Making that winter vacation trip can be a job to prepare for, but the experience will outweigh the preparation if everything is properly organized.
There are a few takeaways that you might first consider in order to get things moving on that winter cabin adventure that you and your friends have planned for half of the year. General upkeep and maintenance of the property should be on your list. This also goes for what you will bring, and things to do along with events while you are there to keep things entertaining. With these things in mind, you will know how to prepare for a winter cabin vacation full of joy and excitement.
Care and Maintenance of the Cabin
Above all else, you will want to have access to your cabin. Whether it is your personal property, a friend’s place, or a rental, make sure that you have the means to access it before winter comes around. Before the trip, make sure to examine the site, much like you would if you were camping for things left behind by people and nature. Getting a clear view will improve what is visible so that everything can be cared for.
You will need to inspect for structural damage to the cabin, top to bottom, and look for air holes to prevent the cold from drafting in or critters to infest your place. You will need plenty of water, so besides packing water, it would behoove you to insulate your pipes and have all appliances flushed and drained before the first frost.
What To Bring for the Trip
Of course, all the typical winter gear is a must.
- Boots and wool socks
- Extra shirts and pants
- Gloves, shades, and lip balm
But what about in the event of an emergency at the cabin?
Because it is a group effort, you might ask someone to bring propane, and someone else can bring a heater or two. Designate someone to bring a fire extinguisher, and have someone else bring a weather radio if you get snowed in. Food will be essential, so everyone needs to bring their own food.
But it would be wise to contribute to a group share, and that way everyone can keep going longer. With that, you can plan your meals while you are gone.
Make plans, so you can be sure to have a great experience that you can remember for years to come. Making a checklist of your to-dos might be something that you think about. Find out what is happening local to your travel destination for the year so that you can plan around when you get there to know what will be happening continually. Along with this, it would be wise to keep up to date with the weather in the location that you are planning to stay. Last, make sure the reviews line up.
If you want to make memories, it’s going to take some work to see the payoff that comes from proper planning. Having the knowledge and skillset to get the job done does not have to be a one-person job either. Remember that this is a group trip, so duties can be alternated and spread out individually or in pairs. Keep these things in mind will help you in your journey to know how to prepare for a winter cabin vacation for a lifetime worth of wonderful memories.