Clothes at the Cottage
Wearing the proper clothing is essential for enjoying time at a cabin. Here is a list of the all-weather gear and bug-proof clothes you need.
What are the best clothes to take to a friend’s cottage for the weekend?
Deciding what to wear when you go to a cottage can be a tough decision, and choosing the best clothes will make the weekend more enjoyable. Cottage weather can be volatile. Be prepared and take clothing for all conditions, especially in the spring and fall.
Preparing for a variety of weather conditions is one thing, but you must also consider your cottage activities and the presence of flying insects, spiders, ticks, and other critters.
Don’t assume the cabin owners will have extra clothes for all the guests. While there may be a spare raincoat or pair of boots, storage space is always an issue and many cottagers only keep enough clothing for the immediate family.
In the spring and fall, make sure everyone has a hat, gloves, scarf and enough layers to get through an unexpected cold spell. The weather forecasts are just as unreliable in cottage country as they are in the city. At the lake, the temperature can easily drop 20 degrees in a matter of hours.
Good quality rain gear from head to toe allows you to enjoy the outdoors in any weather at the cottage. Rubber boots that will endure rough terrain are a smart investment. If you plan to get a lot of use out of your rain wear, spend a bit of extra money to buy the high-end stuff.
Wind breakers make all the difference for a comfortable boat ride. You would be surprised how easily a nice day turns into a very unpleasant boat trip if you don’t have clothes to block the wind. Glasses are also important for protecting your eyes from insects, water spray, and rain or hail when riding in a boat.
Sun and bugs
Long-sleeve shirts and comfortable pants are ideal when the bugs are biting even if the sun is shining. Look for shirts with built-in bug repellent. When the insects are really bad and you plan to spend a significant amount of time outside, you will want to be fully covered.
Loose shirts are better than tight ones. Deer flies and mosquitoes will bite through tight fitting clothes that are too thin. While you may prefer to show off your figure in the city, it is more comfortable to be a bit modest at the lake.
Light Pants are comfortable and also a good ideas for battling insects and blocking the sun. Unless you are a die-hard cottager, you don’t want to be spending too much time outdoors in your shorts, unless it is very early in the spring or during the autumn months when there are few insects around.
Steel-toe boots should always be worn when operating lawnmowers, trimmers, chainsaws, or chopping wood. If you are going to visit a friend’s cabin it is worth the investment to get some proper work boots. It would be a nice gesture to help out with some of the maintenance work while you are a guest.
Wear high-quality hiking boots when exploring the forest around the cottage. You don’t want to turn an ankle on a tree root because you didn’t have the proper footwear.
Mesh Hats, Suits and Bug Repellent Spray
Consider buying a head net or even a full-body mesh suit to keep the bugs away if you visit a cottage from early spring through the end of July. This is especially useful if you are planning to explore the surrounding woods.
Insects are normally less intense in August and are all but gone by September.
Leather work gloves are a must when gardening, clearing brush or carrying firewood. Why suffer the irritations of blisters, slivers, insect bites, and poison ivy when they can be prevented? Work gloves are probably your best value for the money you spend.