It can get very cold during the Winter.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can get very cold In Gatlinburg during the Winter months so remember to bring warm clothes or you may have to buy some when you get there. Don't let the warm weather one day fool you. It can be warm one day and in the twenties the next. Gloves and a warm scarf are a must. Also you will need warm shoes that are water repellant in case it snows. It can be very windy and a nice heavy coat will help to keep you nice and warm.
Photo Equipment: Just bring any camera and take as many pictures as you can. If you are like me you will enjoy looking at them until the next time you can may a trip to the Smoky's.
Luggage and bags: Make sure you have a comfortable back pack or a fanny pack. Be sure that your pack has a holster for water or a drink bottle. You will need it if you plan on hiking in the Smokies. It’s not a bad ides to have a water bottle with you if you are shopping all day on the parkway as well. This year I will be wearing a back pack made by CamelBak that has water reservoir in it with a tube that you bite the end of to drink from. This will come in hand this year. These packs are available in all sorts of styles and sizes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on shopping on the Parkway in Gatlinburg as all stores are in walking distance. If you’re planning on hiking in the Smokies then consider investing in some hiking boots. I purchased a very good quality pair for $50. You can spend a lot more if you feel the need, I just like a value when I see one. Pack a rain light-weight raincoat. You never know when it’ll rain In the Smokies.
Last year I was walking on the Parkway when it started pouring rain. I resorted to one of the cheap plastic raincoats you can by at most stores in town. These are not recommended if you’re hiking in the Mountains as you would tear it easily and would get cold quickly. If you do plan on hiking take along quality rain gear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a first aid kit. Also bring along or wear insect repellant. Wear sunscreen as well. If you are at higher elevations your are more prone to sunburn than you would imagine.
Photo Equipment: Being the guy who is always looking to save a few bucks, I buy the one time use cameras. You can find these almost everywhere. Some are better than others. Don’t be afraid to drop an extra buck or two for the name brand ones. You can also take these to your local photo developing store and have your pictures made on a picture CD. I had 7 cameras last year. That’s a lot I know but I will enjoy my pictures for every.
I would like to own a nicer digital camera, preferably one with more memory or memory cards. These are nice as you can store photos and remove them if you would like. A tri-pod would come in handy if you plan on stopping a lot. Otherwise I think it would be a lot to carry.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella and /or a hat are musts due to the chance for sudden showers. Everywhere has ponchos for sale. These are nice, but who wants to be in a sauna in July?
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are planning on hiking, then make sure you carry something for blisters.
Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film. It's not cheap in the shops and Walmart is back in Seveirville
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rafts for the pool if they are allowed. They do sell them in the shops but prices vary. Best to go to Walmart before leaving home.
Luggage and bags: Any type
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for unpredictable weather. Can snow quickly in Winer season. Remember boots & gloves.
Photo Equipment: Take lots of pictures with whatever you have. Sunrise and sunset are breathtaking in the smokies
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fall and Spring: Something warm along with something light.
Summer: Prepare for a typical Southern Summer Day. Dress light and airy. Doesn't matter...Your clothes will still stick to you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever you normally take.
Photo Equipment: The best you can afford.
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It Depends On The Time of Year
Luggage and bags: If you're a backpacker you know what to bring. If you are in a car whatever you like.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fall and Spring: Warm clothes along with some spring clothes.
Summer: Something appropriate for a Southern Summer...Light and Airy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever you normally use or take. I would bring insect repellent for the summer and if you're backpacking don't forget the mole skin.
Photo Equipment: The best you can afford!
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Luggage and bags: video games, pillow and blckets
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bathing suit, tenni shoes, swim shoes, tank tops and shorts
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Regular things you get ready for bed and in the morning and a first aid kit
Photo Equipment: a camera or video camera to beautiful for nonpicture takers
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hat, and binoculars
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Depends on the time of year.
Luggage and bags: If you're staying for even a few days, you'll need a lot of different types of clothing, I've never even seen at least 5 days with the same weather.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes:
Winter: Big warm coat and ski jacket, thick sweaters, long johns, light sweaters (for "warmer" days), long [waterproof] pants, comfortable boots (in case it snows) , umbrella (in case it rains), scraves, hats, and gloves.
Spring: Some winter gear for march - mid april, warm sweaters, comfortable shoes, long and short pants, an umbrella, and a t-shirt or two for late april - may.
Summer: T-shirts, shorts, long pants, a few sweaters (sometimes we get cold nights or chilly days in summer (60s/70s/40s)), an umbrella, a light jacket or two (like i said we get a few chilly days), and comfy shoes.
Fall: a little summer gear in early september, during october however, sweaters, light jackets, long pants, warm shoes or boots and a scarf or two (it gets windy during this time). From november to december mostly winter gear with a little fall gear in early/mid november.
Miscellaneous: Weather to expect:
(Warning: temps can fluctuate as much as 40 degrees in day)
Winter: (Temperature) normal days: Hi's 40s/50s Lows 20s, warm days: Hi's 60s/70s Lows 30s/40s, cold days: Hi's 20s Lows 0s. (Precip) snowfalls every so often but usually not that much but can range anywhere from a trace to a foot in one storm, rain is common but usually happens a few days each month. Overall, its very cold and windy often cloudy or foggy.
