Preparing everyone for a family vacation can often lead to stress and panic. In order to make sure things run smoothly for your next vacation, it is important to think ahead. Travelers frequently ask: What will the weather be like? What will I need? How much money should I bring? What type of stores are in the area? Below are some packing tips we have compiled to help you better prepare yourself for your vacation in Gatlinburg, TN.
Pack in advance. Waiting until the last minute to pack things can result in forgetting much needed or wanted items. Pack several days in advance to reduce stress and help reduce the chance of forgetting things, but don’t think you have to pack everything. Just bring clothing, shoes, and any essentials you can’t buy in town. Once you get to town, you can purchase other things you need such as throw away flip flops, face cream, toilet paper, snacks for the kids, sunscreen, shampoo, soap, and food for the cabin. Anything that may spill or be a problem at the airport – simply leave it at home.
Make a list. Keep a list of what you have packed. Not only will this help you look over and see what you’ve missed, but it’s also beneficial when it comes time to pack up and head home. If you have a list of what you’ve packed, you’re less likely to leave things behind in the cabin. Some travel experts advise laying out all of the things you would like to pack on the bed. Look over the items one by one and ask yourself “Do I need this?” and “Can I buy this if I need it later?” If you answer no (you don’t need it) and yes (you can buy it later) to those questions, then leave the item at home and continue on! As far as packing clothes for the Smoky Mountains, the dress code is basic. Pack shorts and tennis shoes for warm weather, pants and layers for cool weather.
Know your airline’s baggage policies. These are very important when trying to plan how much you are allowed to pack. Make sure to wisely pack all of your personal items so that you can keep them safe. Packing dual-purpose garments will allow you to efficiently use the space that you have. You should also consolidate and cut down on toiletries – you can buy anything you need once you arrive, or your cabin may already have what you need. Also remember – never put essential items into a checked bag. If the bag were to get lost or delayed, you would not have the most important items.
Use packing aids. Whatever will help you to keep your things organized and compact, take advantage of that. Use Ziploc bags and squeeze the air out of them. Baggies are really helpful for keeping medications and toiletries organized and in one place in your bag. For liquids, use the 3-1-1 rule. Also, roll your clothes as you put them into your suitcase instead of folding them. This will allow you more room to fit things into your main bag and will help keep clothes from being so wrinkled!
Pack smart for the car. If you are road tripping to your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin, you will need to be more cautious about what to pack because you have a limited amount of space. One thing that will make your stay easier is renting a cabin with a washer/dryer unit. You can easily wash clothes without needing to bring a different outfit for every day.
Pack for play. When packing for kids, pack clothes that they can stay cool in while playing in the Smokies, especially during summer. It is helpful to pack two or three pairs of shoes for your children. They will need play shoes, walking shoes, and a nicer pair if you plan to go to dinner while you are vacation.
Keep reservation information on hand. Be sure you have the directions to where you are going and all the necessary information for checking in. Know the number to where you will be staying and leave it with someone at home, in case of emergencies. Cell phone service is often difficult to find high in the Smoky Mountains.
These simple packing tips should help make your Smoky Mountain vacations easy and fun to plan! They’ll reduce the stress once it’s time to leave, and they’ll help you feel better prepared for a relaxing week!