10 Things You Didn’t Know You Had to Have for your Cabin

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10 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for your Cabin or Cottage

Gadgets that don’t have a purpose can be fun for a little while, but end up collecting dust.  Some “gadgety” items end up being incredibly practical, efficient items that once you have, you wonder how you ever lived without.  We put our team together to create a list of 10 items that we were a little skeptical about at first, but now think should go on the “must have” list for any cabin or cottage owner.

BLACK+DECKER LLP120B Bare Max Lithium Ion Alligator Lopper Saw

Yes, it looks really cool, but the Lopper Saw is no gadget. Working on managing trees and bushes around a cabin and on trails can be back-breaking work, but with a Lopper Saw it is a piece of cake.  Check that, it is actually sort of fun and cathartic. It runs via a powerful battery, but you will want to get two so you can work without interruption. 
MistyMate 16031 Cool Patio 30 Deluxe Outdoor Misting Kit

You have probably experienced the relief that a misting fan can deliver if you have walked through your local big hardware store’s garden center, or walking through the produce section at your favorite market on a hot summer day when the overhead misters go off. You can easily create that constant relief with this outdoor misting kit.

Readaeer® BamBoo Reading Rest Cookbook Cook Book Stand Holder Bookrest

Being at your cabin or cottage means taking the time for the simple things that we tend to forget how much we enjoyed- like cooking. Cooking with the family or someone special is a great opportunity to bond and to relax. Add the fun of exploring a new recipe together and it is a time for making memories. The cookbook holder is such a common sense, practical item, and once you start using it, you will wonder how you ever went without.

Global Air 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Cooling /Fan with Remote Control in White

Even in relatively cool places in the country, the summer can be brutal out in the country or in the woods without a proper plan for staying cool.  There are many things you can do to manage the temperature in the house, but having a device to at least keep one or two rooms perfectly comfortable is critical. This model meets several criteria: it is powerful, a good price, and even has a remote control. On a particularly hot and humid day, close the doors, draw the blinds and curtains, and let this guy do his thing.

Schumacher SE-1052 50/10/2 Amp Manual Starter/Charger

Don’t ever get in a bind with a dead car / boat / off-road vehicle / snowmobile, etc. when you have this quick charger. It simply plugs in to an outlet, and you charge what needs charging. Once you get this and need to use it once, you will find it is a perfect gift for almost anyone.

Attwood WaterBuster Portable Pump

Water can be the biggest enemy of a cabin or cottage, and when it is in the wrong place, you need to remove it quickly. A lot of water pumps are very hard to move around, and most of the bilge pumps out there need to be wired into an external marine battery which is a pain and a bit scary. This pump runs on standard batteries, and you just set it right in the sitting water, attach it to a garden hose and walk away.

Looker Products Triple Chamber Bat House, Approved by the Organization for Bat Conservation

The first thing any of us tell someone we know that is buying or building a cabin or cottage is to put up a bat house. There is a lot you can do to keep the bugs at bay, but nothing compares to allowing our little bat friends do their work nightly. Environmentalists love these, and for good reason… we need more bats. But it is ok to do it for selfish reasons at well, as once you get a healthy amount of bats in your bat house, your bug problems will be a thing of the past.

Solar Lights Outdoor Motion Sensor

If you are one of the lucky ones, you have a cabin where it is quiet and free of the light pollution of the city.  That means it gets really dark at night and you probably have some critters around that can come around once the sun goes down. This solar-powered, motion detecting external light can provide instant light when you approach the home at night, and will scare away pesky animals.
pH RECHARGE Alkaline Water Ionizer Machine

No matter how efficiently you set up your Water Treatment System at your cabin, that final step can take your water from good to exceptional.  Also, often guests or family members need that comforting visual evidence that the water is safe. This is the king of water purifying pitchers, and the end product is perhaps the best water you have ever tasted.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Amazon Alexa

Ironically, as much as the “smart outlet” craze has taken off, we believe they are far more practical for people with cabins or cottages than for permanent residents. Afterall, if you are at a place most of the time, the value of controlling anything that plugs in is not as great as a place that is empty often and that you come and go. We love these wi-fi outlets because they are easy to set up, you can control them from a free mobile app, and you can also have devices that are plugged in turn on and off on a timer.




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