Trip Planning: Tennessee

In less than two weeks, I will be heading to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a few days, and then moving on to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Mike and I will be driving the nine hours to meet up with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece there.  We are spending two nights in Chattanooga to visit with my mom’s side of the family that lives there.  I’ve been to Chattanooga a couple times before, so I’m excited to go back to this beautiful city!  From there, our three-car caravan will drive three hours up to Gatlinburg, to a cabin near the Smokey Mountains.  The gorgeous log cabin that we’re staying in has three bedrooms, an idyllic porch with a mountain view, a hot tub, and a pool table.  I have purposefully not planned anything for while we’re in Tennessee, mostly because I don’t want to drive my family crazy with my overambitious to-do lists.  I am so excited to get away from the city for a few days to relax, hike and enjoy the outdoors.  This will also be my first trip with this camera, so I’m hoping to get some good photos of the scenery.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been on a family vacation, and I couldn’t be happier that we’re finally making up for lost time.  Tennessee here we come!

Here is what I’m packing:


  • (2) pairs of jeans
  • (1) dress
  • (2) pairs of shorts
  • (1) pair of leggings
  • (2) pajamas
  • (4) t-shirts
  • (2) blouses
  • (1) swim suit
  • (2) tank tops
  • (1) sweatshirt
  • (8) underwear
  • (3) bras
  • (7) pairs of socks


  • (1) pair of gym shoes
  • (1) pair or flats
  • (2) pairs of sandals


  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Make-Up Bag with the essentials
  • Deodorant
  • Paul Mitchell Texturing Sea Spray
  • Make Up Remover Wipes
  • Allergy medicine
  • Sunscreen

Everything Else:

  • My Nikon D3300 with battery charger
  • iPad
  • Audiobook TBD
  • Phone Charger
  • Pencils and Pencil Sharpener
  • Notebook
  • “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” by Joan Didion
  • Car SnacksTennessee Packing List, RebeccaWanderlusting

Have you been to either of these two Tennessee cities?  Do you have any recommendations?

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