5 Things You Don't Want to Forget At Home When You're Going To An Airbnb

5 Things You Don't Want to Forget At Home When You're Going To An Airbnb

Let's face it, camping is not for everyone. In fact, only 24% of Canadians actually spend time camping in tents. With the innovation of short-term rentals such as Airbnb and Vrbo, not to mention private cottage rentals, there are endless possibilities when it comes to spending time away from home. With these accommodations providing everything from full kitchens, bedding, laundry services and even high-speed internet, there are few things you need to worry about bringing.
But you definitely want to make sure you don’t forget these 5 things at home when packing for your next adventure:

Flint fire starter/spark fibre

This is something that I literally never leave the house without. I have a flint firestarter along with some spark fibre from Wolf+Grizzly in my car (for those just in case situations). Many Airbnb’s supply a small amount of paper, wood and even lighters – but if the paper is slightly damp or the lighters are out of fluid, you can still start a fire with these products. The spark fibre is heavily water resistant, so even after a rain or a damp, dewy morning, you will be able to start a fire, guaranteed.

Bug Repellent

Even though the accommodations are often drool worthy, spending time outside is the reason we leave our homes. To get outside, and relax in nature. Whether that is on the dock, the beach, hiking trails or around the campfire. But there is nothing that will chase you inside faster than a swarm of mosquitoes or a gang of black flies. That’s where the Thermacell comes in handy. The scent free, mess free repellent has worked time and time again for me while bear hunting in Northern Ontario and has saved many spring trips to the cottage. They even have rechargable options as well, perfect for leaving at your personal cottage (or heck, even your home!)

Trusty Plaid Flannel

Nothing screams cottage life quite like a Canuck Dinner Jacket. They layer well over literally anything. Whether it’s to warm you up after a post dip in the lake, to get cozy by the fire at night or to slip on as you head into the local brewery, a classic plaid flannel will never go out of style. With colours like green, white, yellow and the classic red – Bear+Fox Apparel has you covered.

Multi Purpose Shoes

When you’re packing for a weekend away, one thing that always seems to be a sticking point is shoes. Do you pack sandals, hiking shoes, rubber boots, or just your trusty old converse? The issue being, living in Canada, the weather can change on a dime. One minute it’s hot and sunny and the next it’s pouring rain. Getting your canvas shoes soaked or worse, your leather sandals can leave you with not only uncomfortable footwear, but stinky feet. Bleh! Native shoes are not only proudly Canadian, but they are washable, odor resistant, shock absorbent, animal by-product free, and waterproof. Perfect for any terrain, weather or adventure.

Solar Powered cell phone charger

Pics or it didn’t happen! But besides that, accidents happen. And although there was a time when we didn’t have mini computers in our pockets or an ambulance at the touch of a finger, the reality is we do now. Bringing a solar charger with you helps to ensure that you are always able to call for help, if your weekend goes a little bit sideways. Don’t forget to download what3words, an app that divides the world into 3 metre squares and gives each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations.

Shit happens, but you don’t have to stand in it. Although when we book vacation time we don’t anticipate emergencies but it’s always better to be looking at the gear than looking for it. Be safe, pack these items to ensure that your time outside is enjoyable and memorable (for all the right reasons).

Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these products before! Or if you have any suggestions that I should add to my travel kit!


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