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December 13, 2013

Cute little boy with the flower sitting on an old suitcase.

Toddlers are the most fun to travel with because they have a knack for making new things seem fascinating. Now that your little one has entered toddlerhood, there is a whole new set of challenges while traveling with them. For young families planning to visit the Smokies to visit attractions and see family shows, Timber Tops has some tips to make traveling with a toddler more manageable.

People say it takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes that’s what it takes to travel with one. By staying in a spacious Gatlinburg cabin with family, you can have more hands to help. For those family members who don’t get to see the little one often, this is the perfect time for them to bond.

Definitely make a list and overpack. When you get out with toddlers, more is always better. A way to organize their clothes and fit more in the suitcase is to put whole outfits into large gallon bags. You’ll be able to grab a bag to dress them each day without needing to search through the luggage for matching items. Our Gatlinburg cabins have room to spread out to make getting ready easier. Also, double check for your camera. Having a toddler on vacation in the Smoky Mountains means a lot of firsts, and you don’t want to miss any special moments.

Make sure to leave time open. Scheduling your travel down to the minute will not be a success because a toddler will need more stops and more entertainment, so go ahead and assume it will take more time to arrive. Tantrums are at an all time high in the toddler years, so make sure to also bring snacks and toys to occupy them in the car. Also, take a trash bag. Empty snack containers, wipes, diapers and drink containers will be much easier to throw away if already gathered up.

Most families with toddlers find out information about the places they plan to visit each day. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has planning information to make traveling with kids easier, such as traffic and road conditions. Other attractions have height, age or weight restrictions online to make choosing entertainment easier.

If you’re looking for a comfortable Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin for your family to enjoy, Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals invites you to check out our Gatlinburg cabin rentals. Give our staff a call at 1-800-266-1066.

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