Cabin vacations are perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. You’re out in the woods with nature, probably don’t have very good cellphone service and are surrounded by some of your favorite people. However, there’s nothing worse than getting to your cabin, settling in and thinking, “Now what?” It’s crucial to start your vacation with a few fun activities in mind.
If you and your friends are planning an outdoor vacation this summer, try some of these exciting things to do:
When you’re out in the woods, you’re further away from the light pollution you’re most likely surrounded by at home. That means the stars will be brighter and sharper than ever before. There are even free star maps online that help you spot popular constellations like the Big Dipper. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see some planets, a galaxy or a shooting star. All you must do is look up.
Play Yard Games
From bocce ball and horse shoes to ladder ball and cornhole, there are a ton of yard games you could bring along to your cabin vacation to keep you entertained. They’re simple to set up and can amuse everyone in your group, no matter how many people you’re traveling with. You could even hold a tournament throughout the entire duration of your trip to see who comes out on top.
If you’re feeling creative, you could get some water balloons and have a water balloon fight. Not only is it a great way to cool off on a hot summer day, but it’s also usually funny, too. There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right?
With more than 10,000 species of birds on the planet, it can be fun to see how many you can spot during your cabin vacation. Before you go, check out what kinds of birds are common in the area and familiarize yourself with them. Take advantage of some of the free guides online, or apps for your phone that help you identify birds and give you fun facts.
If you’re looking for something crafty to do during your trip, what better idea than scrapbooking your adventure? Bring along your scrapbook, a scrapbooking kit, a camera — the one on your smartphone should work — and some stickers. You could also bring a portable photo printer so you can put all of your memories in the book while you’re there.
Geocaching is especially fun if you’re on a trip with your kids — it’s basically a treasure hunt in real life. All you need is the GPS on your smartphone and a desire to adventure. There are cache locations all over the world that you can find based on their zip code, longitude/latitude coordinates or county. The rules are straightforward: take something and leave something. Sometimes, there’s a log book for you to sign so future adventurers will know you were there. Whether your cabin is your vacation spot or you stay there year-round, geocaching is a great hobby to take up at the cabin.
Set up some targets across your cabin’s property and practice your archery skills. If you’re feeling comfortable after a few practice rounds, you could even move up to bow hunting or fishing. Get started with an inexpensive set to make sure you like it first. Of course, make sure you and everyone in your group is completely sober if this is something you’d like to try for the first time.
You’re surrounded by trees and wood, so why not try whittling? Hopefully you already have a pocket knife or some sort of other sharp tool to use, so all you’ll need to do is go outside and grab a branch. Start out with soft wood that doesn’t have any knots. Sit around the campfire or on your front porch and whittle away.
Cabin vacations can result in some of the best memories you and your friends will have, especially if you’re doing fun activities throughout the week rather than sitting around staring at each other. After a day of hiking, biking and swimming, try out some of these exciting things to do, and you’ll come back with a scrapbook full of photos and memories.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.