Cabin Packing List: Essentials for Comfort, Fun, and Adventure

A-frame cabin with string lights nestled in a lush forest setting, showcasing the tranquility of nature-bound architecture on a damp wooden deck

Packing for a cabin getaway? First, get familiar with what your cabin offers.

Are kitchen essentials provided, or should you pack everything from salt to olive oil? Are toiletries provided?

The season of your visit is crucial too – it dictates whether you’ll need warm layers for chilly evenings or lighter clothing for a summer stay.

And consider your activities – will you be hiking through the wilderness or simply relaxing by the fire?

Answering these questions will help you create a practical packing list.

And our list below is your ultimate checklist, ensuring you don’t miss a thing for your perfect cabin escape.

Cabin Essentials

  • Print reservations & directions – heading to a remote paradise like Big Sur means encountering spotty cell service. Be prepared by printing out your directions and reservations beforehand.
  • Cell phone charger and power bank for staying connected, or at least having the option to.
  • Flashlight and headlamp – for navigating a late-night trip to the bathroom or for blackouts.
  • First aid kit – It’s one of those things you hope not to use but will be grateful for if the need arises.

If you’re embracing the solitude of a solo cabin adventure, it’s wise to inform friends or family members of your location and planned activities.

Things To Bring To Be Comfy

To ensure your cabin getaway is the epitome of comfort, packing these items can make all the difference:

  • Cozy fleece jacket for staying warm during those cooler evenings or when you’re enjoying a morning cup of coffee outside.
  • Leggings for lounging indoors.
  • Bring a soft, warm blanket for extra snugness during the night or for wrapping up while sitting on the porch.
  • If your cabin has trees nearby, a hammock could be a great addition for soaking in the serene surroundings.
  • Camping chairs for sitting by the fire or gazing at the stars.
  • I always bring my PJs
  • Slip-on shoes for quick trips outside or when you’re moving around inside the cabin.
  • Fairy lights to add a touch of magic to your cabin ambiance.

Things To Do

  • Books – pack a few good reads to enjoy the quiet moments, whether you’re curled up inside or basking in the sun on the deck.
  • Board game & cards – a board game has been a lifesaver on those unexpectedly rainy days or for cozy nights in.
  • Portable speaker to set the atmosphere whether you’re enjoying a calm morning or having a lively barbecue.
  • Binoculars – with nature at your doorstep, binoculars are essential for spotting wildlife or examining the star-filled sky at night.
  • Journal – for me 2024 is the year of journaling.
  • Snacks because I don’t go anywhere without snacks.
  • Canoe, kayak or paddle board – If your cabin is near water, bringing a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard can offer a wonderful way to explore the area and enjoy the tranquility of the water.
  • Camera / tripod – capture the memories with your camera, and consider a tripod for group shots or to photograph the stunning landscape and starry night skies.

Cooking Essentials

Depending on the set up you may want to bring:

  • Mugs for your morning coffee or evening hot chocolate.
  • Coffee because a cabin morning without coffee just isn’t the same.
  • Portable coffee press if you’re particular about your coffee and want to kickstart your day the way you like it no matter where you are.
  • Hot chocolate for warming up on chilly evenings.
  • Trash bags for managing waste responsibly.
  • Bottle opener – don’t be caught off guard when it’s time to relax with a bottle of your favorite beverage.
  • Lighter – whether lighting a grill or starting a fire
  • Spices to add flavor to any meals you cook.
  • Oil – a small bottle of cooking oil is necessary for frying or sautéing.
  • S’mores kit because no cabin experience is complete without the joy of making s’mores by the fire.
  • Thermo cup to keep your drinks hot or cold for hours as you explore the outdoors or relax at the cabin. Also great for bringing soup as hiking lunch.


  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Hair brush
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Chap stick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper (i always bring extra, never a bad idea)
  • Skincare & makeup


  • Leggings or hiking pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles

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