Insider’s Guide Cottage Packing List for Your Bayfield Cottage Rental

We have shared our cottage packing list for your Bayfield cottage rental
Insider's Guide Cottage Packing List for Your Bayfield Cottage Rental

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Ah, Bayfield, Ontario – a quaint village nestled along the shores of Lake Huron, where the sun dances on the water and the beach beckons with promises of relaxation and adventure. Planning your beach getaway to this charming destination requires thoughtful preparation and packing. We’ve shared our cottage packing list for your Bayfield cottage rental, ensuring every moment is filled with comfort, joy, and the unmistakable magic of Lake Huron’s shoreline.


Striking the perfect balance between comfort and practicality is key when packing for your cottage getaway. Start by checking the weather forecast to ensure you’re prepared for any surprises Northern Ontario might throw your way.

Consider the activities you’ll be enjoying, whether it’s hiking, fishing, or simply lounging by the lake. Pack accordingly, with versatile pieces that can handle whatever the day brings, like convertible pants and moisture-wicking fabrics.

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Here’s a simple packing list to guide you:

  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or hoodies
  • Pants and shorts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Pajamas
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Rain boots
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Warm jacket or coat 

If you find yourself at your cottage and you’re missing some clothing, there are several local stores you can visit to bridge the gap.

  • ARCHIE’S SURF SHOP Archie’s is the coolest place to shop for the most recent west coast inspired fashion.
  • AVALON A boutique of fine clothing.
  • DEJA VU Casual chic has arrived in Bayfield, Ontario! Curated Vintage Luxury & Heritage branded clothing and accessories as well as Vintage!
  • DYNASSSTYLE Second-Hand Store
  • EDIN BOUTIQUE A boutique of fine clothing.
  • LESLIE’S of BAYFIELD Trendy boutique We offer a great assortment of sweaters, denim, dresses, and much more
  • METANOIA BOUTIQUE A sustainable fashion and lifestyle boutique.
  • THE WARDROBE BIZAAR featuring stylish clothing, and a wide range of accessories.
  • TOUS JOURS We are one of Bayfield’s largest ladies, clothing boutiques

Recreational Gear Beach necessities

For the adventurous soul seeking thrills along Bayfield’s shoreline, packing the right outdoor gear is essential. Consider bringing along snorkeling gear to explore the vibrant underwater world of Lake Huron, or sturdy hiking sandals for traversing the rugged coastal trails. A collapsible beach umbrella or portable sun shelter provides much-needed shade on sunny days, while a cooler stocked with refreshing beverages keeps you hydrated and energized for all your Bayfield adventures.

  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach umbrella
  • Folding chairs or camping chairs
  • Picnic blanket
  • Bicycles & Helmets
  • Fishing gear and licenses (if applicable)
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Life jackets
  • Outdoor games (frisbee, volleyball, etc.)
  • Wood – I encourage you to stop at any roadside stand – that $10 makes all the difference to that family!
Insider's Guide Cottage Packing List for Your Bayfield Cottage Rental

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Stand Up Paddleboards or Lake Mat rentals

Create wonderful new adventures on Lake Huron with our Stand Up Paddleboards or Lake Mat rentals.

Lake Mats are fun for the entire family. No need to inflate, just unroll the pad and anchor it down and you are ready to relax and have a great time floating, jumping and playing in the water for hours.

Paddleboards are a great way to get some activity on the lake and explore the area.

We provide delivery on Sundays and pickup Thursdays, or you can arrange your own pickup in Bayfield.

Request your LakeMatt or Paddleboard(s) here >>>>

Food and Drinks

Bring enough food for 2 or 3 nights. You do not want to overpack the fridge causing the fridge coils to freeze up. 

  • Reusable water bottles – Bayfield is a is a Blue Community discouraging single use plastics like water bottles
  • Drinks
  • Snacks DON’T FORGET Campfire Snacks
  • Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Mayo, BBQ sauce
  • Coffee (there should be coffee filters there)
  • Milk, Butter 
  • Olive Oil/Salad Dressings
  • Tin Foil, Ziplock Bags
  • Then I like to organize by Day/Meals

Bayfield has a great grocery store Foodland. there’s also a Sobeys and No Frills in GrandBend or Food Basics and Zehrs in Goderich

And there is a great LCBO too

I encourage you to checkout Market29 with some gourmet frozen meals the signature dishes of Olio!
AND there are some awesome Farmers Markets in the area:

First Aid Sunscreen We have shared our cottage packing list for your Bayfield cottage rental

Safety and Health

  • First aid kit
  • Medications (if needed)
  • Insect repellent and Bug Bite Relief 
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach-friendly baby or toddler supplies (if applicable)
  • Ziplock bags for storing wet items or collecting stones

For any last minute beach supplies, one of these retailers will have your covered:

  • Michaels Pharmasave 2 Main St S #5, Bayfield,
  • Brandons Home Hardware 15 The Square, Bayfield, 


  • Beach read or magazines
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Waterproof phone case or pouch
  • Camera or GoPro for capturing memories
  • Beach games (e.g., frisbee, paddleball)
  • Wood – I encourage you to stop at any roadside stand – that $10 makes all the difference to that family!

For any last minute beach supplies, one of these retailers will have your covered:

Linen Rentals Sheets Towels for your CottageStays cottage rental

Bedding and Linens

  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Bath towels and beach towels
  • Kitchen towels
  • Extra blankets (if needed)
  • NOTE: Pillows and comforters are provided
Note you will need to bring your own linens OR for your convenience, we are now offering Linen rentals for $20/person for the duration of your stay. This includes sheets, pillowcases, pillows including pillow protectors, bath towels, facecloths, tea towels and dishcloths. Just not Beach towels. Bed comforters and pillows are always provided.

Linens is why you see varied cleaning fees amongst cottages. I prefer to be open about how much linen service costs. By offering separately guests are paying for what they will actually use (it’s a huge difference between 4 people vs 8 people) AND you have the option of saving $ by bringing your own.
We understand that this policy might be different from what you’ve encountered in other rentals or hotels. Still, it is implemented with the intention of delivering the highest quality service, ensuring your safety, and preserving the environment and septic systems of the beautiful rural areas where our cottages are located.


While the cottage you rent will likely provide some basic amenities like soap and shampoo, it’s never a bad idea to come prepared just in case, especially if you have travel sized containers that don’t’ too much room, or if you have a particular brand or type of product that you prefer.

Michaels Pharmasave Bayfield
  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hairdryer (if not provided)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Medications and prescription drugs
  • First aid kit (including band-aids, antiseptic ointment, etc.)

If you have forgotten anything you will likely find it a Michaels PharmaSave 2 Main St S Bayfield

With careful planning, your Bayfield cottage rental is destined to be a memorable and magical experience. By considering each aspect of your cottage packing list, from clothing and outdoor gear to food and safety essentials, you can relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Huron’s shoreline with confidence and joy. So pack your bags, soak up the sun, and prepare to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime in Bayfield, Ontario – where every moment is a celebration of nature’s splendor and the joys of beachside living.

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We’ve shared our cottage packing list for your Bayfield cottage rental, ensuring every moment is filled with comfort, joy, and the unmistakable magic of Lake Huron’s shoreline.