My kids are on fall break for three weeks and we decided to escape the “non fall” for a few days and head up to the mountains! We stayed in a true cabin and had quite an adventure! I’ll share some pictures of our trip later this week, but I wanted to share some tips for staying in a cabin (which is strikingly different than staying in a hotel!) with kids!
1. Pick a cabin that is kid friendly. Make sure you have enough beds and space for all of you!
2. Bring everything you need, and more. I am a chronic over packer which normally can be a pain, but when you are staying in the woods, you never know what you’ll need! We stayed in a cabin that was kinda like BYOS (bring your own stuff) so it I was glad I brought certain things. Important random things to bring: toilet paper, paper towels, lots of bug spray, baggies, clips for closing food bags, garbage bags, and soaps! Also don’t forget medicines and first aid stuff- you are staying in the woods, ya know.
3. Plan out your days- but not too much. Part of the fun for these kind of vacations is not to overfill your days with activities. It also is a good lesson for your kids to learn (especially if yours are at all like mine that expect to be constantly be entertained!)
4. Bring easy to cook foods. Our cabin had a fully stocked kitchen with serving dishes and cooking utensils, but nothing fancy. Things like grilling and simple meals are much easier when you are out in the woods like we were!
5. Bring some outdoor activities for your kids! We wanted to do some hiking and knowing how my kids are, I knew I would need to bring things for them to do when we were out and about. I brought multiple scavenger hunts and bags to collect items. It made them much more excited for going on an adventure in the woods!
6. If your kids are used to sleeping with some kind of noise, bring some! My kids like to have the radio on when they sleep and I assumed the cabin would have a radio- it did not, so I was thankful that I had brought my computer so I could play some music for them through the night. I also was glad I brought a nightlight for their room because a cabin in the woods gets pretty dark at night!
7. Bring “unplugged” activities to do. We brought puzzles, board games and cards- it was a fun way to pass the time instead of tablets and video games 24/7.
8. Debug the place before you settle in. We had found a few nasty spiders and a mouse while we were there, and yes, that is part of nature, but if you have kiddies with fears of those kinda things, it’s best to do a sweep before you get all comfortable.
9. Pack for the weather! Make sure you pay attention to what kind of weather you will be having and pack extra clothes incase it gets cold at night.
10. Be prepared not to have phone service. We had zero cell service when we were there but there was a phone in the cabin that could call the main cabin if there was an emergency. Find out what is the option for where you are staying.
So there you have it! Do you take your kids places like this? What are your tips you can add to the list?