How to Pack for Your Cottage Vacation


Vacationing at a cottage is probably one of the greatest ways to enjoy the lazy days of summer. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation everyone should experience a cottage vacation at least once in their lifetime.

Any vacation requires a bit of planning and effort. Cottage vacationing is no different. If you own the cottage there is little that you need to do other than packing your favorite "chill out" clothing and some scrumptious food. You can keep your cottage well-supplied for multiple visits so you don't have to cart items back and forth each time you go there. If you are renting a cottage it gets a little more detailed as to what you should pack.

Before you start packing random items that you think you will need, call the owner of the cottage to find out exactly what they have in the cottage for your use. Some cottage owners supply a vast number of items and some request that you bring your own. Other than your clothing, food, and drinks be sure that you have the items below to make your cottage vacation a great one.

Household Needs

You will want to pack enough sheets, pillowcases, and blankets for the whole family. Bringing your own pillows may make you more comfortable as well. You will want to have enough towels for bathing, the beach, and washing up at the sink. Personal bathroom items, such as towel paper, soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste are also essential. If you are staying for several days you will likely need to do laundry, so be sure to bring your laundry detergent and fabric softener sheets.

Kitchen Supplies

A cottage is generally equipped with the standard appliances, such as a toaster, coffee pot, and microwave. Most cottages also supply you with cups, dishes, and silverware. The items that are generally not available are paper towels, tin foil, garbage bags, storage bags, coffee filters, napkins, dish soap, and dishwasher soap. If you don't want to be bothered cleaning up dishes you may want to bring paper plates and cups with you.

Outdoor Items

When vacationing with all that fresh air around you a cookout or two is usually in your plans. Don't forget to ask about grilling when you speak to the owner. You may need to bring your own supplies. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a first aid kit should not be forgotten when you are packing for this type of vacation.

Sarah Jonae-Ryan has lived in Rochester for more than 30 years. She has several blogs written on a variety of topics.