3 Must-Haves For Your Cabin Trips This Summer

3 Must-Haves For Your Cabin Trips This Summer

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Sharee
Picture of a lake in northern Minnesota.

Time to head up north! WOO-HOO!

So many great memories are made during the summer. We take long breaks from work and school and enjoy long weekends at the cabin where we have bonfires and fun days at the lake.

There’s a lot of packing to do before the road trip and it’s easy to forget things. Here are some must-have items to remember for a safe trip to the cabin or any day you spend in nature:

Sunscreen

It only takes 15 minutes to get a sunburn if you’re not using sunscreen. Always use broad-spectrum suntan lotion with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Despite what the labels might say, no sunscreen is completely waterproof. If your little bug is enjoying a day in the lake, re-apply the sunscreen after about 40 minutes.

If your baby is younger than 6 months, avoid sunscreen in favor of shade if possible. When it’s hard to find shade, use a small amount of sunscreen containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to avoid skin irritation. Learn more about infant sun protection here.

Insect Repellent

Mosquitos enjoy spending the day at the lake just as much as we do! Unfortunately, these little things like to bite, and that leads to itchy skin and even diseases such as malaria.

Keeping the skin covered in buggy areas is the best option, but you should also pack some insect repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET. For little ones that never sit still while you try and apply the spray, there are insect repellent wipes available.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications

No matter how safe you are, sometimes the elements end up getting the best of you. Here are some OTC medications to pack for your next cabin trip:

  1. Bee stings: Acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help reduce pain and swelling. Name-brand versions of these include Tylenol and Advil.
  2. Poison ivy: Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine pills (Not topical antihistamines). The topical creams help heal the rash and antihistamines pills can help reduce itchiness. 
  3. Sunburn: Moisturizers that contain aloe vera or soy help soothe sunburned skin.

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