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  • Writer's pictureNadeen Shaaban

Ultimate Packing Guide for Your Cottage Getaway: Make Every Moment Feel Like Home with Family and Friends!

Updated: Mar 28

Ensuring Your Stay at The Hideaway Feels Like Home

Cottage by the river

Embarking on a family and friends cottage getaway can often evoke a sense of excitement mixed with a tinge of overwhelm. The anticipation of spending quality time with loved ones amidst the serene backdrop of nature is undoubtedly exhilarating. Additionally, the excitement of outdoor adventures, from lakeside picnics to forest hikes, and the need to be adequately prepared for such escapades. However, the nagging question of whether you've packed everything essential to make your stay comfortable and memorable can sometimes cloud the pre-trip euphoria. And so, I have put together a guide to alleviate your worries and streamline the packing process, ensuring you have everything you need to create cherished memories at our cottage retreat.

So, take a deep breath, relax, and let me guide you through the essentials that will transform your cottage getaway into an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones so you can feel right at home!

cottage checklist guide

Essential Packing Checklist for Your Family & Friends Cottage Getaway

Before you start packing, envision your escape to our beautiful cottage. Let's ensure you're prepared for all the fun ahead with this checklist:


  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Body wash

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent

  • Face wash

  • Moisturizer

  • Personal hygiene products

  • Hand sanitizer

Clothing for the Outdoors:

  • Casual clothing

  • Swimwear

  • Jackets (rain jacket, windbreaker)

  • Hats and sunglasses

  • Extra layers for cooler evenings

  • Pajamas

  • Hiking gear if planning outdoor treks


  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Waterproof shoes

  • Sandals or flip-flops

  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers for outdoor activities

Beach Essentials:

  • Beach towels

  • Beach umbrella or shade tent

  • Beach toys (buckets, shovels, frisbee)

  • Cooler for snacks and drinks

  • Beach chairs or blankets

Packing for Children:

  • Diapers and wipes (if applicable)

  • Baby food/formula

  • Extra clothing

  • Favorite toys and books

Medical Essentials:

  • Prescription medications

  • Pain relievers

  • Allergy medication

  • Motion sickness medication (if needed)

  • Thermometer


  • Phone and charger

  • Camera or GoPro for capturing memories

  • Portable speakers for outdoor entertainment

  • Power bank for charging on-the-go


  • Identification (driver's license, passport)

  • Travel insurance information

  • Reservation confirmations

  • Travel Destination Instructions

  • Emergency contacts

Download your FREE Essential Packing Checklist below

Essential Packing Checklist for Your Cottage Getaway
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Don't Worry, We've Got You Covered: The Convenient Amenities of Our Rental Cottage

chalet bathroom

It's completely normal to forget some items when packing for your cottage vacation, but don't worry! Our rental Québec cottage is equipped with a range of amenities to ensure your comfort and convenience throughout your stay.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Towels, bed sheets, and bed linens provided for all guests

  • Soap, toilet paper, and other bathroom essentials stocked for your convenience

  • Extra pillows and blankets for added comfort

  • A well-stocked first aid kit for minor emergencies

  • Blow dryers for your grooming needs

  • High chair for families with infants and toddlers

  • Board games for indoor entertainment

  • BBQ tools for grilling up delicious meals

  • Life Jackets of all sizes including children

  • A fully equipped kitchen ready for preparing large group meals

Click on our About Page for more details on the amenities provided at The Hideaway.

Moreover, our cottage is ideally situated just a 2-minute drive from a Metro grocery store, a pharmacy, a convenient store, and a gas station. So, whether you need to stock up on groceries or grab any essentials you may have forgotten, everything you need is within easy reach.

In conclusion, with this comprehensive packing guide and the convenient amenities offered at our family cottage in Chénéville Québec, your getaway is sure to be stress-free and filled with memorable moments. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure at our cozy retreat.


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