats! Don’t forget these.

Unplug, enjoy nature!

Just remember one thing, you’re on vacation! Spending time with your friends and family. STAY OFF THE PHONE! UNPLUG- Make it a No Technology weekend. You can plug back in when you get home. But this time, the time on vacation, you can’t get back. Treasure it, you’re making memories, make as many as you can and have fun! And print out my list of 10 fun things to bring to a cabin, grab them and go.

Happy Camping!

Michelle 🌸

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  1. Reply

    Thanks for the tip that portable fences can be used in order to more easily bring a pet along on a vacation. I’d like to be able to go to a cabin vacation rental with my family soon since we weren’t able to go out back in the holiday season. It would be best to go to one while the weather is still quite cold.

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