There are many things that you might not think of to bring to the cottage. With its ever-changing weather and abundance of bugs, visiting Cottage Country requires some preparation. We’ve all had those moments where you’re halfway to the destination and realize you’ve forgotten some crucial item. This list will help ensure that you can enjoy the beauty of nature while being prepared and comfortable.
It’s easy to forget all about the mosquitos and black flies that will await you when you arrive at the cottage. Avoid irritating bug bites and annoying buzzing by packing:
A Bug Jacket- A jacket made from netting which prevents bugs from biting your skin without being as warm as a regular jacket.
A Bug Zapper- A device that attracts insects using an ultra-violet light and electrocutes them on contact.
Bug Spray/Cream- Bug spray and bug cream are applied to clothing and/or skin to repel insects which in turn, prevents bites.
You might not expect to need sun protection when you’re in the north, but those days at the beach and bike rides on the trails without UV protection can be damaging to your skin. Be sure to keep all the family safe by using:
Sunscreen- Regular sunscreen is great to keep your skin safe, but if you’re planning on going swimming with sunscreen on we recommend using one that’s organic and biodegradable. Some of the ingredients in regular sunscreen can pollute the water and harm wildlife. Badger makes a great sunscreen that is safe for your skin and the environment.
Hats- Baseball caps, floppy hats, and sun visors are all great ways to prevent the sun from damaging the delicate skin on your face. They’re also handy for providing shade over your eyes when you’re lying on the beach and enjoying a good book.
Aloe Vera- If you miss a spot when applying your sunscreen or you forget to reapply after going for a swim in the lake, you may get a sunburn. These painful red spots can be extremely irritating and damaging to your skin. Applying Aloe Vera to a burn can soothe the pain and help it heal quicker. Aloe Vera- or as my family calls it, “itchy cream”- can also help remove the irritation from bug bites!
There are many unexpected life savers that you might not remember to throw in with your bathing suit and sandals. In the summer, cottage country weather can be as high as thirty or as low as zero degrees Celsius. Be ready for anything by bringing:
Layers- Nights in the north can be fairly chilly. Sweaters and jackets will keep you warm on cold and damp nights.
Lightweight long pants and shirts- Long sleeved shirts and long pants are extremely helpful for protection from mosquitos and sunburns.
Umbrella- This is an easily forgettable item on the checklist, but it will quickly become your greatest asset when the rain starts to pour.
Now that the bags are packed and you’re ready to hit the road, enjoy your time in beautiful Muskoka Parry Sound.
By Megan Fincham