A cabin in the woods is a dream getaway if you enjoy hunting, walks in the forest or just reading in the quiet. You can have some time of your own, relax and connect with nature.
But leaving your home, away from all the modern comforts, can be a bit worrying. How can you survive in the woods? Here are five essentials that will make your experience better.
1. A Wood Stove
A wood stove is the heart of your cabin. Everything gathers around it. Prepare your morning coffee or tea, cook lunch and dinner, and make yourself feel cosy in the evening with a real fire crackling in the stove bringing warmth and light. Even in the colder seasons staying over night will not be out of your reach.
Do a little research and choose a proper wood stove (check these recommendations) with bricks or stone around it to store the heat for longer. Placing the stove right is also important. It may look nice in a corner but if you want to get the most out of your stove put it in the middle of the building. This way the warmth spreads all over, the cabin is heated much faster and the heat stays longer when it is not escaping through a connection to the outside wall.
2. A Multitool
There are many kinds of multi tools available. For your cabin you should pick one that has an axe included in it.
You will need a knife too as it is one of the most versatile tools there is. So make sure it has one. Even if you don’t do any handcrafts, it will be helpful for opening cans. Add a few more separate tools in your list depending on how much you enjoy working with your hands. But remember that you will definitely need the axe to get the wood for your stove.
3. A Hot Tub
There is nothing is better than having a long relaxing bath after a day spent in nature. Did you know that there are hot tubs with a stove for heating? Or you can also pick a regular tub and use your wood stove to get a warm bath. No need to feel sweaty and dirty just because there is no running water.
4. A Wool Blanket
After your bath make a hot cup of tea and curl under a blanket. Wool is by far the best material if you want to stay warm. Cotton or synthetic materials do not come close. Wool is also easy to care. It can be hand washed in cold water if needed, but usually it is enough to hang it outside to air every now and then.
5. A Hammock
In summer place a hammock outdoors, put on a mosquito net and enjoy the feeling of freedom. In winter take your hammock inside the cabin. It is the best place for reading.
The adventure awaits. Take whatever else you want, but don’t worry too much. With these five essentials, you are well equipped. If your cabin is near a lake or a river, don’t forget the fishing gear!