5 Things To Do While Camping In A Cabin With No T.V., Cell Phone Reception or Internet


I think it’s safe to say that the whole purpose for going camping is to unwind, unplug and “become one with nature.” As such, it always makes me cringe whenever I see listings for cabins or campgrounds that state they have “wi-fi access.” (O_O) Just no. Noooooo! It totally beats the point.

This is why I look forward to staying at my family’s cabin in Maine. There’s no T.V., cell phone reception or internet access. All we’ve got is one land line phone. We’re totally disconnected from modern technology and it’s great. Trust me when I say it is totally possible to survive and have a great time without the t.v., internet and social media.

However… I do realize that not everyone does as well with this kind of detached lifestyle soooo, based on what my family and I did while cabin camping in Maine, I’m providing a little list of:

5 Things To Do While Camping In A Cabin With No T.V., Cell Phone Reception or Internet

5-things-to-do-when-camping-in-a-cabin.jpg ^^ In case you’re wondering, we used our laptop and phones to play music and that’s it :)

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1) If your cabin has a fireplace, take advantage of this amenity, grab some wood and light it up. In addition to emitting heat, the fireplace provides a perfect setting for enjoying beer, s’mores and conversation. I also find the sound of crackling wood to be quite soothing, great for taking a little cat nap.

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2) Go grocery shopping beforehand and make sure to get enough food to cook for the duration of your camping trip. The great thing about being “unplugged” is that you’ve got alot of free time to prepare your food in a leisurely fashion. If possible, try to get outside and cook your food on a grill.


3) Play games. Board games, puzzles, card games (Uno & Cards Against Humanity are my fave!), mancala, charades or for the little ones – toys. The possibilities for having fun are endless.

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3) If you’re close to a source of water (in our case – a pond), take or rent a boat out and go fishing. Or at least, attempt to fish… We didn’t catch anything – even if we did, we would’ve thrown it back in. Side note: Make sure the boat’s battery for the propeller is charged before you go all the way out to the middle of the pond or you will be stuck having to row yourself back to the dock. #truestory

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5) Watch the sunrise or sunset. Nothing beats watching the sky wake up or get ready for bed in high definition.

On one particular evening, I noticed my sister sitting outside from the dining room window while I was playing monopoly with Charles, my Uncle Mack and brother, Gabriel. Right then and there, I decided to go outside and join her much to everyone else’s dismay. The guys decided to continue playing the game without me which was totally fine. I got to share the enjoyment of a sunset with my sister and this was by far one of my most cherished moments from our trip.

What are some things you like to do when camping?

(linking up w/ travel tuesday)

  • This cabin looks AMAZING!!! And unplugging sounds so wonderful right now. I think it would be so hard to do (ahhhh!!!!), but these are all really great and fun things. Also, things that you remember forever.

    • Unplugging is definitely hard to do but once I got through the first day, it was much easier to live without being on my phone all the time. :)

  • it looks like a blast! I would love unplug in a cabin like that.I’d spend some time at the lake!

    • It’s such a blast! Camping and unplugging is such a fun experience. I felt way more present while we were vacationing than I usually am. xo

  • That cabin looks like a dream! I always love unplugging…although it’s not always as easy as it should be :)

    • Oh no, the first day of unplugging is always the hardest. I always have to stop my hand from reaching for my phone out of habit haha. But once you get past the first day, it’s not so bad. :) xo

  • This cabin reminds me of the show tiny house and I already have it set in my mind that I want a tiny house in the near future lol. I’m slowly but surely gearing towards unplugging completely. I have a hard time trying to do that but I can do one without the other but completely I feel like I’m missing something. sad I know lol. Going to a secluded place like the mountains is a great idea especially if there isn’t cell phone service and wi-fi, your forced to enjoy your surrounds which isn’t a bad thing.

    • Haha! Oh yes, my family’s cabin is definitely a tiny house. My great-great-great grandparents built it by hand a lonnnnnng time ago and we’ve kept it the same. Not much changed except that we have a modern bathroom system. I highly recommend going camping (in a tent or cabin) and unplugging. It’s so freeing to be off the grid. xo

  • Jennifer Abplanalp

    Your family cabin looks gorgeous! I can’t wait until camping season!

    • Thanks Jennifer! Camping season is right around the corner! xo

  • Lovely post – so much inspiration! I agree: tech and wifi free are the only way to do a vacation like this!

    • Hi Cynthia! Glad to know I’m not the only who thinks this way. :) xo

  • So nice! Switching of is seriously good for the soul and the mind :) There is nothing like watching a gorgeous sunset or sunrise, it’s the best ! :)

    • Oh yes, sunrises and sunsets are THE best!

  • Oooh that pineapple looks tasty. And what a view whilst grilling! I rarely unplug and when I do, I wish I did it more. This looks like a fantastic venue to recharge.

    And sister time is the best kind of time :)

    • Grilled pineapple is sooo good. And grilled peaches are great too! :)

  • Ahhhh, how wonderfully refreshing! I think it takes a lot of guts to go offline for a while these days. It’s SO hard for me to be away from wifi, but my thing is I don’t have a cell phone plan, so that helps me disconnect anytime I’m away from wifi! Your trip sounds wonderful, especially when everyone is on board with there being no online connections. Thanks for sharing this with us on Travel Tuesday!

    • Going offline is always so hard on the first day but after that, it gets much easier. :) xo

  • Whitney

    oooh that grilled pineapple sounds amazing right now! Unplugging is really difficult for people these days. I went to dinner recently with Mom and Boomer and a husband and wife sit and stare at their phones for the entire dinner! I haven’t been camping in ages, but I might have to take Boomer to Hocking Hills for a weekend soon!

    • yes, grilled pineapple is soooo good!!! Whenever Charles and I go out to eat, he lets me take all the food pics I want but then after that we put our phones down and won’t pick them up until after we’re done eating because you might as well be eating alone if you’re on your phone.

      And I think you guys would love camping! The first day is tough because you will unconsciously reach for your phone all the time but afterwards, it gets much easier to unplug. :)