So you’re headed to the mountains for a relaxing getaway and are wondering, “what should I wear and what do I pack?” Depending on the season, that will vary but for the purposes of this article, we will be concentrating on the warmer weather. Checking the forecast before you come is a must and knowing what activities you will be involved in will help you plan and pack accordingly. If you are choosing to stay with us in one of our beautiful cabins and are not planning on venturing out, then some comfy sweats will do just fine.
Here are some suggestions on what to pack for your mountain getaway:
- Activity Gear – If you plan on going hiking, make sure you pack comfortable shoes, hiking poles and a small backpack with the essentials you will need for your hike. A great place to check out before you come is North Georgia Mountain Outfitters. They have everything you will need for your hiking adventure from quality clothes to equipment, supplies and the know-how to use it. They are very familiar with the trails, streams and rural byways around our region and are more than willing to share all their knowledge. Even if you’re not going hiking, make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you will do a lot of walking with all the specialty shops and antique stores abound in all the little mountain towns.
- Bug Spray! – Don’t forget the bug spray! We do have some pests up in the mountains and if you will be enjoying the outdoors, then you will not want to be without your spray.
- Sunscreen – Don’t be fooled by being up in the mountains. You can burn just as easily up here as if you were down in Florida.
- Phones, Cameras Action! – Of course the whole point of a relaxing vacation is to try and leave technology behind. However, for those of us that use our phones to take pictures and videos or laptops to do some work, be warned. Often you will be in areas where there is no internet access and no phone access.
- Grilling Items and Firewood – Make sure you check with your cabin rental company to confirm whether or not your cabin has a grill and if so, is it charcoal or propane. Do you need to bring the charcoal or any grill brushes etc. Is propane supplied for the grill? Also, if you’re planning on sitting by the fire at night, ask if they supply firewood and goodness sake, don’t forget the s’mores!
- Get Exploring! – If you’re going to venture off and go exploring, make sure to bring, water bottles, sunglasses, hats, binoculars and maps….paper maps!! A compass is a great idea too. Trust me, it’s easy to get turned around in the mountains and think you’re going in one direction only to end up somewhere completely different and google maps will not help you get back to where you started with no internet access.
- Kitchen Items – Most cabins come completely stocked with everything you will need in the kitchen and some also provide starter paper products for the bathroom. However, I would suggest picking up extra toilet paper, Kleenex and paper towels. Also, dish washing detergent or dishwasher cubes and paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils if you want easy cleanup. Aluminum foil is also an item frequently forgotten.
- Other Essentials – Don’t forget your swimsuit! Whether you’re relaxing in the hot tub or make a trip to the lake or beach. Also, a corkscrew for that bottle of wine, coffee filters for sure and of course your own pillow and if you’re like my husband, a fan! Water shoes if you’re going kayaking or white water rafting, golf clubs and of course fishing poles and tackle box. Cash is a good idea too just in case you pass by a little fruit stand or want to try the famous boiled peanuts stands all over the area.
- Emergency items – It’s always good to be prepared for anything that can happen. Make sure you bring insurance cards, medications and a first aid kit. For in the mountains, you might need matches, a lighter, paper products, a case of water to keep in the car and snacks. If you’re going hiking, make sure you check out what emergency supplies you may need.
- A Sense of Adventure – Bring it!! There is so much to do up in the mountains, from local festivals, fishing on the lakes and streams, white water rafting, zip lining, hiking the Appalachian Trail, swimming or just browsing the local downtown areas. Don’t miss any of it!
Here are a few handy-dandy tips you should be aware of:
- Make sure you get the directions to your cabin from your rental company. Use these and NOT your GPS!! As I said before, it’s quite normal for your GPS on your phone to go out in the mountains and with most cabins situated high up in the mountains, using the directions provided by those who have driven the route many times is your safest bet in getting to your cabin. Likewise, if you’re staying in a motel, get directions from the motel as well.
- Bring all necessary paperwork or confirmation numbers as well as contact numbers for family etc. If your phone does not work at the cabin or motel, you will not be able to be reached. Let family know this so they don’t panic. Plan to contact family members when you are down in the towns or thru a messaging app. When we were at one of the cabins in the mountains, we had no phone service but were able to use Facebook Messenger to communicate with family.
- Plan for the weather. The mountains can go from hot to cool and wet to dry very quickly. So watch the weather and make sure to bring all appropriate clothing.
- Lastly, the greatest tip of all – Have Fun!!
- Now that you know what to pack on your trip, here are a few of our beautiful cabins available for your stay. Please go to our website for a full listing of all our available cabins.