The Do’s and Don’ts of Packing For a Smoky Mountain Cabin Vacation

packing for a Smoky Mountain cabin vacation
November 7, 2014

Packing for a Smoky Mountain cabin vacation can be a little stressful. Not only do you have to pre-plan everything you want to wear for your trip, but you also want to make sure you won't end up missing something you meant to bring once you get there. Because of this, it is really easy for families and guests to over-pack for their trip.

Although that may not seem like such a bad thing, you have to think about all the extra time and energy that the extra packing brings both before and after your trip. This includes the extra effort it will take to gather the items, make sure they are in the car and unload them once your get to your cabin rental, as well as unpacking, cleaning and putting away the items once you return home.

At Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals, we don't want our guests to ever worry more than they have to when it comes to planning their next Smoky Mountain cabin vacation. That is why we have put together a quick Do’s and Don’ts list that will make packing a breeze.

Don't: Bring Your Own Linens

At Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals, each of our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins comes equipped with enough linens, pillows and blankets to accommodate any size group.

This means that you shouldn’t worry about packing things like sheets, comforters, and pillowcases when you prepare for your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation.

The number linens provided with your rental is determined by the number of guests you list during the reservation process.

Do: Pack Your Favorite Blanket or Pillow

Just because your Smoky Mountain cabin comes with its own set of linens, that doesn't mean that you and your family aren't allowed to bring your own favorite pillow or throw blanket with you on your trip. Many families, especially those with young children, find that bringing these little reminders of home help them sleep better in the new environment. Although each of our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins is designed to make guests feel as if they are at home, it is nice to have a couple of little comforts around to help you relax.

Don't: Over Stuff Your Suitcase

man struggling to pack for Smoky Mountain cabin vacation

As we mentioned earlier, one of the biggest points of this list is to help travelers avoid over packing for their Smoky Mountain cabin vacation. This includes packing too many clothes.

Though throwing your entire closet into one suitcase may seem like a good idea at the time, especially when you consider how many outfit choices you will have, in the long run this is actually a bad idea.

Over-stuffing your suitcase will not only make it bulky and hard to travel with, but it also means that there will be just that much more work to unpack once you get to your rental and when you return home.

Do: Bring Laundry Detergent

The best way to avoid over packing is to plan to do a load or two of laundry while you are on vacation. Not only does this mean that you will be able to re-wear several of the items you packed, but it also cuts down on the laundry and cleaning you will have to do when you return home.

That being said, be sure to pick up your favorite laundry detergent at one of the many local convenience stores located near your Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rental. You can also bring some from home if you would like.

Don't: Pack a Coffee Maker

Who doesn’t love a warm cup of coffee in the mornings, especially when you have the chance to enjoy it while looking out at the scenic Smoky Mountains? However, as tempted as you may be, do not feel as if you need to bring your own coffee maker to enjoy this experience.

At Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals, each of our units comes with their very own coffee maker that guests can use. This keeps you from having to lug back and forth your own appliance, as well as prevents you from having to spend extra money by going through a Starbucks or a Dunkin’ Donuts every morning of your trip.

Do: Bring Coffee

couple enjoying a cup of coffee at a Smoky Mountain cabin rental

Please keep in mind, even though your cabin will come equipped with its own coffee maker, you and your family will probably still need to pick up a bag or two of your favorite coffee grounds. Similar to the laundry detergent we mentioned earlier, you can pick this up at any of the local convenience stores or grocery stores located near your Smoky Mountain cabin rental.

Don't: Pack a Full Kitchen Set

Are you still deciding which of your favorite family recipes you want to cook during your next Smoky Mountain cabin vacation? As you make your final decisions, you may feel the need to bring all the pots and pans you can find, just in case you change your mind. However, you should resist this temptation.

Do: Bring Specialty Cookware

Is there a particular serving dish or plate that you always use to serve your family’s favorite meals? Do you have a recipe that calls for a special baking pan or cooking sheet? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to consider bringing those particular items with you on your trip.

Although our cabins come equipped with standard utensils and appliances, you would be better off packing any specialty cookware items just in case you need them.

Don't: Bring Your Nice Silverware

Rounding out your list on what to pack in order to prepare a family meal during your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, you may be wondering whether or not you should pack silverware for you and your family to eat with. The answer is no.

Just like the basic kitchen sets, each of our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins comes with their own standard set of silverware and glassware for guests’ convenience. There is even a dishwasher you can use to clean these utensils when you are done using them.

Do: Buy Plastic Utensils

In case you don’t feel like doing a lot of dishes during your vacation, we at Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals suggest that families consider picking up plastic utensils and paper plates.

Keep in mind, you will be able to find a full set of dishes and silverware inside your cabin available for use.

Smoky Mountain View nears Wears Valley

Do you have any questions about our packing tips, or do you want to begin looking for the perfect rental for your next Smoky Mountain cabin vacation? Feel free to give us a call at the number above, or fill out the Gatlinburg Cabin information form on our website. One of our experienced vacation experts will be in touch with you as soon as possible.