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For many people, packing is their least favorite part of planning for vacation. If you’re one of those people who absolutely can’t stand packing, take a look at all of our helpful tips to make your packing a little easier.
Don’t Choose a Huge Bag
When you plan on packing in a large bag, you typically end up overpacking. The key to success for packing lighter is to choose a smaller bag. If you’re only visiting for a couple of days, you shouldn’t need a very large bag, unless you are packing your entire family in a single bag. You can easily pack in a smaller bag, here’s how:
Pack It All, Take Half Away
One tip to help you pack lighter is to go ahead and lay out all of the clothes, shoes and accessories you need for your entire stay. Then, take a look at all of those clothes and decide to put half of the clothes away. For the most part, everyone overpacks and ends up with a stack of unworn clothes. Choose exactly what you’ll need and put the rest aside. Having a hard time deciding which clothes to pack and which to take away? Keep reading and we’ll help you with that too.
Instead of packing generally for your Pigeon Forge vacation, pack for each specific activity. Lay out your plans so you know exactly what you need to pack for each day. If you are spending most of your time hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you’ll want to make sure you have all of your hiking gear. If you’re more relaxed and like to spend most of your time wandering the Parkways, exploring the attractions and restaurants, then you can pack more casual clothes. Whatever you may be planning to do during your vacation, go ahead and lay out specific outfits for each day/activity.
Pack for Layers
Pigeon Forge can sometimes have strange weather. It may get cold in the winter, but it never gets to the point where you need a parka and boots. You can usually get away with some closed-toe shoes, a sweater and a good jacket. In the summer months, the weather gets warm, so you won’t even need a jacket or long-sleeve shirt.
If you’re planning to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll want to wear a layer of clothes so you can easily adjust to the different temperatures as you hike. If you plan to spend most of your time at attractions, it will be nice to have a light jacket, so you are guaranteed to stay warm no matter what time of year it is.
For more hiking information, take a look at our post about planning your hiking trip to the Great Smoky Mountains: https://www.myinnontheriver.com/blog/hiking-in-the-great-smoky-mountains/
Take Time to Pack
What many people don’t realize is that packing is so much easier when you take the time to do it. Even when you plan a spontaneous trip somewhere, you should at least spend a little time really thinking about what to pack. When you don’t give yourself enough packing time, you end up throwing things into your bags which leads to a lot of unnecessary items and really heavy suitcases.
Are you ready to start planning your Pigeon Forge vacation? You can start by checking out all of The Inn On The River’s Pigeon Forge hotel coupons and discounts. You will find all of the best deals on rooms and attractions, so you can save a little money during your stay. Feel free to give us a call should you have any questions about our hotel.