Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Smoky Mountains. Getting away to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the fall gives you some time to recharge in between summer and the holiday season. We have many Smoky Mountain cabin rentals that are perfect for any fall season vacation. The following are five helpful packing tips in case you decide to pay us a visit as the leaves start changing color.
1. Pack for the Drive
If you’re going to be driving to the Smoky Mountains, you will want to make this part of the trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to bring some items to keep them entertained such as a deck of cards, a portable DVD player, an iPod with headphones, or handheld video games. For longer rides, be sure to pack some snacks or beverages for your family to enjoy during the drive. Finally, bring along a pair of binoculars or a good camera so you can get an up close look at the fall colors during your drive to the Smokies!
2. All Types of Weather
Weather in the Smoky Mountains can vary quite a bit, particularly in the fall. Afternoons are still on the warm side, but mornings and evenings can get chilly. While you may be able to walk around in short sleeves for some of the day, remember to bring long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, and light jackets for when it gets chilly. You also might want to pack shorts and pants, because the weather can fluctuate between days. Rain coats, umbrellas, and waterproof footwear will prepare you for stormy weather.
3. Outdoor Activities
The Smoky Mountains are full of exciting places to explore and endless opportunities to be active in the great outdoors. The fall season is an especially good time to get some exercise, because the cooler weather provides comfortable conditions for working up a sweat. You can have fun with all kinds sports, including hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, and whitewater rafting. Make sure you pack the appropriate gear for your favorite outdoor activities. This may include hiking boots, sunscreen, flashlights, bug repellent, and a compass. If you plan to do some fishing, bring along your pole and gear. Don’t forget swimwear for your cabin’s hot tub, too!
4. Anything You Need for the Kitchen
Our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals come with fully equipped kitchens, which makes it easy for you to prepare your own meals whenever you want. You won’t have to worry about bringing essentials such as pots, pans, dishes, and silverware since all of these are already at our cabins. To cut down on dish washing time, you might want to bring paper plates and utensils. You can buy food locally at grocery stores on the way to your cabin. However, if there are some specialty foods you have at home, you may want to pack some of these for your trip.
5. Extra Entertainment
There are plenty of things to do in the Smoky Mountains, both in your cabin and in the area. While many of our cabins come with game rooms and pool tables, you can also bring along some items of your own for entertainment. Movies are always nice to have for a rainy day or a quiet evening with the family. Other items that can help keep everyone relaxed and entertained include books, video games, iPads, and board games.
These are just some suggestions of what you should bring with you when you come for a fall trip. Are you ready to start planning your vacation? Look at our cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains and start planning your vacation today!