What to Pack for the Cottage


By Francesca Brunsden, Social Media Manager, and Mom

With cottage season underway, it's an exciting time to get away from the city. Visiting a cottage is the perfect summer vacation option for parents with small kids or babies.

Packing for your cottage getaway can be a real challenge. It's particularly difficult when you're not sure exactly what is available at your rental unit or what you left at your own cottage from last season. Here are some must-haves from my own cottage packing list. 


Poppys Collection OVer Baby Cover
A baby cover for cozy naps on the beach walks along the boardwalk with the stroller, and a little extra privacy while breastfeeding. The Poppys Collection OVer is small and versatile. A must-have for all traveling parents.

Poppys Collection Tiba + Marl RAF Holdall The Weekender Bag Cottage Packing List

The perfect baby bag for travel. This Tiba + Marl bag has enough space for the whole family's essentials. It comes with a matching luxury padded changing mat, insulated bottle holder, smartphone pocket, removable clutch and two metal D-rings for hanging from the stroller. It's practical without compromising style - perfect for the beach, going for brunch, shopping or heading to the gym. It's really the ideal bag for a cottage weekend away.

Poppys Collection The Sun Hat Rockahula Kids Globetrotter Bonnet Cottage Packing List

Even if your cottage isn't on the equator, we all know how important it is to keep our littles protect from the harmful rays of the sun. The bold Globetrotter Sun Hat by Little Hotdog Watson features UPF50+, a fashion-forward leopard print pattern, and a cute bow in the back. It's also coated with a clever built-in mosquito repellant.

The Goldilocks fabric keeps your child's head the perfect temperature. The handy Velcro fastened chin strap on sizes up to age 3 keeping even the wriggliest kiddo protected. And it's completely machine washable. Bonus!

Poppys Collection The Sunglasses Sons and Daughters Eyewear

The only thing more important than protecting your baby's skin is protecting their little eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Well, why not do it in style? Vancouver-based Sons and Daughters Eyewear has a selection of uber trendy and fun frames to choose from.
These designer sunnies come with high contrast, polarized TAC 1.1mm shatter-proof lenses with superior quality REVO coating. They have 100% UVA/B protection from the sun and are RX-able prescription lens ready. And they're made right here in Canada. 


Poppys Collection Quut Beach Toys Cottage Packing List

There's nothing better than spending a day at the beach, digging sand castles and playing in the water. Unfortunately, most beach toys these days don't last. Their bucket handle will break as they fill it with water and their shovel will snap as they dig a moat. The designers at the Belgian toy company Quut think that's ridiculous! So they'll build toys that are unbelievably fun and they last... season after season. Let's face it, if your kids are happy, everyone is happy!

Poppys Collection Louise Misha Pyjamas Cottage Packing List

I don't know how many time I've forgotten to pack my kid's pajamas. Be sure you don't make the same mistake! Make it easier to remember by investing in special cottage pajamas, perfect for any bedtime adventure. These sets are so cute you won’t mind if they're still wearing them the next day! 

Whatever you take to the cottage this season, I hope you have a great time with your whole family. If you happen to be in Muskoka, be sure to check out our summer-long Container Boutique at Summer Water Sports in Minett. If you do forget anything important, we’ll have everything you need.

About the Author 

Poppys Collection Francesca Brunsden Social Media Manager and Mother with son BodieTwitter: @wethemamas  Instagram@wethemamas  Facebook: @wethemamas  Francesca Brunsden is a transplanted Brit, a hairstylist-turned-entrepreneur, a queen crafter, and one social mama. Her network boasts some of the most highly connected millennial moms in with a reach of 2.5 million followers and growing. Her social media management skills are unparalleled: whether it's making compelling Instagram stories and posts, beating the latest iteration of social media algorithm into submission, or building personal and long-term relationships with customers and influencers. Francesca has perfected the brand voice that connects with millennial moms where they are at least 8 hours every day, online.

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