We’re facing another summer where people are itching to get away after another year of the pandemic. Filling up your gas tank, however, can cost as much as a car payment so many people are opting for local travel, with renting cottages up north being in high demand. I am one of the many who are cottage-bound and am looking forward to getting away in a few weeks time. I have already made a list of what I am bringing. Here are some of my fun essentials to take to the cottage this summer.
Last year, when I was at a cottage on Balsam Lake, I forgot to bring a long pair of pants! Fortunately, my brother had brought a pair of sweatpants with him that he lent to me. These came in handy while sitting outside at night as there were a lot of mosquitos clamouring around me. So this year, my essentials to take to the cottage include a comfortable pair of sweatpants and I found them in The Seaside Relaxed Sweatpants by Hudson North in Natural. Hudson North is Hudson’s Bay own brand and the quality is excellent. Made from 100% cotton, these sweatpants are so comfy, I never want to take them off. Plus, the super trendy colour (Natural) is a slightly off-white that goes beautifully with this season’s muted-colour t-shirts. I love that there is an elasticized cuff at the ankle because this keeps those pesky mosquitoes from biting your legs. They are also affordable at $60 and I believe they are on sale now.
I have a “no heels allowed at the cottage” policy (for me at least lol) so bringing a fun pair of casual shoes is a must! These Jefferson Print in Orange Tie Dye, $68, from Native Shoes fit the bill perfectly! The orange/yellow/turquoise/blue print goes with many of my t-shirts and these slip-on shoes are super comfortable and light to wear! Native Shoes strive to offer a light eco-footprint and they do this through the EVA construction of their shoes. The Jefferson Print shoes are fun items to take to the cottage, whether you are going for a country walk, into town for groceries, sitting on the dock with a beverage 😉 or roasting s’mores by the fire. You can purchase Native Shoes online or at Sporting Life, MEC, Nordstrom and Food Locker.
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Does the heat, humidity and sun do a number on your hair like it does on mine? Then essentials to take to the cottage must include a good shampoo and conditioner. I recommend Biolage HydraSource Shampoo, Detangling Solution and All-In-One Coconut Infusion. All that swimming and sitting in the sun can really dry your hair out! With hydrating ingredients from the aloe plant, HydraSource Shampoo restores the moisture to my hair and gives it a gentle clean. Paraben-free, HydraSource Shampoo is good for use on my colour-treated hair. HydraSource Detangling Solution conditions my hair, which is not only dry, but is fine and tangles easily. My hair has never felt better after using both of these products. Humidity + my hair = Frizz City! I use just a few sprays of All-In-One Coconut Infusion and it beautifully tames my hair. Purchase Biolage HydraSource Shampoo, Detangling Solution and All-In-One Coconut Infusion online.
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Being exposed to strong sunlight at the cottage (*fingers crossed it doesn’t rain), you will need a surefire sunscreen to keep UV rays at bay. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 has got your skin covered! They aren’t kidding when they say it has a “weightless finish”. This mineral sunscreen is so light when applied to your skin, you really won’t know you’re wearing it. Since it is an SPF 50, you’ll be able to wear it to protect against UVA/UVB for 2 hours. It’s especially good for oily and sensitive skin – I have the latter! Purchase SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 ($50 for 50 ml/1.7 fl. oz.) online.
If you love to read like I do, you’ll definitely want to ensure that you have a good novel packed for the cottage. In Mad Honey by Katie Welch, the protagonist Melissa Makepeace operates a farm in Lanark County, Ontario with her adopted sister and mother. Melissa’s relationship with her mother, who is on an Eat-Pray-Love-type vacation, is tense at best. Melissa is also disturbed by the fact that her father has been missing for 12 years. On top of that, boyfriend Beck Wise, who is also the head beekeeper at the farm, disappears for three months. When he returns, his explanation is another mystery for Melissa to unravel. Welch’s writing is fluid, concise and beautifully descriptive and the characters are fully developed. I found myself picturing Melissa’s bucolic farm while I read this well-paced story. Mad Honey by Katie Welch is published by Wolsak and Wynn, $22. ISBN: 978-1-989496-52-7
I hope I gave you some good ideas for fun essentials to take to the cottage. Let me know in the comment section what you think about these items.
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