7 Things You Don’t Want to Forget to Pack for Hiking in the Smoky Mountains
Do you find yourself wondering what to pack for hiking in the Smoky Mountains? Everyone knows it’s important to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, but what about all of those other things you need while you’re out on the trails? We’ve put together a list of 7 things you definitely don’t want to forget to pack in your backpack when you’re hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here’s some things you may need while you’re hiking:
1. Plenty of Water & Snacks
You want to make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks for when you hit the trails. With the cooler weather, it’s important to stay hydrated and energized while you’re out in the mountains. If you’re hiking with children, you’ll definitely want to remember snacks, too, because there’s a good chance you’ll be taking lots of snack breaks along the way!
2. Map of the National Park
Although there are plenty of signs that direct hikers throughout the national park, it’s always safe to have a map on hand. If you forget a map, the national park visitor centers all have maps for as little as $1.00.
A compass pairs perfectly with the map! You’re better to be safe when you’re out in the mountains and a compass can get you pointed in the right direction – just in case!
4. Extra Socks
It may seem like a strange item to pack in your backpack, but sometimes hikers have to step through puddles or small streams to get from point A to point B. You’ll especially want the extra socks if you’re taking any of the Gatlinburg waterfall hikes. Just in case your socks get wet (because we all know how miserable it is to hike with wet feet), go ahead and toss an extra pair into your backpack.
5. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is another one of those “just in case” items to keep handy. Your new shoes may give you blisters or you may accidentally scrape your knee when you take a rugged path. It’s best to be prepared when you’re not hiking close to visitor centers. Once you’re out in the mountains, it can be quite a trek back to somewhere with any first aid items.
During the day, you may be hiking in a shady area, but that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining on your face. Be aware that the sun shines throughout the Smokies and a little bit of sunscreen can really keep your face protected.
7. Flashlights & Fire Starters
For any unexpected late nights in the mountains, matches can help you build a fire for warmth and cooking. You may not plan to be in the mountains after the sun sets, but having a flashlight keeps you prepared for any situation – even one you may not expect.
Tell us what you pack for hiking!
Did we forget anything on our list? In the comments below, tell us what you always pack for hiking in Gatlinburg!