Cabana Packing List: Our Pro Tips for Your First Cabana Trip

When you're getting ready to hit the road, we know packing can seem like a daunting task. What do you bring when you have the ability to go anywhere? How do you know what the journey will bring? You never want to forget the necessities (a toothbrush, a jacket, a phone charger…) but beyond the obvious are the items you may not consider, especially if it’s your first Cabana experience.

How can you possibly know what you’ll need and what will wind up wasting space? Here’s a list to get you started:

The Obvious

We know that you know that you need to pack the essentials, but here are the Cabana specifics:

Don't forget your board! (Photo Credit: Mack Woodruff)

Clothes + Shoes

Are you skiing, swimming, urban exploring? The options are endless, but make sure to pack for your preference, and check the weather. Bring loungewear and slippers for long drives and cozy nights. Keep in mind that destinations like deserts can have large temperature swings from day to night.


You don’t have to worry about packing too many liquids –– shower amenities and hand soap are provided in your Cabana. Pack some sunscreen, possibly bug spray, and the personal amenities you require. There are bath and hand towels in your Cabana, but you might want an extra beach towel to dry off items such as dirty shoes.



In addition to your favorite road trip snacks, plan ahead for the meals you’ll want to cook. Your kitchen comes with the essentials, but for more serious cooking bring a sharp knife and a cutting board. If the weather for your destination could be less than ideal, pack a few ready-to-eat meals you can enjoy without cooking outside.



Two sparkling and two still waters are provided for you. We recommend grabbing at least two gallons of water at your first gas station stop. If you'll be in national parks or more established campsites, you should be able to refill your containers there. If you're headed off-grid, stock up even more.

Of course, pack any other favorite beverages to enjoy with your views. Cans fit nicely in the fridge, and yes, a bottle of wine will fit, too. (Don't forget a bottle opener!) Your Cabana comes with an electric kettle, two mugs, and a few steeped coffees. Bring along tea, hot cocoa mix, or anything else you like to cozy up with.



Wherever your Cabana adventure takes you, it’s sure to be a photo worthy experience, so don’t forget your camera. If you’re posting on Instagram, tag @CabanaVans -- we love to follow along!

Let's get cooking! (Photo Credit: Seattle Insiders)

The Cabana Extras

You might not normally add these items to your packing list, but here’s what we think makes a Cabana feel like a home:

Down time activities

What do you like to do after a long day of adventuring? The table is the perfect size for a card game or small board game, so pack your favorites! Toss in a good book for days on the beach or evenings inside.

A personal jam sesh is another popular choice, so don’t shy away from bringing along a guitar or ukulele. You can play music through the Cabana stereo, but consider bringing a speaker for your time outside -- and download music offline in case you venture out of service.

For a night in, pre-load your latest TV binge or the movie you've been meaning to watch, and pack an HDMI cable to connect your device to the Cabana TV. Your Cabana has cellular WiFi, meaning you'll have a connection where there is T-Mobile service, but most national parks and wilderness areas have spotty service at best.

There's nothing like a good book and a great view (Photo Credit: Phil Lewis)


Campfires and cozy extras

The beauty of traveling with Cabana is the ability to step outside somewhere stunning. A picnic blanket will be a great addition for a day on the beach or a night of stargazing. Camping wine glasses or koozies are a big plus, too.

For your campfire, we recommend buying wood local to your destination, but pack matches and your preferred fire starter. For easy and portable campfires, we love solo stove.

If you like a little extra ambiance, a pack of string lights helps set the scene in or out of the Cabana.

Make your Cabana feel like home (Photo Credit: @womaninmotion)

With all the necessities Cabana has thought of for you, you can save your packing space for the items that really make your stay magical. Check out everything included in a Cabana, and then enjoy your journey!

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