By far, packing is one of the most important elements of preparing for your upcoming vacation, second only to deciding which Gatlinburg log cabin is right for your stay. That is why it is important to make sure you and your family or group know exactly what you need to bring to get the most out of your time here.
To help you with this, we have put together the ultimate guide for everything you need to know about packing for a Gatlinburg log cabin vacation.
In the Car
Making sure you have everything you need for when you are traveling in the car is important because it is the first place you will be spending time in during your vacation. In addition to making sure you have your suitcase and all of your travel companions, there are a few items we recommend you have readily available to you when you are en route. These items can include:
- Any documents you need to check into your Gatlinburg log cabin
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes
- Snacks in case you get hungry
- Chargers for all electronic devices
- Trash bags for in-car messes
In addition to these essential items, there are a few other things you may want to consider packing to make the ride more enjoyable. We suggest you bring a book, a magazine, a portable DVD player, a tablet, or anything else you can think of to keep yourself and your kids entertained during the drive.
If you opt for a device that makes noise, consider bringing headphones so you don’t disrupt other members in the car who might be trying to sleep or listen to their own music or movie.
We also suggest you keep your camera handy in case you see anything exciting you want to remember. Not only does taking pictures while you are traveling to your vacation expand your captured memories collection when you return home, it also helps get you and your friends and family excited for your trip because it inspired the vacation spirit.
Packing for a vacation in a Gatlinburg log cabin can be tricky. At first, it may sound appealing to toss everything you can think of into one bag and figure out outfits when you arrive. However, all this really does it create unnecessary stress and headache both during and after your trip.
Instead, we suggest you spend the little time it takes beforehand and plan out what outfits you want to wear on certain days. While you are doing so, go ahead and plan out any accessories or shoes as well. As you do this, check and see if there are any items you are packing you can repeat or you can actually leave behind.
For us, we think layering is key for outfits, especially if you are traveling here during the cooler months. It is easy to toss in a light-weight cardigan or sweater into your suitcase, but just make sure you are only tossing on one or two as you can recycle this to create new outfits throughout your trip.
Also, remember your Gatlinburg log cabin comes with its own washer/dryer, so if you do end up needing to wear something twice you can easily toss in a quick load of laundry during your trip. This will also help cut down on the chores when you return home as your clothes are already clean. All you have to do is put them away.
For the Gatlinburg Log Cabin
One of our favorite aspects about renting a Gatlinburg log cabin during a vacation is they are already equipped with everything you need for a peaceful stay. They have plush and comfortable furnishings and bedroom suites, all with their own freshly pressed linens and pillows. They have fully-equipped kitchens that come stocked with a starter set of dishes, glassware, silverware, and cooking utensils. They even have clean towels and a starter set of cleaning materials to make your stay here easy.
There are still a couple of items you may want to consider bringing from home to help enhance your stay. An example of this include:
- Toiletries for the bathroom
- Paper products such as napkins and paper towels
- Matches and lighter for the outdoor grill
- Movies for the DVD player
- Any small kitchen accessory or serving dish you need to prepare your favorite meal
- Board games to play with your loved ones
Lastly, there are a couple of ‘just in case’ items you and your family or group will want to make sure you have readily available during your trip to make your stay that much more enjoyable. These items are meant to make sure you are prepared for anything that may come up during your stay without bogging down your suitcase, such as:
- Basic First Aid Kit with bug spray and sunscreen
- Contact information for a local vet clinic if you are traveling with your pet
- Reusable water bottles if you plan on doing any outdoor activities
- Picnic basket with blanket
Every vacation is different, so the items you will want to have with your during your trip may vary slightly from this list. However, this list should get you started for what you will need during your next vacation.
If you need more help planning your next vacation, check out our blog about 4 Gatlinburg Log Cabin Vacation Tips to Help Save You Time and Stress.