Post Summary: The Complete Packing List For The Coziest Weekend In!
People often ask us what we bring on weekend trips – especially when it comes to cabin essentials. It CAN be confusing because it’s not camping outside…but it’s not quite home, either.
There’s this happy middle ground of comfort and escape that we’re trying to achieve when staying for the weekend at a cabin.
This is where this list comes in!
Staying at several amazing cabins in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had the chance to test out the best things to bring (and items to leave at home!) to come up with the most comprehensive cabin packing list.
Keep scrolling for our cabin checklist, including everything from slippers to canoes. This is a balanced list of convenience and comfort, perfect for all who want to bring a little more hygge into their lives.
Let’s get started!
The Complete Cabin Packing List (All The Best Items To Bring To A Cabin)
This post is in partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions and writing are our own.
The Basic Cabin Packing List Essentials
No matter where you plan a trip in the Pacific Northwest, there are some travel essentials that will always remain the same. This stays true for your cabin packing list – here are some things to bring to a cabin that will likely never change!
- Toothbrush + Toothpaste
- Underwear & socks
- Skincare (including chapstick and hand lotion), Ursa Major has some perfectly-sized travel kits!
- Possibly shampoo and conditioner
- Brush and hair care items
- Enough pairs of clothes for your stay
- Laundry bag for dirty items
Cabin Reservation Essentials
- Driving Directions (Make sure to download offline maps with these road trip apps to help you navigate without cell service!)
- Access Code or key to the entrance
- Email a friend or family member a copy of your itinerary
- Emergency contact number for the cabin
- First Aid Kit (usually provided!)
Groceries + Kitchen Items
Often, cabin rentals are equipped with basic kitchens – things like a stove, refrigerator, and sink will likely be available. Part of your cabin trip packing list should be to bring all of your favorite groceries for preparing food!
Off-Grid Cabin Note:
If you are renting rustic cabins through the national forest system, make sure to read the description for accurate meal prep and planning.
On our trips to the Idaho backcountry yurts and Burgdorf Hot Springs, we only had a wood-burning stove, and basic pots and pans. We had to collect and dispose of cooking water ourselves, which we were prepared to do. It’s always important to read the full cabin description before you book!
If you visit a cabin without a kitchen (very common in mountain huts and hike-in cabins) make sure to bring your own kitchen utensils, including cookware and mess kits! Read up on our camping hygiene guide to learn how to clean dishes in the backcountry, too. Depending on the place, you can also bring a camping stove and propane, and an extra fire starter to cook meals.
Renting a more rustic cabin? Make sure to pack these kitchen essentials:
- Camping stove
- Propane or butane
- Pots and pans
- Plates, cups, utensils
- Paper towels
- Small dish soap
- Water vessel (we love this portable one!)
Gear For The Weather
When are you planning your cabin trip? Winter? Summer? Your cabin packing list is somewhat determined by the time of year you will be visiting. Here are some specific items to bring during different seasons:
Winter Cabin Trip
A winter cabin trip is the perfect time to stay and relax! Pack an extra cozy pair of slippers, your favorite pajamas, and fuzzy sweaters to lounge around the house. Don’t forget your snow boots and a warm coat, in case the day calls for a spontaneous snowball fight outside!
Spring Cabin Trip
Sturdy rain boots and a rain jacket are a must on a cabin trip in the springtime!
Summer Cabin Trip
Planning a cabin trip in the summer means there will be plenty of time spent outside. Protect yourself with sunscreen and bug spray, and pack water-safe shoes to get in an out of the water (if nearby) with ease.
Fall Cabin Trip
Fall cabin trips are perfect for late-night bonfires and roasting s’mores! Don’t forget to pack a few extra cozy blankets, s’more skewers, and a log carrier to keep the bonfire going all night long.
So now that you’ve got the basic cabin essentials packed (toiletries, reservations, food, weather gear), what else should you be packing? Well, that’s up to you and your ideal cabin aesthetic! Your cabin checklist can vary greatly from person to person, so this is why we’ve created this quiz below.
Take the test to find out what you should add to your cabin packing list. We’re even sharing some recommended PNW rental cabins based on your preferences, and recommending activities, too!
Quiz: Which Is Your Cabin Aesthetic?
Once you finish the test, scroll down to see your answers!
The Hygge Expert
Friend, you know exactly how to relax. No matter the place, you keep things cozy with your welcoming spirit and heart of gold. You love surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy – a hearty, warm kind of joy. Cabins are the perfect time to curl up with a good book, break out that puzzle, or just enjoy some quiet time with your loved one. Your cabin getaway is all about rest and relaxation!
We recommend renting these cozy cabins:
- SkyCabin in Skykomish, WA
- Lakeside Treehouse (Sandpoint, Idaho)
- White A-Frame in Hood River, OR
- Five Pine Lodge (Sisters, OR)
Here’s what you should pack for a cozy cabin weekend:
Your current favorite book
There’s no better time to dive into a good book than when staying at a cabin! Find the comfiest armchair in the house and transport yourself into the world of your book. There are no regrets when you only need to get up and refill your coffee mug!
A big, plush, blanket
Nothing is better than curling up in a fuzzy blanket on the couch. This one by Field & Stream comes in different colors of Buffalo check print, with ultra-soft sherpa material on the other side.
