woman trying to close suitcase overflowing with clothes
August 7, 2015

Most people don't put a lot of thought into packing. They figure they can toss a few items into a suitcase the night before leaving on vacation and be all right. However, increasing airline luggage fees are causing people to rethink this strategy. Packing smart is just one more way that you can make your getaway affordable. In addition, packing light will make your trip less stressful, whether you’re driving or flying to the Smokies. Let's look at seven packing tips you can use to get more out of your stay at our log cabins in Gatlinburg Tennessee:

1. Make a List

Start creating a packing list a couple of weeks before your departure. This ensures that you don't forget essential items. It also gives you time to reflect on the items on your list. A digital camera and sunscreen are must-have items, but how many pairs of shoes do you actually need? Do you need a clean pair of jeans for every day? Making a list gives you a chance to look for ways to pack less.

2. Watch the Weathersummertime trip

If you're planning a summertime trip, you're not going to need a lot of cold weather clothing. However, you might consider bringing a sweater or light jacket. Evenings can get cool, and some people get a bit chilly in air conditioning. Rather than packing two or three sweaters, try to choose one in a neutral color that will go with whatever you're wearing.

3. Color Coordinate

Try to mix and match coordinating pieces of your wardrobe as much as possible. Use a scarf or other accessory to give your outfits a pop of color. Color coordinating lets you play with the items you brought and create a number of different looks without over packing. Best of all, our log cabins in Gatlinburg Tennessee have state-of-the-art washer/dryers, which make it a snap to keep your clothes clean.

Roll Your Clothes4. Roll Your Clothes

It's a time-tested technique that's used by experienced travelers everywhere! Rolling your clothes instead of folding them really does take up less room in your suitcase. You can use that extra space to pack a few more items or reserve it for the souvenirs you're bound to pick up in Gatlinburg. As an added bonus, rolling your clothes tends to cause fewer wrinkles.

5. Consider How You'll Spend Your Time

If you plan to spend your days hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you'll definitely need clothes and boots that are suitable for being in the woods. However, you may also want something a little fancier for going to dinner at that great restaurant you've heard about. Still, it's best not to get too fancy in Gatlinburg. It's a pretty laid-back place and the dress code reflects this relaxed attitude. Don't forget to look at your cabin's amenities before you finalize your packing. A swimsuit is essential for the hot tub or the pool.

6. Pack Technology Wisely

Cell phones, tablets, chargers, and other devices should never be packed in checked luggage. Keep them with you instead. This minimizes the risk of theft and also makes these items available to you if and when you need them. Resist the urge to pack all of your gadgets. Carefully weigh which ones will be most useful to you, and leave the others at home. This means you'll have less to carry and won't risk losing or damaging valuable electronics.

7. Wrangle Cordstravelling

If you can't travel without your hairdryer, curling iron, and other appliances, you can keep the cords tidy and out of your way by bundling them with a rubber band or twist tie. Your suitcase will be impressively organized!

Before you book your stay at our log cabins in Gatlinburg Tennessee, check out our latest cabin specials to see how you can save on your vacation!

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