Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area Cabins

Must have packing list for cabin camping

Are you looking for a list of essential items to pack for your next camping weekend at the cabin?

Each time I go camping or on vacation, I always forget at least one thing. So I’ve learned to enjoy the ride and not sweat the details too much when it comes to packing for a road trip.

I’ve been fortunate to enjoy many getaways across the USA and Canada and with these experiences, I’ve accumulated a fine-tuned camping trip packing list.

My next weekend getaway includes a cabin reservation at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area near Cobb and Highland, WI for myself and a friend and so below, I’m happy to share my cabin camping packing list.

Consider that while staying in a small cabin, most time will be spent enjoying the outdoors. Plan to bring cool and warm weather clothes as well as a rain coat and tarps to cover firewood.

Download the list below.

Must-have cabin camping packing list

Food, Drinks and Snacks

  • beer, wine, liquor
  • Large water jug w/ dispenser
  • S’mores fixins
  • Bread, butter
  • Eggs
  • Cheese, bacon, sausage
  • Brats, buns, mustard, sour kraute
  • Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
  • Coffee and coffee press
  • Nuts, snacks
  • Almond and whole milk
  • Honey or agave or sugar

Personal Supplies

  • Soap, shampoo and towels
  • Bug spray, essential oils, sunscreen
  • Personal toiletries, deodorant, toilet paper, hair brush, toothbrush etc
  • pillows, sheet and sleeping bag
  • Bed pads or pillow top


  • Swimming floaties
  • Swim suits
  • Clothes, boots, shoes and flip flops
  • Bandanna and hats

Camping Supplies

  • Small metal shovel
  • Charcoal for bbq
  • Lighter fluid
  • Grate for fire cooking
  • Leather Fire gloves
  • Lighters, kindling and fire starters
  • Firewood and newspaper
  • Hatchet, hammer and gloves
  • Tarps
  • Camp chair
  • Pie iron
  • Rope for tarps and clothes line
  • Extra stakes for tie-downs
  • Rain coat
  • Lantern, fuel, mantles/wicks
  • Flashlights/headlights
  • First aid kit
  • 12v DC to 120v AC converter to plug into truck cig’ lighter

Misc. Supplies

  • DVD movies and laptop in case of bad weather
  • Bochi-ball, frisbee, drone
  • Guitar w/ music
  • Sunglasses, wallet, money and ID
  • cell phone w/ charger
  • Boom box and music
  • Fishing gear and bucket
  • Scissors

Cooking Supplies

  • Tin foil and baking potatoes
  • Long tongues
  • Gas stove and lp tanks
  • Plates, bowls, coffee mugs and silverware
  • Pocket knife or multi-purpose tool
  • Duct tape and tools
  • Water bottles
  • Spatula, large spoon, shishkabob skewers
  • Flask
  • napkins
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Dish Rags, dish soap, rinsing pan, scrubber
  • Cast iron Pot, skillet and strainer
  • Table clothe w/ thumb tacks or clips
  • Paper towel, rags, trash bags, ziplock bags
  • Cooler w/ ice blocks
  • Cork screw

Cabin Supplies

  • Extension cord and power strip
  • Rice cooker to double as a fast acting crock pot

As a highlight to my upcoming cabin camping weekend, below I’m showing off my favorite media which people have photographed and published Online from Black Hawk Lake in Wisconsin.

Great Views at Black Hawk Lake Rec Area in WI