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A Cottage Owner’s Weekend Checklist

A Cottage Owner’s Weekend Checklist

The weekend is finally here, you’re ready to hit the open road and get to the cottage. Before you head out, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessities packed. Here’s a list of some of our must-haves for a weekend at the cottage.


Remember any and all keys you’ll need at the cottage, whether it’s the front door, back door or boat keys – you don’t want to be stuck without them. Consider putting all your cottage keys on one keychain to avoid forgetting or misplacing them, and don’t forget to make duplicates. 


Games are key to a successful weekend at the cottage. Whether it’s board games, lawn games or card games, this is the kind of entertainment that will bring the family together for hours of fun. 

A Cozy Blanket and a Good Book

Nothing says relaxation like curling up under a cozy blanket and reading a good book. Find a comfortable throw that works for you, whether it’s lightweight cotton, super-soft cashmere or warm wool; there’s something for every kind of napper. Now, just make sure to stop by the library before you go to pick up a few good reads for the weekend. 

First Aid Kit

Although most people don’t want to think about something bad happening when they’re at the cottage, it’s important to always be prepared. Make sure you have a first aid kit in the cabin with everything you need in case of an accident. It’s also wise to have a first aid kit in your vehicle. 

Drinking Water

This item is probably one of the most important items on the list, yet it’s often missed or forgotten about when it’s time to pack for the lake. Stop by the store in the city to fill up your water jugs and make sure you have enough to last you for your entire stay. 


The cottage is the perfect place to disconnect from technology, but your phone should still be on and fully charged in case someone needs to get a hold of you or vice versa. It’s easy to forget your charger when packing, which is why we suggest purchasing one that you can leave at the cottage full time. 

Campfire Goodies 

A weekend at the cottage isn’t complete without all the ingredients for a campfire. Be sure to pick up firewood on the way out and all the ingredients for s’mores – because what’s a campfire without s’mores?! 

These are some of our essentials for a weekend at the cabin, we’d love to hear yours! Let us know in the comments below.