Primitive tent camping isn’t for everyone, but the great outdoors can be. If you want to experience the joys of camping but are not all that into tents and limited amenities, then a cozy camping cabin may be just what you need.

What to Expect When Camping in a Cabin

What to Expect When Camping in a Cabin

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Cabin camping can be a great way to introduce someone to the outdoors or even a great getaway for the family as it gives you the “in-nature” feeling, but with more shelter and in many cases, more choices in amenities.

What is excellent about cabin camping is that you generally can get a variety of choices between what type of cabin you’d like ranging from a fundamental four-walled structure to the more luxurious cabins with all the amenities.

What are some of the reasons people pick cabin camping over camping in a tent?

One reason people chose cabin camping is that it tends to be more continent for longer camping trips. While tent camping can be fun, there are only so many nights most people feel comfortable sleeping on the ground and using nature as your washroom. Cabin camping allows not only for longer trips, but as mentioned before, can include beds for sleeping on, and, in some cases, bathrooms, or at least access to public or community bathrooms.

Another reason is the fact that cabins provide more living space for relaxing in. In many cases, cabins are large enough to fit at least a small family, and in other cases, give enough space for even larger groups, meaning you can go not only with your family but maybe bring some friends along!

While space and different amenities are both convincing reasons to give cabin camping a try, the most alluring reason tends to come down to overall comfort, yes staying warm and dry. Cabins offer a more solid shelter to campers, keeping them dry when it rains, and warm when the winds are roaring outside, dropping the temperature to below freezing levels in some areas. Moreover, that’s with even the most basic forms of cabins. Meanwhile, luxury cabins may even offer air conditioning for those extreme heat days!

Cabin Camping Checklist

Depending on the type of cabin you chose for your getaway, there will be some things you’ll want to make sure are on your checklist.

1. Bedding

When cabin camping, many cabins provide some form of cot or bed to sleep on. That being said, you’ll want to bring your own bedding, such as a pillow and sleeping bag or blankets. You’ll want to verify with your campground on what type of bed and other bedding is provided, so you are prepared.

rooms inside a Cabin Camping

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2. Warm Clothing

Not only will you want warm clothing for chillier nights, but you’ll also want to make sure you have extras for hiking and other activities. While some cabins do provide heat, many only provide shelter from the elements, so you’ll still want some warm clothing and extra layers for the cooler nights.

3. Toiletries

Toiletries include anything from towels to toilet paper. With many cabins, at the very least there is a community restroom, and while some may merely be outhouse style, others will include not only bathrooms but showers and sinks with running water so you can clean up and brush your teeth. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure you have some soap, toothpaste and a brush, among other daily care needs.

4. Entertainment

Like tent camping, you’ll want to provide your friends and family some form of entertainment. This is a great time to break out the board games and card games. Monopoly, Apples to Apples, poker, and blackjack would all be great camping options.

Entertainment Inside Cabin Camping

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5. Cooking Supplies

This is simple; you want some dishes, cookware, and silver wear to enjoy your meals. Keep in mind, any dishes you use, you’ll need to clean, so you will want to bring soap and other cleaning supplies to make sure you get everything nice and clean.

Fireplace Cabin Camping

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6. Firewood

Most cabins come with a firepit on site, so you’ll want to make sure you have some firewood to burn while enjoying your time outside. You can bring your own, or in some cases, you’ll want to come prepared to do a little foraging for your firewood. So having a hatchet or the likes on you could be helpful.

Cooking Inside Cabin Camping

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7. Food & Water

This is a no-brainer. You will want to come prepared and stocked up on enough food and water for everyone who will be camping with you. Some cabins come equipped with running water, but you will want to verify this when you make your reservation, so you are not caught without water.

Cabin Camping Can Be for Everyone

While more traditional tent camping may not appeal to everyone, cabin camping can because it supplies campers with so many more comforts and amenities. So whether you are new to camping, or want to enjoy the outdoor life without having to rough it too much, cabin camping can indeed be for everyone.

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