by Alyssa Joynt
Going on vacation can be stressful. The packing rush, the multiple turn-arounds for forgotten chargers, favourite stuffed animals, and bathing suits, and the constant chimes of “Are we there yet?” from the back seat make getting on the road difficult. That’s why we want to make it easier for you with the perfect cottage packing list. So grab a pen and paper and start taking notes for your need-to-bring list… wait, don’t do that. We’ve done it for you!
Bedding and Towels
The last thing you want to worry about while on vacation is laundry, so it’s a good thing you don’t have to. All of our cottages get full housekeeping service, so your beds will be freshly made (yes, we provide sheets and blankets) and your bathroom is fully equipped with full sets of fluffy towels. It might not be a bad idea to bring your brightest beach towel to decorate your porch railing, though.
The Kitchen Sink
One of the things people like about our cottages is that it gives them the opportunity to cook their own food (and if that isn’t your shtick, you can get all of your food at The Boathouse or even enjoy the comfort of home-made food minus the prep, by ordering from our signature BBQ Menu). We provide the pots and pans, all of the dishware, coffee and a coffee maker, a fridge, a microwave, a toaster, and even an oven and a stove, depending on the cottage you book.
If you are particularly partial to a specialized coffee, or you can’t live without your morning smoothie, bringing your coffee machine or blender might be a good idea. We don’t have a lot of specialized cooking ware, but we do give you the counter space for it!
All cottages also have a barbecue, because what is cottage country without a night spent grilling, drinking a beer, and catching up with family and friends out on your front porch? And don’t worry about packing the kitchen sink – our cottages all have sinks, dish rags, and dish soap to help with the clean up.
So all you need is any food you won’t be eating at our restaurants, and any specialty cookware you can’t live without.
You know what’s also annoying to pack? Hair products. To this day we are still perplexed about how to conveniently travel with something that isn’t quite solid and isn’t quite liquid. With our full housekeeping service comes regular refills of shampoo and conditioner, so unless you have a specialized kind we’ve got you covered! We also provide hair dryers, but I personally prefer the beach-hair-don’t-care look. We also provide soap, so the only supplies from your bathroom that you’ll need are sunscreen, toothbrushes and toothpaste (but if you forget those we have some at the Front Desk!). And maybe makeup and hairspray (but we encourage you to go cottage-chic and throw the hair in a pony, and freshen your complexion with nothing more than your fave sunblock).
We hope you’re looking forward to your vacation almost as much as we are looking forward to having you, and we hope this has helped answer some of your perplexing packing problems. Just remember to pack underwear, bathing suits, sunscreen, and your sense of fun, and of course your camera so you can relive it all when you return to real life.