Spring: (Temperature) normal days: Hi's 60s/70s lows 30s/40s, warm days: Hi's 70s/80s Lows 50s, cold days: Hi's 30s-50s Lows 10s-30s. (Precip) the last snowfall usually happens in early april for just one day but still falls in wintry amounts during march. rain, like anywhere else, is common in spring but still in normally light to moderate amounts. Overall, march is still cold but becomes less chilly by early may but doesn't get completely warm until june, and spring is rainy and windy with more sunshine than winter.
Summer: (Temperature) normal days: Hi's 80s Lows 50s, warmer days: Hi's lower 90s Lows 60s, colder days: Hi's 60s/70s Lows 40s. (Precipitation) snow of course never falls in summer in gatlinburg and only happened once in the 1880s during a very cold year. rain is still abundant but falls in the form of afternoon showers which allow for cooler temps to roll in. Overall, summer is warm, breezy and sunnier than any other season with surprisingly low humidity which makes the area quite pleasant in summer with just a few hot days.
Fall: (Temperature) normal days: Hi's 70s/60s/50s Lows 40s/30s, warm days: Hi's 80s Lows 50s/60s, cold days: Hi's 30s-50s Lows 10s-30s. (Precip) Unlike every other season rain is quite sporadic in fall and only falls on a few days. Fall gets far less snow than snow but still a possibility in november and every few years we might get a trace as early as october. Overall, Fall is similar to spring except with less rain and more sunshine.
Gatlinburg is pretty complicated when it comes to weather seing as it can be in the 70s in winter or the 40s in july, but if you want more detail here's some data about Hi's, Lows, rain, snow, etc.
Hi's: Jan: 44, Feb: 51, Mar: 60, Apr: 68, May: 75, Jun: 82, Jul: 84, Aug: 83, Sep: 78, Oct: 69, Nov: 58, Dec: 50
Lows: Jan: 22, Feb: 24, Mar: 32, Apr: 38, May: 48, Jun: 56, Jul: 58, Aug: 57, Sep: 52, Oct: 40, Nov: 33, Dec: 25
Highest temps (Avg not record): Jan: 68, Feb: 72, Mar: 75, Apr: 81, May: 88, Jun: 91, Jul: 93, Aug: 92, Sep: 90, Oct: 81, Nov: 75, Dec: 70
Lowest temps (Avg not record): Jan: 5, Feb: 8, Mar: 14, Apr: 26, May: 35, Jun: 45, Jul: 48, Aug: 47, Sep: 40, Oct: 30, Nov: 18, Dec: 10
Precip: Jan: 4.9, Feb: 4.3, Mar: 5.6, Apr: 4.6, May: 5.1, Jun: 5.8, Jul: 6.1, Aug: 4.8, Sep: 4.4, Oct: 2.6, Nov: 4.6, Dec: 4.3
Snow: Jan: 5.2, Feb: 4.2, Mar: 3.8, Apr: 0.9, May: Trace [June-September None] Oct: 0.1, Nov: 1.2, Dec: 3.2
Sunshine (%): Jan: 38, Feb: 39, Mar: 43, Apr: 56, May: 61, Jun: 63, Jul: 62, Aug: 61, Sep: 60, Oct: 62, Nov: 40, Dec: 37
Gatlinburg Cabin Trips:packing in Early September
Luggage and bags: A small backpack for shopping is great because you can carry your needed items along with a camera and any small gifts you buy. This is more convienent than carrying around a large purse or handbag. Besides if you are like me and need a purse to make your clothes one nuetral color back pack is great.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is very warm in early September. I went September 11th thru the 13th and it was around 75 or 80 during the day and around 60 and night in the upper mountain cabins. Comfortable clothes and shoes is a must. t-shirts, shorts, a pair of jeans and a light jacket for nights, flat shoes or sandals, gym shoes. Dont forget your pajamas. It didnt rain any when we were there but from what I hear it tends to rain unexpectantly , so maybe a rain jacket or poncho
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A first aid kit is very essential on any trip, they sell the small purse sizes, which carry the normal necessities, band aids, gauze pads and alcohol pads. Or you can make your own all you need is band aids or liquid band aid, alcohol pads, gauze pads, antibiotics. DONT FORGET a small bottle of adivil or excedrin, just in case. any vitamins or medicines, makeup and hair needs, shower accessories, body ball, shower gel, body spray deodorant, etc. The cabins by Timber Tops are equipped with towels, wash clothes, and a small hotel size soap.
Photo Equipment: Camera, video camera, binocolors, Dont forget your cell phone.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swim suit is essential because there are in door pools there and most cabins have a hot tub.
Miscellaneous: The timber Top cabins pretty much have everything you need as far as dishes towels and so forth. I always take an oil burner with scented oils, some pool shock for the hot tub because our hot tub smelled like mildew so add about 1.5 oz of pool shock to the hottub to get rid of the smell and this also assures that it is clean before you get in. I take some scented hot tub pouches you can find these in the garden area at most walmarts. The cabins have some board games but if you have some favorites take them, Ipod, and maybe a mini ipod speaker system, salt & pepper, spirits, I took my bb gun with some targets because thats the perfect place to shoot it, out in the open woods. any food items you may want, water, Ice, aluminum foil. The cabins also are equipped with grill some have gas and others have charcoal grills so be sure to see which one yours will have and take charcoal, I prefer the the kind that doesnt need lighter fluid, less things to carry. a lighter, chargers for your cameras, cell phone and ipod.Have fun
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