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The Essential Packing Checklist for Cabin Campers

Cabin camping is a great way to enjoy the adventure of visiting Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake with all the comfort and convenience of home! Whether you’re a seasoned camper or are trying cabin camping in Indiana for the first time, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need for a memorable vacation. Get ready for a fantastic experience with our ultimate cabin camping packing list!

 Cabin checklist

What’s Included and What You’ll Need to Bring 

At Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake, our cabins are stocked with almost everything you could need. However, there are still a few things that you’ll need to bring to make the most of your trip. Each cabin type offers different amenities, so this cabin camping packing list is different for each cabin type.

 Group cabins at Barton Lake

Group Cabins:

Group cabins are an excellent way to experience Indiana glamping! Sleeping up to 19 people, Three Bear’s Lodge offers benefits such as air conditioning, heating, laundry, and a game room. The kitchen comes with a refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, stovetop/oven, coffee maker & mugs, toaster, microwave, basic utensils, pot & pan, baking tools (mixing bowl set, non-stick cookie sheet, measuring cups), strainer, and place settings. Those planning to stay in our group cabin should plan to put towels, blankets, pillows, linens, grilling utensils, and personal items on their cabin camping checklist. 

 Luxury Cabins available!

Luxury Cabins:

At Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake, our luxury cabins offer an excellent transition into cabin camping in Indiana. Experience the comforts of home at our lakeside campground! With amenities such as a full bathroom and a kitchen, our luxury cabins give you access to the great outdoors without roughing it too much. In the kitchen, you can find a refrigerator, stovetop, sink, coffee maker & mugs, toaster, microwave, basic utensils, pot & pan, wine opener, and place settings. Plus, some luxury cabin rentals have ovens! If you’re planning on cooking, make sure to pack foods that don’t require an oven depending on your cabin type, and please bring towels, blankets, pillows, linens, grilling utensils, and personal items. Putting these items on your cabin camping packing list will help you to make the most of your cabin camping in Indiana!

 Enjoy rustic cabins!

Rustic Cabins:

For those wondering what to pack for cabin camping in a more rustic setting, look no further! Our rustic cabins offer beds with air conditioning, heat, electricity, a picnic table, charcoal grill, fire ring, and more! Guests staying in our rustic cabins will want to pack towels, blankets, pillows, linens, grilling utensils, and personal items. In addition, if you’re planning to do any eating in the cabin, it is recommended to bring items that are safe at room temperature and do not require any cooking. Although some of our rustic cabin options do include a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and wine opener. Our Indiana camp-resort has on-site dining facilities, so if you don’t want to add any food to your cabin camping packing list, you can purchase food there!

 Be sure to prepare for your trip!

Suggested Items for Your Cabin Camping Checklist

Regardless of what cabin type you stay in, there are certain items that can make your Indiana camping resorts experience even more memorable! Here are some things to consider packing for your trip: 

Sunscreen and Bug Spray: 

When spending lots of time in the great outdoors, packing sunscreen and bug spray are always a great idea! With these items, you can enjoy time outside without worrying about sunburns and bug bites.


When visiting our campground in Indiana with a water park, you’ll want to take advantage of all the water attractions that are included in your stay! Don’t forget to pack swimsuits for the whole family so everyone can enjoy the water zone!

Rainy Day Gear: 

Be prepared for unexpected weather changes by packing rain gear such as waterproof jackets, ponchos, and umbrellas. A deck of cards or a good book can also come in handy during indoor downtime.

Comfy Clothing: 

Pack clothes that are comfortable and suitable for outdoor activities. Think cozy sweatshirts, durable pants, and sturdy hiking boots. Don't forget extra layers for chilly evenings around the campfire!


Keep the fun going with entertainment options such as board games, playing cards, and books. Unplugging and enjoying quality time together is what cabin camping is all about!


Don't leave home without your toiletry essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and towels. Keeping clean and fresh will enhance your camping experience.

Personal Items: 

Lastly, don't forget personal items like medications, identification, and any other essentials specific to your family's needs. It’s always good to double check that these items are packed before making the trek out to your Indiana cabin camping experience.

 We have plenty of supplies if you forget anything!

How to Save Luggage Space

Looking to save some luggage space? Here at Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake, we offer a range of amenities that can save you some space in your travels! If you aren’t wanting to pack food items, our Indiana campground has an on-site store carrying all the essentials! Check out our Ranger Station for groceries, gifts, camping necessities, and more! Plus, if you forget any items, our Ranger Station likely stocks them, so head on down to the store and enjoy your vacation!


Embarking on a cabin camping adventure at Jellystone Park™ Barton Lake is an excellent way to blend the comforts of home with the excitement of exploring Indiana's beautiful outdoors. Whether you opt for one of our group cabins, luxury cabins, or rustic cabins, follow our cabin camping checklist for a memorable trip. Once you book your cabin, we recommend heading to the specific cabin page to see everything that cabin type includes so you can pack accordingly. So, gather your essentials, pack your enthusiasm, and get ready for an unforgettable cabin camping experience in Indiana!