What to Pack for Nashville: The Ultimate Checklist

January 6, 2020

Nashville attracts visitors from all over the world due its laidback culture, musical roots, and historic monuments.

Featuring countless attractions, there is something to do for each visitor.

But no matter what calls to you or who you're traveling with, everyone needs to pack, and that can feel overwhelming. Well, we've got you covered. Take the stress out of preparing for your trip by discovering what to pack for Nashville below.

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Visiting Nashville

Get into the city mindset when it comes to considering what to pack for Nashville. While it's definitely far more easygoing than cities like NYC or Boston, Nashville is still fairly populated with residents and tourists alike. Because of this, you can find comfort and the essentials at an abundance of hotels in the area.

To make sure you're ready for your Southern getaway, begin with this Nashville packing list:


Depending on the season, you'll either need to layer up or consider looser, lighter clothing. From April to October, average temperatures vary from the lower 70s to the high 80s, with lows in the high 40s to high 60s at night. Alternatively, from November to March, visitors can expect temperatures to range from the lower 20s to high 50s. Like with any vacation, check the local weather forecast before you start packing.

Bring these clothing items to ensure a comfortable vacation:

  • Undergarments
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Sweatshirts/Sweaters
  • Pajamas
  • Wool socks (winter)
  • Socks
  • Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hat/Beanie
  • Gloves/Scarf (winter)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
What to Pack for Nashville

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Wondering what to pack for Nashville when it comes to toiletries? Note that most hotels provide guests with complimentary bath amenities among other services. Because of this, you may not even need to pack shampoo, conditioner, and/or soap. If you're worried, you can call ahead and ask the front desk which services your hotel offers.

With that in mind, consider bringing these toiletries on your trip:

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Eyewear
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Face Wash
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair Products
  • Personal Medicines

Outdoor Gear

Nashville’s parks are beautiful and provide respite in the urban landscape. You can even go on night hikes offered by parks such as the Warner Park Nature Center, Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, and Bells Bend Nature Park. So if you're looking to get outside, make certain you're prepared.

Here is a potential outdoor packing list:

  • Daypack
  • Bug Spray
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Hammock
  • Sports Equipment


Depending on how you plan to spend your trip, you may need to bring a few other items. Consider adding these items to your packing list:

  • Camera and Extra Batteries/Charger
  • Books
  • Laptop and Charger
  • Extra Luggage to Bring Home Souvenirs
  • Cell Phone Charger

Use this list to ensure you pack all of the essentials, and of course, add whatever else you may need to make sure you have the best trip.

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Create Your Perfect Nashville Packing List

Have you visited Nashville recently? What items did you bring that you found helpful? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. You could also bring some snacks for the road-trip or a couple extra bucks to get something on the way (ex. Something from the bucees station like I did on my last trip!)

  2. My Nashville town is super fun and easy going. While you’re there, I suggest you make some time for things you won’t see anywhere else, like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, the Parthenon, or plan to take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry or Nashville’s church, the Roman Auditorium which is conveniently just walking distance from the downtown strip. You won’t regret it and you’ll get a real taste of what Country Music USA really has to offer.

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