Whenever I’m planning a trip, I’m drawn to different countries, beach vacations, or city getaways. When the world went on lockdown earlier this year due to coronavirus, any hopes that I had for one of these kinds of trips basically vanished into thin air. The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this pandemic has been camping trips! I’m not the type to stay in a tent for a weekend (props to you if you are!!) but I have been loving cabin getaways. Being secluded in a cabin in the woods is perfect for this time when we’re trying to avoid other people! For me, this has been the best way to travel during COVID-19.
This past weekend I stayed in a little cabin with my family in my home state, Ohio. We were surrounded by forest and didn’t have any touristy attractions around, which made it incredibly easy to social distance from others. This was our third cabin we’ve stayed in since the lockdown started. It’s really great to be able to have a change of scenery without having to travel too far away from home.
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Finding a cabin
We’ve enjoyed finding our cabins on AirBnb because of how easy they are to find and the hosts have always been so helpful. Many of the hosts are taking extra precautions with hosting guests and cleaning thoroughly after each guest checks out. Many of them will give details of what precautions they are taking in the description of their listing. I highly recommend choosing a cabin here instead of visiting campgrounds, which may be full of other visitors and you wouldn’t have as much privacy. You can use my link to get $55 off your first Airbnb.
Tips for planning
- Make a list of everything you need to take on your cabin trip. This will prevent you from forgetting anything important! I like to take a variety of warmer and cooler clothes because you never know how hot or cold your cabin might be. And don’t forget your sunscreen or bug spray!!
- Research the area you’re staying in. Even during COVID, there are plenty of options for activities that are safe. Maybe there’s a park close by that you can explore, or a lake where you can kayak!
- Check the weather. It’s not always accurate, but you can at least get an idea of what to expect. This can be a factor on the dates you choose to go, too.
- Know the amenities offered in your cabin. Many of them have grills, so you could plan a cookout, and you may get lucky and find one with a hot tub! It’s always good to know if you’ll be staying somewhere that has A/C or heat, WiFi, or a fire pit.
My cabin essentials…
- A toiletry bag to keep my toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other small items I’ll need
- Some fun games for entertainment
- A travel sheet set in case your cabin doesn’t provide them
- A cooler to keep any food cold during the drive
- Travel bottles to store shampoo and conditioner to save space
- Firewood to build a campfire
- Marshmallow roasting sticks 🙂
Spending a weekend in a cabin can be such a great way to get out of the house while other traveling is restricted. I have enjoyed all of my cabin trips so much during the quarantine, and can honestly say I think it’s the best way to travel during COVID-19. Have you stayed at any cabins during the past few months? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!