If you’re setting out for camping for the first time, cabin camping is a great way to get started. However, when it comes to packing for camping in a cabin, the process gets a bit different. It doesn’t require any arrangements for pop up canopies or family tents etc. so it’s relatively easy to plan and pack for cabin camping.

The best way that I practice is to list down the things in categories that I can’t skip at all like medicines, food, clothes, shoes, personal care, etc. In parallel, I prepare a list of miscellaneous things that I like to keep to make my trip smoother and happening like books, board games, hammocks, toolkits, etc. Once I have it sorted in front of me, I’m able to process it more efficiently without missing out on any important thing. Even if I do, I manage with what I have and not sweat on it too much.

Here’s my well-sorted packing list of things that I pack for camping in a cabin.

1. Food, Snacks, and Drinks

This is one of the most essential areas that you must focus on and prepare for it in advance. Try taking pre-cooked or semi-cooked food to have it ready on the campsite without any delay. Keep a lot of bottled water, juices, and ready to eat snacks to ensure that your energy level is maintained throughout the trip. Portable coolers will keep your food safe. Also, make sure you have the right cooking and serving utensils, cutlery, rubber gloves, thongs, napkins, and tissue rolls packed before leaving the house. Most importantly, carry the right kind of firewood and cooking coal to fuel up the stove. A gas cylinder is one of the options but I don’t prefer carrying it.

2. Personal Care

From night creams to sunscreens, toiletries to lingerie and towels, hair brush to nail cutters, try keeping everything that you may possibly use on the trip. Pick a smart handy organizer and arrange it for keeping everything in proximity. If you’re a yoga practitioner or like to meditate, roll up your yoga mat too.

3. Clothing and Footwear

You know the season you’re traveling in, arrange your clothes accordingly. However, a raincoat, swimsuit, and umbrella are ‘must-haves’ no matter what season you’re out in. Also, when it comes to choosing a pair of shoes, try to be very vigilant at how it feels more than how it looks. It should be airy, easy-to-wear, lightweight, quick-to-dry, and comfortable. Don’t forget to keep your slip-ons for the morning routine.

4. First Aid

It is important to handle any unforeseeable situation like injury, cut, or mild medical emergency. You can have bandages, alcohol swaps, painkillers, repellents, burn creams, icepacks, glucose, etc.

5. Electronics and Backup Support

Having battery backups and electronics along is critical to ensuring that your outdoor expedition goes smoothly. You can’t go unplanned with all the electronic gadgets like mobile devices, cameras, laptops, drones, book lamps, speakers, flashlights, video games, and many others. In my opinion, I try keeping a generator for heavy items and a few portable batteries to keep everything running and charged throughout the trip.

6. Bedding and Seating

Once you’ve booked a cabin, you know you have got space to arrange your mattresses and portable chairs. On cabin camping, I prefer taking air mattresses with a built-in air pump to keep it hassle-free and quick. You can also carry a mix of both, air mattress and a few sleeping pads to accommodate everyone with you. For outdoor seating arrangements, carry portable canvas chairs with you.

7. Miscellaneous

Ropes, wifi-device, neck pillows, duct tapes, liquid fuel, charcoals, fishing and trekking gears, mini toolkit, hammock, board games, extra garbage bags, umbrellas, and plastic mats are a few things that you must keep to remain equipped at your best.


This is how I list down the things in categories and pack them along. If you’re taking infants or toddlers with you, I’ve outlined some of the main things that you must keep, however you can extend the list for your personalized experience.


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