A mountain cabin can definitely be a haven for you within the woods but it takes plenty of work and innovation to design one, maintain it and keep it ready for any emergencies or even minor mishaps. Focus on the elements of your mountain cabin that might easily break or need attention, as well as your own needs should you have to stay there for longer than anticipated.
The best way to be sure is to have everything you could possibly need ready, so you can enjoy your time at your mountain cabin in peace and with confidence.
1. Tools: There are many items and sections that can break inside a mountain cabin, as it is in itself a smaller version of a house (or in some cases the same size). Have a basic set of hand tools and power tools ready. This can include hammers, chainsaws, nails, flashlights, wrenches and even drills. Nowadays, you can get even large tools such as hammers and chainsaws for sale online, so you can save time and effort. Keep a spare set in your mountain cabin or if possible bring the tools yourself whenever you visit.
2. Generator/Solar Power Source: In the mountains, while electricity supply could be steady, weather conditions can get extreme very quickly and sometimes randomly. Therefore, there is still a much larger chance of losing electricity in the country than it does where you live (unless you also live in the country). Generally isolated areas have the bigger risk. Have a generator in stock or even better, solar panels installed into your mountain cabin or near it so that you will always have a supply of electricity.
3. Non-Electrical Appliances: If by chance you do lose electricity or have very minimal supply of it available to you, you will thank yourself when you still have many appliances in your mountain cabin that function without needing electricity. Appliances like small washing machines that function with pedalling, a manual coffee grinder and hand-crank blenders can be very useful. Should there be an emergency you can still have your essentials, especially food, available for at least a little while.
4. Warmers: Whether you may not have enough electricity supply or prefer to conserve your energy usage, you can always keep warm in a country mountain cabin if you know how to be economical about it. Stock warm, fleece materials, or even self-activated hand and body warmers that will last many hours so you can have a constant heat source without needing power. The last thing you would want is to get sick during a comfortable stay in your mountain cabin.
5: Water Supply: Have a reliable water tank or at least a rainwater system that can act as an emergency or extra water supply when you need it. Mountain cabins are usually self-sustaining and are far from other civilised areas, so make sure that you will always have a supply of food and water if you need it. Should you want to extend your stay, you won’t have to worry about not having enough supplies in your holiday home.
So that you will truly enjoy your stay at your mountain cabin, make sure to keep these elements in mind and take note of other needs that you may have personally.