Tiny House Family Vacation

Have you ever stayed in a tiny house?  How about staying in a tiny house as a family of 5?  Before you roll your eyes and say no way, read on!  It was a highlight of our summer!

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We won a tiny house 2-night stay at a charity auction back in February.  I had never participated in a live auction so after I bid, I felt like Joey from Friends, but it all worked out and we were happy with our purchase!


When we told the kids, they were so excited.  We scheduled the trip and it was finally time to head out last weekend.  The tiny house was built just up the road from us and then they moved it by tractor (it took them 16 hours to move it) to Lake Thunderhead in Missouri!

We left Friday afternoon and made the 2-hour trip and we were all excited to check out our tiny house accommodations when we arrived.  After we toured the place (it didn’t take long) and unpacked, we enjoyed playing outside, eating al fresco and roasting s’mores before putting the kids to bed.  The big two slept on the futon and we put Lucy’s pack n’play right next to them!


The rest of the weekend we spent hanging out by the lake, swimming, kayaking, capsizing the paddleboat, and playing games.  It was very relaxing and fun to just get away.  We cooked most of our meals on the fire which is always fun!

The tiny house had a 6-gallon water heater so we took very quick showers and there was a composting toilet which was a new experience for all of us.  Vera enjoyed not having to flush ;)!  The kids also enjoyed “washing the dishes” because we used paper products, they simply threw the plates on to the fire.

Our Trip Video

Our Packing List

The house we stayed in is not currently a rental property so we packed like we were going camping.

  • Bath towels
  • Bed linens and sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • plastic silverware and paper plates
  • water bottles
  • toiletries
  • life jackets
  • fishing poles & tackle box (which we didn’t use)
  • board & card games
  • food (more on that below)
  • Beach towels
  • Sandshoes
  • Sand toys
  • Sunscreen & Bug Spray
  • Lighter & newspaper for fire starter
  • Food (see below)
  • Clothing (extra because there was no washer/dryer)

Our Tiny House Menu

Friday dinner – fire-roasted hot dogs, carrots & dip, chips and grapes with s’mores

Saturday breakfast – Pancakes & sausage (cooked in a cast-iron pan over the fire)

Saturday lunch – cheese & crackers, carrots & dip, strawberries & grapes

Saturday dinner – campfire packets (filled with ground beef, an onion, carrots, potatoes, butter & seasoned salt) with s’mores

Sunday breakfast -we ate a the marina restaurant

Sunday lunch – same as Saturday lunch

This swing was their favorite spot to play!

We had a great time and on the way home our kids asked when we were going on our next tiny house adventure so I would say this won’t be our last tiny house visit.  Have you ever stayed at a tiny house?  It was so cool to see how they fit everything inside and were so creative on their use of space!  Scott is 6 ft 5 inches and never really bent over except to get into the lofted king bed but he never hit his head so it felt quite spacious for such a tiny blueprint!


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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