What to Expect When Cabin Camping

Have you ever wanted to "head to the cabin" for the weekend? These days you don't have to own a cabin in order to go there for a weekend getaway. Instead, head to a campground with cabin camping options.

For beginners, cabin camping is a great introduction to the outdoors. For more experienced campers, cabins are a nice alternative to tents. Basically, you get all the benefits of an outdoor retreat without the hassle of setting up tents or worrying about the weather.

What to Expect

For the most part, cabin camping is very similar to tent camping, with more protection from the elements. You might even think of cabins as hard-shelled tents.

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Cabins range from basic four-walled structures that contain little more than platform beds and mattresses, all the way up to deluxe cabins with electricity, basic kitchen appliances, and sometimes even air conditioning.

That said, even the most deluxe cabins often lack private bathrooms. In most cases, you'll have to use the community bathrooms available at your campground.

Like tent sites, some cabin sites come equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, but it's always best to confirm what's included before you buy firewood or pack marshmallows.

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If fact, before booking your cabin, it's a good idea to read through the amenities listed on the campground details page so that you know what to expect upon arrival.

Don't Forget to Pack Your?

Bedding. Bedding options vary from campground to campground, so it's best to call ahead. Be sure to ask what size the beds are and whether or not you need to bring your own sheets. Some campgrounds provide sheets and pillowcases for a small rental fee but you should always bring extra blankets and pillows. If you want to keep things simple, just throw your sleeping bags on top of the unmade beds.

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