A log cabin is the perfect choice for holidaymakers who want a private break away from towns and cities. Self-catering accommodation allows people to set their own pace, with no one about to disturb them. It is also an excellent choice for families with young children and those who are looking for pet-friendly accommodation. Log cabins are rarely close enough to other buildings, so children can have as much fun as their parents without any worries about the noise.
Knowing what to pack when staying in a log cabin can determine whether the holiday is a success. Modern log cabins are rarely as rustic as those portrayed in films, but it is always best to ask about the contents of the cabin and the conveniences and appliances available. In addition to packing everyday items, there are seven things that should not be overlooked. These should be adjusted to suit the needs and preferences of holidaymakers. Holiday and camping accessories are available from supermarkets, department stores, camping and hiking shops, and online, from eBay.
Before Leaving Home
It is important to find out what the log cabin contains before going on holiday. Ask the letting agent or owner whether the cabin is supplied with gas or electricity. If only gas is available, using and charging electronic devices may not be practical. Find out whether linen and towels are available and what appliances are in the cabin, such as a washing machine and dishwasher. Ask about cleaning materials and other consumables, such as bin bags, toilet paper, kitchen towel, and any other everyday items that may be required. It is best to think about each room, make a list of what is used on a daily basis, and ask questions about bulkier items. This provides a clear indication of what to pack. There are seven items that should not be overlooked.
Item 1: Kitchen Must-Haves
There are several kitchen utensils that do not have to be taken on holiday, but make life fairly difficult if they are left behind. Pack a separate box for the kitchen that contains a few essentials. Include a knife sharpener, bottle opener with a corkscrew, can opener, and plastic cups, plates, and cutlery. While plastic kitchenware may not be something that is used often, it is handy to have when going on picnics. Those with young children probably see these items as necessities. Also include salt, pepper, stock cubes, and other condiments as very few log cabins have the cupboards stocked with these. Log cabin enthusiasts recommend collecting condiment sachets from fast food outlets and packing these as they take up less space and are easier to take on picnics.
Item 2: Breakfast and Drinks
Depending on where the log cabin is located, visitors may not have access to a shop if they arrive late in the afternoon or evening. Pack some tea, coffee, sugar, milk, and breakfast cereal to ensure that weary travellers have access to hot drinks after unpacking, and breakfast before going grocery shopping in the morning. Some log cabins have a welcome pack that includes these items, but caffeine addicts may find that supplies do not stretch far enough for a morning cuppa.
Item 3: Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning may not be the first thing that springs to mind when planning a holiday, but not being able to clean the cabin could soon become a problem, especially for an extended trip. Take at least washing up liquid and a multipurpose cleaner. Do not forget to pack a dishcloth or two, sponges, and any other equipment that may be needed. Bathroom cleaner should also be considered, depending on space.
Item 4: First Aid Kit and Manual
Holidaying in a remote location has its benefits, but one of the biggest disadvantages is that medical assistance often takes some time to arrive. Always pack a first aid kit for a log cabin holiday. Include the usual items, such as bandages, plasters, eyewash, tweezers, and scissors, but also include a few essential items from the medicine cabinet. Antihistamines, an antiseptic, medication for diarrhoea or nausea, treatment for insect bites and stings, and some painkillers should be included.
Take any special needs of the people staying in the cabin into account and remember to pack items such as asthma inhalers. Prescriptions should be filled before leaving to ensure that all medication that is taken regularly is available. In addition, invest in a first aid manual to ensure that the correct treatment is administered in an emergency.
Item 5: Emergency Kit
Several items are particularly handy in emergencies, such as power outages. Include candles, matches or a lighter, a torch or headlamp, and batteries. Print a list of emergency numbers for the local area and add this to the kit. Ensure that there is always access to a charged mobile phone when staying in a remote log cabin and that the phone is accessible easily. Leave the kit where it can be found if the cabin is completely dark.
Item 6: Accessories for Children
Most log cabins do not have what is needed to house young children and pets comfortably. Consider buying a cot, baby bath, and high chair, or ask whether any of these items are available. Travelling with little ones often leave parents with the feeling that they are packing everything but the kitchen sink. Foldable items or those designed specifically for travel are more compact and make packing a little bit easier.
Item 7: Accessories for Pets
Remember to pack food and water dishes, leads, toys, food, and bedding for pets. Some log cabin owners may require that pets are left safely in a crate or carrier when their owners are out. Ask about these guidelines before setting off and ensure that everything that is required to keep pets safe and out of trouble has been packed.
Quick Reference List for a Log Cabin Holiday
The table below can be used as a quick reference list for the buying or packing of items mentioned above. Add or remove the components to tailor the list to the specific needs and preferences of the people on the log cabin holiday.
Bottle opener with corkscrew
Plastic cups, plates, and cutlery
Salt and pepper
Breakfast and drinks
Washing up liquid
Sponges and dishcloths
Disposable kitchen towels
First aid kit and manual
Medication for diarrhoea or nausea
Medication for treating insect bites and stings
Matches or a lighter
Torch or headlight
Emergency phone numbers
Accessories for children
Accessories for pets
Food and water dishes
Crate or carrier
The list above is by no means exhaustive. However, it provides a good starting point for creating a room by room list before packing for a log cabin holiday.
Buying Log Cabin Holiday Accessories and Equipment on eBay
Finding everything that you need on eBay for the perfect log cabin holiday is easy. Type a phrase, such as " picnic set", into the search field, which can be found on every page, to see the items available from sellers. Choose the most suitable category and item features to narrow your selection. For more search options, use the advanced search feature.
Before You Buy on eBay
Before buying on eBay, evaluate the item and the seller. Click on an individual link to access the item listing page where you can find all of the information that you need. This includes details such as the full item description, buying options, payment methods, postage and packaging costs, and the seller's feedback information. Always add the postage and packaging costs to the item's final selling price to calculate its total cost.
Click on the number next to the seller's username to see his or her feedback. Buyers are encouraged to leave feedback about sellers' products and customer service at the conclusion of each transaction.
A log cabin holiday is the perfect getaway for those who want to spend some time out of the city. Before packing, ask what is available at the cabin. It is always a good idea to find out where the closest supermarket or grocery is, whether it delivers, and what its opening hours are. This allows holidaymakers to plan grocery shopping effectively and gives an indication of how difficult it is to find items that have not been packed. Also ask about the type of items stocked and whether it is possible to source unusual or gourmet foodstuffs. These may have to be packed if they are not available. Ask about farmers' markets and the availability of local specialities for something different on the dinner table.
Make a list of what needs to be included some time before packing day arrives. Bulkier items should be prioritised since space tends to run out well before everything is packed. Everyday consumables, such as toilet paper, and perishable foods, can usually be bought near the cabin or may be supplied by the owner or letting agent.
If self-catering holidays in log cabins are to become a regular occurrence, consider buying storage boxes and camping sets specifically for these breaks. This makes packing much easier and provides peace of mind because everything that is required is packed and ready to go at a moment's notice. eBay sellers offer a wide variety of holiday accessories and equipment at competitive prices.