After a long day of leaf-peeping, snowshoeing or hitting the slopes, there’s no better way to wind down than warming up in a cozy cabin. Here’s our list of everything you need to stay toasty and happy during your next cabin adventure.
Leave the cold feet to those unsure about the altar and pack a pair of ThermoBall Traction Booties from The North Face (TNF) for your next cabin-cozy escape. Made with proprietary ThermoBall Eco synthetic insulation, which offers the warmth equivalent to 600-fill-power goose down, these puffy-inspired slip-ons are sure to keep your little piggies warm. The durable and fully recycled ripstop PET uppers feature a non-PFC DWR finish, so they’re great for camping trips too. Alas, the high-traction rubber outsoles (made with 20% recycled rubber) mean you can’t recreate Tom Cruise’s Risky Business dance solo, but you just might be inspired to belt out his Top Gun duet, “Goodness gracious, great (Thermo)Balls of fire!” $55-$69
Available in three holly-jolly colorways, the Teca Fleece Scarf from Cotopaxi would certainly look dashing paired with an old top hat and two eyes made out of coal. (And just think how well the orange tint will bring out the color of the nose!) On the other hand, Frosty may not fully appreciate the recycled polyester and repurposed taffeta (complete with a durable water-repellent finish) and oh-so-snuggly fleece hand. Better save this scarf for your favorite snowman-maker instead. $30
The Vuori Ponto Performance Pants for men and Vuori Performance Jogger Pants for women are the must-have pants if you want to up your cabin-lounging game. The moisture-wicking, breathable fabric makes it ideal for both outdoor or indoor activities. So soft they feel like a second skin, and with a drawstring elastic waist for added comfort, you can practically live in these pants. $94-$98
If you’re looking for a versatile base layer, the Icebreaker 200 Oasis Crew checks all the boxes. The perfect combination of style and comfort, it’s suitable for snow days or any other activity. The merino wool fabric is lightweight yet provides exceptional warmth, making it a great option for layering. The updated version now includes underarm gussets for added ease of mobility. $105
REI Co-op Trailsmith Fleece Jacket (Women’s, Women’s 1X-3X, Men’s, Kids’ & Toddlers’)
No lineup of cabin apparel is complete without a fleece topper. Our pick is the relaxed fit Trailsmith Fleece Jacket from REI Co-op. Sure, we’re biased when we call this durable, breathable, fast-drying zip-up—complete with legit throw-back flair (it’s taken from our 1992 catalog) and 80% post-consumer recycled content—an excellent choice. But don’t just take our word for it. “Nice styling, nice fit, warm for the weight of the fleece, and a soft feel to it,” reads one customer review. Another digs the “old-style fuzzy look and feel.” In short: “This is the coziest, softest, best jacket ever.” $39.95-$89.95
Fashion meets function in this ultra-hip, color-blocked down hooded jacket. Designed to ensure your core and hands stay warm, the Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Jacket is made with 800-fill-power goose down and has two zippered pockets. Elastic around the hood, hem and cuffs keep the heat in and the cold out. Stow the 14-ounce packet in its pocket for the ultimate packable tote and you’ll have it ready to go when the weather changes. $295
Equally as important as a good pair of shoes is a toasty pair of socks. The Smartwool Classic Mountaineer Crew Socks are proof that your feet can have it all, too. The thickest and warmest socks in the Smartwool lineup, these cozies provide maximum warmth. They have an elasticized arch and flat-knit toe seam to ensure your feet will be comfortable whether you’re planning a fall hike, relaxing around the cabin or curling up under a blanket. $26
Since the REI Co-op Flannel/Fleece Blanket is made with 100% cotton flannel on one side and 100% microfleece on the other, there’s no need to choose between your two favorite winter-worthy fabrics. Reviewers love that it’s durable enough for the campsite (and easy to throw in the washing machine post-adventure), but chic and soft enough for everyday use at home. The best part: Buying this blanket supports a good cause with 10% of sales going to the REI Cooperative Action Fund, which supports nonprofits that promote justice, equity and belonging in the outdoors. $59.95
Tired of mindless games of War and Slapjack? Bring along the Backpack Cribbage set instead. Outside Inside’s take on the classic board features the standard three tracks and conveniently folds in two, but the interior is hollow, allowing for card and peg storage (both included) within the board itself. The whole kit and caboodle clocks in at just 7.3 ounces, making this handy kit suitable for car camping and backpacking alike. $17.95
Safety first. A portable light source like the Black Diamond Moji + Lantern can add backup lighting and ambiance to any cabin stay. Durable yet bright, with 150 lumens and adjustable brightness, it provides the perfect amount of illumination whether you need to find your way in the dark or read a book in bed. The included hooks also make it easy to hang anywhere. $29.95
The Stanley Quencher is the darling of drinking vessels—and it’s easy to see why. This stainless steel tumbler with double-wall vacuum insulation holds a lot of water and keeps drinks cold for hours. An ergonomic handle makes for easy carry, and the tapered bottom means the bottle fits into many cupholders despite its hefty size. It’s available in 13 dreamy hues like jade, rose quartz and cream to match your outfit or mood. $45.
No cabin stay is complete without music and the JBL Clip 4 speaker is a portable musical companion. At just over 5” in height, this compact speaker still delivers deep bass and rich sounds. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to easily connect your phone or tablet, so your favorite playlist or podcast goes where you go. And with up to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge and a built-in carabiner, tunes can tag along with you on any adventure. Even water activities are no challenge since it’s waterproof up to a meter. $79.95
One of the best camping traditions is sitting around a fire telling scary stories about things that go bump in the night. Bring the fun inside and let the podcast Campfire Monsters do the work for you. Writer and host Weston Davis uses rich testimony and storytelling to explore the tales of legendary creatures like The Jersey Devil and Sasquatch. Gather ’round, turn off the lights, press play, and see who’s brave enough to make it through the podcast. Free. Download here.
Courtney Holden contributed to this piece, which was initially published on Oct. 19, 2021, and has been updated.
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