Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the cottage life? Or maybe roughing it camping-style and sleeping outdoors under the stars? The weather is finally coming around. It could be a little better for this time of the year, but we’ll take it. Am I right??
It’s the beginning of cottage/camping season. It’s a time when everyone heads to their cottages. It’s a time when we open up the doors to that peaceful and secluded little house in the forest and let it breathe again. We need to let in the sunshine once again and bring light into the hibernated cottage. Ahh cottage life!!!
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Some people have cottages weather-proofed year-round. Unlike us. I had a family cottage growing up. It was the most peaceful place to be in the summer. All you heard in the bay was the occasional motorboat during the day pulling excited children on inner tubes or water skis. That was a joy to hear. It is the sounds of summer.
In the fall, when it was time to close up the cottage for the winter, we would have to pack everything that could not withstand the cold winter months. That was pretty much everything. So, in the spring my mom would have to make a list of all the things we needed to buy or bring to the cottage.
I have created, for you, a list of all the things you will need to buy or take to the cottage or even if you are going out camping. I also made a list for all the adventurous people who love to go camping in a tent. It’s not too different. The only difference is that camping is outdoors and there may be a few extra items to take along with you.
If you are new to the cottage life, here are a few tips on how to cope with cottage life:
7 TIPS ON LIVING THE COTTAGE LIFE:
- Water – should be shut off when you’re not at your cottage for a long period of time. When you come to the cottage from the winter hibernation let the water run outside and inside.
- Life Jackets – make sure you have plenty of life jackets for your kids and any visitors who are not strong swimmers. Very important. And make sure an adult or a good swimmer is always on the dock, especially when children are there. When my son was about a year or two, he always had a lifejacket on when he was outside, and someone was always watching him because he was fearless and thought he could walk on water.
- Insects – be prepared with a bug spray or any kind of ointment for bug bites. Depending on where you are in the country or world, there are different types of pesky insects. The ones that affected us would have a bad stinger . . . horseflies, dragonflies, mosquitos, black flies. To name a few. They were evil. LOL !!! They would bite you even when you were in the water. And oh so itchy.
- Sun Tan Lotion – make sure you have plenty of suntan lotion. Even if it’s windy and hazy, you will still stand a chance at getting burned.
- After-sun lotion – and if you do get sunburned, have a soothing lotion close by.
- Tylenol/Advil – just in case you get too much sun. Make sure you have your medication with you. You never know when you will need it.
- Closed Doors – make sure when you are entering and exiting the cottage to close the door quickly behind you. This is especially for the mosquitos at night. You do not want them buzzing around your ears when you are trying to sleep. It will drive you nuts. 😊 And another reason, you don’t want little critters entering your cottage. So be careful when you are bringing in all your belongings to keep the doors CLOSED. Trust me on this.
I hope you have an awesome summer. Make sure you download my checklists here and be prepared for your trip to the lake.