What to Pack for Your Spring Getaway to the Smokies

  1. Reusable water bottles. Spring is the perfect time to explore the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll get to view a variety of wildlife and wildflowers while hiking or biking through the park, but even when the temperatures are mild, you don’t want to forget your water bottle. A reusable water bottle will spare the environment of extra trash and will keep you hydrated as you spend time outside.
  2. Non-perishable snacks. These are great to keep in your backpack or your pocket while you’re hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Some hikes take hours to complete, so you’ll be thankful for that handful of trailmix or small bag of nuts. Other ideas for non-perishable snacks include jerky, dried fruit, granola bars, and protein bars. Keep these in your car as well just in case you get stuck in Gatlinburg traffic.
  3. Hiking shoes and/or sneakers. While the hikes in the Smoky Mountains have well-marked trails, they often take you through uneven terrain. You’ll be stepping over roots and rocks on most of these trails, and some parts are slippery from small creeks that carve through the mountains. Hiking boots are the best way to ensure proper footing and protect you from injury. But you’ll also want to pack a pair of sneakers in your bag for walking around downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge during your spring getaway.
  4. A raincoat and umbrella. You know what they say—“April showers bring May flowers.” When it’s springtime in the Smokies, you can expect some rain showers to pop up throughout your getaway. So be sure to pack your raincoat or poncho and small umbrella that you can take with you as you explore The Village Shops or spend time in the great outdoors.
  5. Light layers. Another funny thing about weather in the springtime is how often it can change—and drastically! You might have 50-degree temperatures in the morning and 80-degree temperatures in the afternoon. So bring layers. A light jacket, a sweatshirt, or pullover will keep you warm in the mornings. And you can easily leave it in the car while you’re downtown or tie it around your waist when you’re walking through the woods.
  6. Sunscreen and sunglasses. Spending time outside no matter the season means sun exposure, so take care of your skin by applying sunscreen each morning. Even when the weather is overcast, you are subject to the sun’s UV rays. So take care of yourself—apply sunscreen, wear sunglasses, and plan for some pain-free fun in the sun!
  7. A camera. A rushing creek over smooth stones. A deer standing in the shade. A hillside covered in a beautiful array of wildflowers. You’ll want to capture these moments when you visit the Smoky Mountains, so be sure to pack your camera in your spring suitcase. You might also pack some coordinating outfits and take pictures as a family against the gorgeous backdrop of the Smokies. These are memories you’ll want to remember for a lifetime!
  8. Your swim gear. Depending on how late in the season you decide to visit, the weather might already be warm enough for a visit to a Smoky Mountain swimming hole or community pool. But even if it’s still cool outside, you’ll want your swimsuit for a dip in the outdoor hot tub that comes with most of our Smoky Mountain cabins. We also have cabins with private pools, including indoor pools that you can use all year long. Ask our reservation specialists about reserving one of these cabins for your getaway this spring.
  9. Pet supplies. Along with cabins that offer private pools, Cabins For You also has pet-friendly cabins. So don’t leave behind your furry friends when you visit the Smoky Mountains this spring! Bring them along so they can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors with you. You can check the National Park Service’s website for more details on pet-friendly areas during your visit, but don’t forget to pack a leash and doggy bags in your suitcase!
  10. Movies. Even though springtime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, sometimes the weather keeps you from wanting to get out. Either it’s rainy or threatening to rain, and you’re not sure about driving all the way to the park just to get caught in a storm. When you stay at one of our cabins, you don’t have to worry about finding ways to have fun even when you stay inside. Most of our cabins come with big screen TVs and DVD players, and some of our cabins even offer private theater rooms. So bring your favorite DVDs and plan for a rainy day that’s full of fun in the Smokies!

A few other items that won’t fit in your suitcase:

  1. Your bikes. Hiking isn’t the only way to enjoy the national park. Bring your bikes (don’t forget helmets!) for another way to have fun in the great outdoors.
  2. A picnic basket. Plenty of trailheads and campsites have picnic tables where you can enjoy a quiet meal. Use the full-size kitchen in your cabin to prepare your food, and enjoy the fresh spring air with your family.
  3. A kite. Whether you’re bringing the kids or not, flying a kite can be a fun and relaxing way to spend some time outside in the Smokies this spring.

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