You’re packing for your rustic vacation. You know the basics. Your cooler is filled to the brim with all the yummy foods that you’ll grill in the great outdoors. You’re prepared for those pesky bugs. Armed with repellent and calamine lotion…do people still use that pink stuff I remember so well from my childhood? I picture little pastel polkas dotting your skin, willing yourself not to itch. You think you know exactly what you should load in the car but make sure you don’t forget these cabin (or lake house or camping or up north…) getaway essentials!
Top 5 Cabin Getaway Essentials you didn’t think of!
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Cabin Getaway Essential #1 – Polarized Sunglasses
Polarized because if your anywhere in Michigan you’ll likely be spending some time near the water. Polarized lenses allow for easier viewing in water, reduces glare and provides better sun protection for your eyes.
A decent pair doesn’t have to cost too much. Although I will admit I’ve spent quite a bit in the past…remembering my perfectly fitting, prescription polarized lenses, sigh. Here’s why I would recommend going with something a little more frugal for your first pair or 2. Mine? currently crushed from a loon watching photo shoot and careless foot placement – boohoo! Also, many stories are circulating around the resort of sunken specks and I’m sure the lake isn’t giving them up anytime soon.
Cabin Getaway Essential #2 – Camera
Our wildlife is a-plenty in these northern parts and with all the fun you’ll be having, it’s going to be a must to capture those great memories to share for years to come. Follow along with our Instagram feed for some wildlife, outdoors and lake-life inspiration. I’ll admit I’m not the best photographer but it sure is fun to be clicking away out there.
Cabin Getaway Essential #3 – A Good Book
Chances are good that you won’t have great cell reception, if at all, let alone wifi. So soak up the sites, sounds and prepare for the slow down. Immerse yourself in a fantasy land, thriller, good ghost story, mystery, romance or non-fiction of your choice.
*Bonus, bring a journal and start your own story. Writing can be very therapeutic and with the disconnection from tech you may find yourself beautifully inspired.
Cabin Getaway Essential #4 – S’mores
An outdoor campfire tradition! S’more – a sweet snack consisting of a chocolate bar and toasted marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers. You may be surprised how many people have never heard of them or even tried one. Make it gourmet with dark chocolate, Reese’s PB cups or Mounds for the coconut lovers. Kids from 2 to 102 can use their imagination to create something special. Get your perfectly toasted marshmallow using these.
Cabin Getaway Essential #5 – Check the Weather!
While this is not necessarily a must have “item,” it’s definitely a must do! And remember, this is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the weather changes more often than a toddler changes their food preferences. So pack for all of it! Warm, cold, raining or shining at least you’ll be prepared and sort of know what to expect.
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