Little Things You Can’t Forget to Pack for a Winter Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

Person hiking in the winter mountainsWhether you visit the Smoky Mountains regularly, or you’re planning your first experience to a Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin, you probably have an idea of what your family will do while you’re here. The winter weather has arrived and the afternoons are a bit cold, so here’s what you’ll want to pack for each outing, so you can stay a little warmer this season:

1. Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a key destination for every vacation to this area. Even if you don’t plan to do much hiking, there’s a few things you should take with you when you go into the national park:

  • If you plan to take pictures, you’ll want to dress warmly, in layers.
  • Gloves or mittens and closed-toe shoes
  • Plenty of bottles of water for the day
  • It’s always safe to travel with a first aid kit, including matches or a fire starter.
  • Light snacks

2. Visiting Outdoor Attractions, like Dollywood

Most families who visit the area like to take a day to spend at Dollywood for the Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration. To keep warm while you’re in the park, or outside at any Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge attraction, here’s a few things to pack:

  • An extra jacket
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Ear warmers
  • A little extra money for a cup or two of hot cocoa to keep you warm

3. Cooking in a Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge Cabin this Winter

Everyone likes to try their hand at a homemade southern dish while they’re in the Smokies, right? When you visit Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals, all of the cabins are fully equipped with all of the basics that you’ll need for your vacation. Here’s a few things you may want to pack, though:

  • Paper plates and plastic tableware if you don’t want to do any dishes
  • Casserole dish
  • S’mores things: chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows
  • Roasting sticks for roasting marshmallows by a fire
  • Packets of hot chocolate

4. Relaxing in Your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge Cabin

  • It’s great to spend a day simply resting up and relaxing, getting away from the hustle and bustle of life at home. For the most relaxation, try packing:
  • A new book, so you can sit by the fireplace and read
  • A bathing suit for soothing in the hot tub
  • Fuzzy socks, to keep your toes warm while you spend time in the cabin
  • A good movie to watch with your family

When you’re ready to book your stay in one of our Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins, you can give us a call at (800) 953-5655 to speak with our vacation planners. We would love to help you get away to the Smoky Mountains this winter!