It might be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to be! For optimal enjoyment, choose a pair of fuzzy socks that will keep your toes warm & toasty as you sit next to the fireplace.
Cozy socks need to be complemented with cozy shoes, right? Make sure to get a pair you can easily slip on and off like these fuzzy ones from BEARPAW.
A cardigan sweater
A flowy cardigan sweater is a perfect companion to lazy weekend mornings. This white duster by CALIA has the perfect amount of slouch, and is extra-long to keep your lower half warm, too!
The Early Riser
Ahh, the early riser. Freshly brewed coffee and quiet mornings are your jam. You have no problem putting on a pot of coffee for the group, but you quickly fill up your own mug and sneak outside to soak up the glorious sunrise right on the porch. You are a balanced soul, seeking solitude at times and then coming back to join the others around the table. Getting outside is great, and even better in a small group where you can connect with nature and each other. You will enjoy a cabin with big communal spaces and a lakeside to steal away quiet moments on the dock. Balance is your specialty!
We recommend renting these cabins:
- South Fork Cabin (Baring, WA)
- Riverfront Cabin on Skykomish River (Skykomish, WA)
- Doc Roys Legacy Cabin on Fish Lake (Leavenworth, WA)
Camp Coffee Maker
Are you a fan of camp coffee? A cabin weekend is a perfect time to test out a percolator! Use one like this one from GSI over an open flame or on a camp stove, but more importantly, enjoy every last drop!
One cup of coffee is not enough for you – that’s why you need a giant rambler to sustain you through the entire morning! This YETI 30 oz rambler holds 2.5 regular cups, so you can brew once and sip all morning long.
Basically a socially acceptable blanket, fleece jackets are perfect for sipping your morning tea on the porch. The North Face just came out with their Bay Break line – with three pockets (one zippered) so you can keep your hands free to paddle that canoe or cast a fishing line on the dock.
There is no greater morning activity than a canoe paddle on a calm lake. Dick’s Sporting Goods has tons to choose from, but we personally recommend the Old Town Discovery – it’s on the shorter side for easy transporting, and has a wide base for more stability.
The Forest Dweller
For you, the purpose of renting a cabin is to seek solitude and rest. You want to escape the monotony of everyday life and dwell among the trees, even if its just for a weekend. You enjoy long walks, nearby trails, and napping in your hammock on a warm summer day. If you could sleep under the stars you would, so you are looking for a cabin that connects with as much of the outside world as possible!
We recommend renting these cabins:
- Fern Gully Cabins (Port Renfrew, BC)
- Rustic Log Cabin in Qualicum Beach, BC
- Saul Zaik Treehouse (Portland, OR)
Coffee Mug with Lid
You like to brew your coffee and take it with you on those morning walks, so bring a mug that’s tough enough to keep your drink warm on the trail. This mug by YETI comes in several colors, comes with a lid, and is extra tough.
The cozier the better! The North Face’s Cragmont Fleece Jacket goes all the way down to your knees, which makes it the perfect layer for cold mornings. Consider it a wearable blanket as you enjoy your morning coffee on the deck outside. Cozy, stylish, and functional!
Spend as much time as possible outside – put up a hammock! Whether dozing off or reading your favorite book, there’s so wrong way to spend time in a hammock! Grab a single nest one from Eno, or get a double one so you can snuggle up with your partner.
The Adventure Lover
The only bad part about cabin life is that there are not enough hours in the day! You’re the first one to jump in the lake, research the next hiking trail, or light the bonfire at night. We won’t get you wrong – you love cabin life, but what’s nearby is equally as important as the home itself. The closer to the mountain the better, and that’s why you need to be equipped with gear to get you outside (and keep you outside) all day long!
We recommend renting these cabins with epic adventures nearby:
- No Moose Lodge in Leavenworth, WA (for large groups and tons of hikes nearby)
- Tye Haus A-Frame (Skykomish, WA)
- Crystal Peak Lookout (Fernwood, ID)
Here’s what you should pack for an adventurous cabin weekend:
You need something that’s as tough as you to tackle those challenging day hikes! Hiking in the Pacific Northwest, you need boots that are waterproof as well as durable, so that’s why we like the St. Elias boots by Vasque to get the job done.
A day pack is necessary for those long days out exploring. Pick one that’s a decent size (between 20-30L) to hold all your gear but not weigh you down. We like this one by Osprey for its ergonomic design and several accessible pockets!
Make sure to capture those memorable moments with friends! Read what items we include in our travel photography gear, as well as helpful photography accessories for when we’re shooting outdoors.
Keep yourself hydrated on those long trails! We just recently got this tall, 24 oz Hydro Flask, and love that it’s skinny enough to fit on the side pockets of our backpacks.
Pants With Pockets
It might seem obvious to wear pants with pockets but honestly the more the better! We love these Carhartt Utility leggings for women, because they have front, back, AND side pockets to keep your hands free for climbing and hiking.
The best clothing to own is pieces where style and function collide. That’s where the Levi’s Jean Jacket with a sherpa lining comes in – warm and trendy all in one!
We hope you enjoyed our cabin trip packing list! By listing specific items to enhance your next cozy getaway, we hope you found some new, fun things to pack.
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