Travel Tips for your Smoky Mountain Vacation in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, Tennessee

When you take a vacation there are always certain tools and information you must have when planning your trip.

That’s why we put together our top vacation tips and travel tools to ensure your trips are most relaxing, memorable, and completely enjoyable.

We have compiled this list through our own research and experience as we’ve had wonderful vacations and had times where we wished we had done this, done that, or had certain travel tools to make our trip even better.

So, we’ll save you some time, and dive right into our top vacation tips and travel tools…


**Southern road map including Tennessee. Jump into the digital age and try out a GPS device. Heck many rental cars come with them nowadays at no additional cost. They are great tools to have. If you decide not to go with a digital map, be sure to have some sort of paper map as you travel to and around your vacation destination.

**Luggage. Lol! Get your bags together & be able to pack the car or bring them to the airport without too much aggravation. Getting good luggage is a must and makes life much easier when traveling. Especially when flying as now they have a lot of extra fees and costs.

**Games, toys, magazines, iPods, and other things to keep everyone busy. These things are very easy to forget, but drives, flights, and delays can be quite long. Don’t forget these items that will keep you satisfied as time passes.


**Cameras and video cameras. Taking great pictures of your vacation destination, family, landmarks, and other shots will leave lasting memories that you can cherish forever.

**A great travel resource. Whether you plan your trip using a professional or do it yourself (which is easier than ever), you will need to find a few great travel resources to help you along the way. There are a lot of great sites out there to get you started and help you find the best travel deals possible.

**A list! Yes, a travel checklist is a huge must when planning your trip. Plus you can sit down and iron out all the details before you go and make a list of the fun things you’ll do when you reach your destination. This is probably one of the most important of the top vacation tips. Go over your list with the rest of the family & itemize for each person (if possible).


**Get your hands on a vacation guide. We always recommend a good Smoky Mountain vacation guide to use, so we’ll do the same here. No matter where you’re going, it is a lot more fun when you know the area!

**Make sure to have proper footwear for the activities you will be enjoying while on vacation (i.e. sandals, athletic shoes, formal wear for church or fine dining, high heels, etc).


**Bring your kids’ favorite items so they stay preoccupied & happy. Ask them what they can do without on your special trip so you can travel as light as possible.

**How about some additional tools like Hiking trail maps, Traveler’s cheques, tip advice, safety precautions, and more. We love being adventurous as well, but you don’t want your vacation ruined by by some crook or incident trying to spoil your fun.

Did we forget anything? See why our top vacation tips, tools, and travel lists are so important? These tips are just a start on your way to paradise. Have a wonderful trip and use these top vacation tips and tools to the fullest!