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4 Helpful Packing Tips for Vacationing at Our Rental Cabins in Gatlinburg TN

Although packing probably isn’t your favorite activity, it is a necessary part of preparing for any vacation. When you get away at one of our rental cabins in Gatlinburg TN, getting your suitcase together doesn’t have to be time consuming or stressful. Keep the following tips in mind and packing for your escape in the Smokies will be a breeze!

1. Know What is Provided for You

One of the benefits of staying at a cabin is that many items will be waiting for you when you arrive. Here is what you can expect to find at your vacation rental:

  • Bed linens
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • One roll of paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Starter supply of kitchen garbage bags
  • Starter supply of hand soap for the bathrooms

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2. Bring These Suggested ItemsBeautiful mountain view from the deck of the Great Expectations cabin.

Of course, there is no “one size fits all” packing list for every group. However, here are a few things that you may want to take with you to our rental cabins in Gatlinburg TN:  

  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Food items (including spices and condiments)
  • Foil and plastic wrap
  • Coffee filters
  • Extra paper towels
  • Extra garbage bags
  • Baby crib (if applicable)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Extra blankets and pillows
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid, kindling, and matches or a lighter (if your cabin has a grill)
  • First aid kit and flashlight (just in case)   

3. Check the Weather Forecast

As you decide what clothes to bring, be sure to check the weather forecast for the week you will be visiting Gatlinburg. It also helps to know the monthly average high and low temperatures and how much precipitation you can expect. For your convenience, we have reproduced the following chart from the National Park Service website:

Month High Low Monthly Precipitation Monthly Snowfall Days of Precipitation
Jan 51 28 4.8″ 2.3″ 9
Feb 54 29 4.8″ 2.9″ 9
March 61 34 5.3″ Trace amounts 8
April 71 42 4.5″ 0 8
May 79 50 4.5″ 0 9
June 86 58 5.2″ 0 9
July 88 59 5.7″ 0 10
Aug 87 60 5.3″ 0 10
Sept 83 55 3.0″ 0 5
Oct 73 43 3.1″ Trace amounts 6
Nov 61 33 3.4″ 0.7″ 7
Dec 52 28 4.5″ 1.0″ 8

4. Prepare for a Hike

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 800 miles of scenic trails. With everything from easy hikes that are less than one mile long, to challenging 12 mile hikes, there is truly a trail for every ability and interest in the Smokies. If you decide to go hiking during your vacation, be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Comfortable shoes or boots
  • Maps of the national park
  • Water bottles
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • High energy snacks
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit

A bridge over a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.If you have any questions about what you need to bring to Gatlinburg, don’t hesitate to give our friendly vacation specialists a call! To start planning your getaway, browse our complete selection of rental cabins in Gatlinburg TN.