I was recently invited to join a group of friends on a trip to Wales for a 4 night break. I’ve never stayed in a log cabin before so I was unsure what to expect or what to bring. We drove down from Scotland so for the five hour journey I knew we’d need some drinks and snacks, then when we got there we had a self-catering lodge so I wasn’t sure how well equipped it would be. Would I need a pillow? Did they provide cleaning stuff? Should we have packed the hoover? These are all questions I had and as four us were travelling down in one car as part of our friends convoy I knew we didn’t have much room for everything in my kitchen cupboards. We booked our cabin through the website hotels.com, here is an exclusive hotels.com discount for you.
We eventually arrived at the cabin near Colwyn Bay at about 4pm on a Friday night. As we walked in I felt a bit nervous that I hadn’t brought the right things. But luckily it turns out I was spot on in my decision making. So for anyone heading down to the land of leeks and dragons here is a list of essential items you should take:
Plan your clothing choices carefully. Depending on the time of year make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions. We’re talking wellies, jumpers, vest tops and if your cabin includes a hot tub you’ll swimwear and a bath robe. You’ll need a raincoat or suitable outerwear and walking boots for a woodland environment.
Most cabins won’t have any free miniatures of shampoo or soap so remember to take your own. Just remember it’s like your own home so you’ll need toothpaste, lotions and scrubs. If there’s a group of you why not buy large size toiletries and share them?
We had quite a long journey down to the cabin so we couldn’t buy perishable food before we left. I done a shop for dry goods, juice and beer to bring down and share amongst our housemates. Everyone brought crisps, beer, vodka and things that wouldn’t go off during the journey. When we were about one hour away from the cabin we stopped off at a Tesco and got some fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and milk so we could stick in the fridge as soon as we got there. If you had a lesser journey you could prepare some food at home and put it in containers or a freezer bag.
Your cabin may have one of these, but don’t take the risk. Most cabins are in estates that are pretty far spread out and have no street lights or proper outdoor lighting. Play it safe and invest in a few good quality torches that will fit in your handbag but also light the way for you getting home at night.
Don’t get caught out when you step out of the shower! Our cabin wasn’t serviced to the extent of supplying towels so check before you go. You’ll need enough towels to last your stay and one extra in case you go paddling on the beach so take some nice fluffy ones of out your wardrobe.
For those clammy summer nights, there’s nothing better than getting everyone around a campfire and enjoying some drinks and food with music playing through someone’s ipod speakers. A disposable barbecue is a must for the occasion – they are not expensive and can hold a good quantity of hot dogs and burgers for a small group.