What to Pack for Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

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Are you afraid that your family is going to forget to pack something while preparing for your Smoky Mountain vacation? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of some of the best useful, important items you do not want to forget to bring. Make sure to share this list with your family and friends!


1. A GPS System

Getting lost in a place you have never been is pretty easy, but that is especially true in the Smoky Mountains. With so many twists, turns, and mysterious backroads, you and your family will want to pack a GPS to show you the way and make sure you get to your destinations on time. But don’t let this scare you! If you get lost, there are plenty of friendly people who are willing to help you find your way again.


2. A Light Jacket (or a Rain Jacket!)

The elements can strike at any time, so it is always best to be prepared by packing a light jacket (bonus points if it is a rain jacket!). Even in the middle of summer, nights can sometimes get cool. This is also a great item to pack if you plan to explore the caverns scattered throughout the Smokies or if you plan to go hiking into high elevations. If you think you don’t need a jacket because you’re a hot-natured person, take one anyway and it will be perfect for sitting on when you find a beautiful place by the river.


3. A Swimsuit

What is a Smoky Mountain vacation without a nice dip in a swimming hole? From rivers, to lakes, to pools, to waterparks, there are plenty of options for swimming in the Smoky Mountains. Soak up some sun and get tan while you lay out and the kids play, or take part in the fun yourself. Make sure to bring a swimsuit that you are comfortable in so you can focus on enjoying your vacation to the fullest.


4. Sturdy Shoes

It’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains hold plenty of great trails and places to explore. To make sure you are safe and comfortable, pack a good pair of sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots for your outdoor adventures. Nobody wants to slip when hiking by a waterfall or get rocks in their shoes! Save the sandals for your fancy plans, and make sure to bring a pair of shoes you don’t mind exposing to some dirt.


5. Bug Spray

Itchy bug bites can really put a damper on a great vacation, so prevent the problem by bringing bug spray. This is especially important if you and your family plan on spending time hiking, camping, or going out in the evening. While the strong scent of bug spray might not be ideal, it will be worth it not having to worry about unwanted critters joining the party.


6. Sunscreen

Just because you aren’t at the beach doesn’t mean that you can avoid sunburn! Make sure to pack a high-SPF sunscreen to the Smokies to protect your family from harmful UV rays. With sprays, lotions, and face sticks available, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. And don’t forget, your eyelids and lips need sunscreen too!


7. Sunglasses

Vacation so bright, you’ve got to wear shades. Sunglasses are an essential to bring to the Smokies so you can have the maximum amount of fun without having to worry about the sun in your eyes. If you want to take an extra step in eye protection, buy polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.


8. A Cooler

If you have never gone on a family picnic in the mountains, you must on your next trip. With a number of great parks in the area to choose from, you and your family can make great memories while munching on some lunch and taking in the beautiful scenery. While picnic baskets are cute, coolers are a bit more convenient since they keep everything cold and you don’t have to worry about keeping the food at a safe temperature. An additional bonus: ice packs in coolers are great for your face when it gets a little hot outside!


9. A Hammock

For those who want to relax but still enjoy the fresh air and wonderful views, remember to pack a hammock. There are plenty of places where guests can set up, hang out, and enjoy. Whether you want to read a book, take a nap, chat with a friend on the phone, or just take in some peace and quiet, there are plenty of great hammock spots for you.


Now that you are packed and ready to go, make sure to check out our other blogs for ideas on where to take your family to eat, play, and make greater memories!

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