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How to Pack for a Summer Getaway

We get a lot of questions from people wondering how to pack for a Getaway. The best part about Getaway is we have almost everything you need waiting for you in your cabin.

You don’t need to worry about linens, shampoo and conditioner, olive oil and salt, or cooking utensils, and we encourage you to bring as little as possible to truly disconnect.

There are some items, though, that are a nice bonus to have around. We’ve put together a packing list of things you just might want for that summer escape.

Hammock

Just because it’s warm out doesn’t mean you can’t still do nothing. Bring along your hammock so you can enjoy the weather and read a good book or just lay back and relax.

Hat and Sun Protection

We all love being outside in the summer, but it’s important to take care of yourself as well. Don’t forget to grab that hat and sunscreen on the way out the door, so you can stay outside for longer. A good general tip is to try to stay out of direct sunlight from 10-4, as that’s when UV rays are the strongest.

Sun protection isn’t limited to sunscreen though – a good pair of sunglasses will go a long way if you’re looking to spend lots of time outdoors.

Bug Spray

For the indoors folks among us, we don’t need to worry so much about this, but if you’re looking to venture out, bug spray is a must. Mosquitos love this time of year, so in order to avoid those pesky bug bites, keep some bug spray handy.

Outdoor Gear for Your Pup

If you’re looking to get away with your favorite canine friend, don’t forget what they need during the summer. Maybe it’s a portable dog bowl to take with you on your hike, or their favorite outdoor toy. This is also the season where pests are particularly active, so making sure your pup is on a flea and tick medication is essential for their long term health.

Your Sense of Adventure

It’s one of our favorite times to get away – going on long walks on sunny warm days, and cooling off in our air-conditioned cabins. There’s no right or wrong way to get away. All you need is a good sense of adventure and excitement for what’s to come.

With these in hand, you’ll have more than enough to enjoy your stay. Don’t be afraid to hide in bed all day though; we do that every time of year.

A Light Layer

Some of the best moments of a Getaway are spent curled up around a campfire beneath the stars. Make sure to pack a light layer to keep warm while roasting s’mores, swapping stories and lessons, and laughing with those who matter most to you.

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How to Pack for a Spring Getaway

We get a lot of questions from people wondering how to pack for a Getaway. The best part about Getaway is we have almost everything you need waiting for you in your cabin.

You don’t need to worry about bedding, shower stuff, or cooking utensils and we encourage you to bring as little as possible to truly disconnect.

There are some items, though, that are a nice bonus to have around. We’ve put together a packing list of things you just might want for that warmer weather Getaway.

Spring Cabin

A Rainjacket

“April showers, May flowers” is a nice phrase, but we know rain can strike at really any moment, especially in the spring. A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to cozy up inside with a good book and a cup of coffee, but in case you’re feeling adventurous, you might want some rain protection nearby.

Campfire Supplies

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of a fire pit. Don’t forget to bring those extra hot dogs or the ingredients for your favorite campfire chili. If you need some recipe inspiration or some tips for starting your campfire, we’ve got your back.

Light Layers

The sun might be shining during the day, but it still gets a bit chilly at at nighttime, especially near our Outposts. Don’t forget to bring that extra vest or flannel so you can stay outdoors as long as you like.

Bug and Sun Protection

We think spring is the perfect time to head outside, but unfortunately so do the bugs. You might want to throw that bug spray in your bag on your way out the door. While you’re at it, grab the sunscreen too, so you can protect yourself from the bugs and the sun.

A Good Pair of Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Now that the snow has started to melt, it’s a great time to check out that hike you’ve been wanting to do. Don’t forget the right shoes though. With the sporadic spring rain, we recommend a pair you don’t mind getting muddy.

With these in hand, you’ll be more than ready to explore. Don’t be afraid to cozy up and do nothing all day though; we love doing that too.

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How to Pack for a Winter Getaway

When people ask what to pack on a Getaway, our answer is always more or less the same – not much.

Partially because we believe in the importance of focusing on the people and nature around you; partially because we already have a lot of it waiting for you in your cabin.

You’ll never go cold when you’re relaxing in one of our tiny cabins. Every cabin is heated and stocked with extra blankets to bundle up even more. We’ve stocked each tiny cabin with cold-weather essentials like hot chocolate, a fire starter kit, and plenty of indoor activities like books, cards, and games.

See the full list of what’s in our cabins here.

So if you’re the type who just wants to get away to sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered.  But if you’re the adventurous type, excited to hit the hiking trails as soon as you make it to your Outpost – there are a few extra things you’ll definitely want to bring along.

A good pair of boots

Boots

We recommend something waterproof, insulated, and with a high shaft to keep snow out of your socks.

We like these boots from Sorel.

Layers, layers, layers

Layers

It’s always a good idea to dress for a wide range of activity levels as you’ll likely warm up on your hike and cool off when you stop to rest.

We love a fleece half-zip because you can just unzip to let out some body heat versus having to stop and remove layers during your hike.

One of our favorites is this fleece from L.L. Bean.

A light (but warm!) jacket

Jacket

The three have-to-haves of a hiking jacket are: insulating, hooded, and waterproof.

A very reliable option is the Down Sweater from Patagonia.

Gloves

Mittens

Keeping your hands dry and warm during a winter adventure is incredibly important – but your everyday pair of gloves might not cut it!  

We recommend waterproof shell mitts or gloves with insulated liners. Check out these by The North Face.

A hat

Hat

A good way to stay warm without too many bulky layers is to keep your head covered.

Stick with something fleece or wool – try to avoid cotton altogether for every item on this list as it takes forever to dry!  You definitely don’t want to head out on a cold adventure with a wet hat.

We like this wool hat by L.L. Bean.

Snow Scraper

Snow Day

We love it when snow turns Getaway in a winter wonderland, but your car doesn’t. Snow can pileup easily and it’s not always safe to drive with that much snow on top of your vehicle, so throwing a snow scraper in with your things can save you a big headache.

We like this one from Amazon.

Cover these bases and you’ll be more than prepared for any winter weather adventures during your Getaway. For the full list of year-round essentials, check out The Ultimate Getaway Packing List.