When you book a cosy cottage stay with Airbnb you want to make sure it’s exactly that: cosy, comfortable and relaxing. Here’s your Airbnb packing list for your next break…
1) Slippers. I’ve forgotten slippers in the past and seriously regretted it. A lot of Airbnb cottages take a while to warm up, have stone floors, or are set on a remote thermostat that you can’t change, so having a fluffy pair of slippers to pad around in makes all the difference. Trust me.
2) An HDMI adapter so you can watch Netflix on the TV instead of on your laptop. I’m not a tech person at all but bringing this made such a difference. We watched back-to-back episodes of The Crown at the last Airbnb stay in Pitlochry and it was just so lovely and relaxing after a long walk in the cold outside.
“Having a fluffy pair of slippers to pad around in makes all the difference, trust me.”
3) Your favourite hot drink. You’ll usually find basics in the cupboards but if you’re a proper tea jenny like me (I usually get through at least five cups a day) then definitely bring your own. For me that meant bringing a bumper box of Yorkshire Tea, for you it might mean packing your favourite coffee or a tub of hot chocolate. Don’t forget the marshmallows.
4) An extra bag of firewood. If you’re anything like me you definitely want an Airbnb with a wood burning stove, because there isn’t anything much better than watching the flames while you cosy up on the couch. Stock up on an extra bag on the way so you don’t have to spend the whole time fretting about using it all up, because that’s not relaxing at all.
“Bring your tupperware so you can curl up with home-cooked curry and not have to go out when it’s dark and freezing cold outside.”
5) A blanket. As mentioned above, there’s nothing nicer than curling up on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea, and a blanket. There might be some there already but bring your own, especially if you’ve got a fluffy dog with you who tends to leave hair everywhere.
6) Home-made freezer food in a tupperware box. The last time we stayed in an Airbnb we didn’t go out for dinner at all – we heated up home-cooked curry and ate it with poppadoms and mango chutney and it was delicious. Yes, sometimes it’s lovely to go out and see what the local restaurants have to offer, but when it’s dark and freezing cold it’s also really nice to curl up and not have to go anywhere. It’s my go-to thing to do on the first night at an Airbnb when you’re arriving late and haven’t got your bearings yet.
7) An extension plug. What do you need that for, you might ask? Well, I’ve found in many of these country cottages that there are never plug sockets where you need them to be. If you want to cosy up on the couch or in bed with your phone or kindle on charge then the only way to do it is to have an adapter packed in your suitcase. Boring but necessary!
8) Extra pairs of socks. I’m sure you’re quite aware that it rains in Scotland a LOT and so more socks than you need are essential for any holiday in Scotland. The last break I took was to Pitlochry and we did white water rafting as well as some long walks with dubious weather, which you can read more about here. But the point is this: not enough socks equals cold feet, and that’s not a good thing during any holiday in autumn/winter time.
9) Portable snacks and a flask. Walks can be long and tiring, and if you want to pep yourself up after a long hike in the countryside then you need some snacks that you can bring with you. Mini packs of oatcakes, cereal bars, a banana, and a flask of hot tea will all do a great job of reviving you.
10) Your own toiletries and shower stuff. I know that most airbnbs will have sample sizes of shower gel and shampoo and conditioner for your use, but there’s something to be said for having your own. Taking a hot shower after tramping through the Scottish countryside is always a wonderful experience, and having your own products makes it even more so.