Packing list for staying in a bungalow
I find that staying in a Bungalow ranks somewhere between sleeping in a tent and staying in an apartment—you have your own private space, cooking facilities, and often your own bathroom. But there are a few things you shouldn’t forget to bring to ensure a comfortable stay without having to pop to the store for things you’ve forgotten. Here is our list to help you get started:
1. Bedding and towels
Most campgrounds with bungalows charge extra for bedding, so make sure you read the fine print ahead of time and decide if you will rent bedding or bring your own. On a recent trip, we decided that the 20 CHF fee per bed was not worth it for a 3 night stay and brought along our own towels, pillows, duvets, and fitted sheets.
2. Kitchen supplies
Most bungalows have basic kitchen equipment which can be a big help when you want to eat a little healthier or try and keep costs down during your travels. But these kitchens don’t often don’t come with more than pots, pans, and plates, so consider bringing the following along:
Washing up liquid, scrubbing brush, and sponge
Swiss army knife or other paring knife
Ziplock bags or plastic containers for leftovers
Reusable shopping bag for trips to the store
3. Basic food supplies
While most campgrounds have a shop filled with basics, it is sometimes nice to bring basic supplies from home. Consider what meals you will eat in your bungalow and bring supplies which are already on your shelf at home:
Chocolate powder for hot chocolates
Coffee capsules if you have a coffee machine included, or instant coffee powder and tea
Oil and vinegar, pepper and salt
Wine and corkscrew
Snacks (nuts, dried fruits, chips, crackers)
We normally purchase cold items like butter and milk and fresh things like bread on site. Always check if you will need to pre-order your bread for your breakfast, especially if you plan on arriving late in the day. If you need to, phone the campsite ahead to order for your first morning otherwise you might be disappointed.
4. Bathroom supplies
Basics like shampoo and shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush come with me wherever I go, thats a given. But bathrooms in bungalows are often kitted out with just one roll of toilet paper (or sometimes none at all) so considering bringing the following:
A roll or two of toilet paper
A bar of soap for washing hands (I like collect bars of soap from hotel stays for this exact purpose) or a small container of liquid soap
A packet of pre-moistened disinfectant wipes to clean up the bathroom, if needed.
Washing powder just incase you need to wash some clothes in the basin
5. Other things which are nice to have along
Mosquito spray and cream if you are bitten, especially if you are by water or warmer temperatures
Scooters and bikes
If you are traveling with a baby check what the campground offers regarding baby cots, high chairs etc and bring along anything you need.