Going on vacation isn’t only a summer event. In fact, there are tons of places all across the country that are even better in the fall.
But, in order to get the most out of your fall vacation, you need to know what to pack.
Depending on your location, it’s not as simple as tossing a few swimsuits in your luggage and calling it a day. You might have to bridge a number of temperature variations that can be hard to plan for over the course of a few days.
We’re here to help.
We want to let you know our best tips on what to pack for a fall vacation. This way you can be comfortable during your trip — and not have to carry extra luggage.
Before You Go
First, prepare a bit before you head off on your trip. The main thing you need to look at is what the weather is going to be at your destination.
November in New England can have very different weather compared to Florida, so you’ll need to account for that. Another thing to think about is what you’re planning on doing during your trip.
If you’re going to be outside a lot and active in nature then you’ll have different concerns versus those exploring a city.
So take a few minutes and think about that stuff before you pack.
Packing for a Fall Vacation
Ok, now let’s get to the meat of it, packing. Most people tend to overpack, which can end up being costly if you have to pay extra baggage fees.
So there are a few tips to consider as you get your stuff together.
One of the best things you can do is focus on wearing lots of layers on your trip. That way, you can comfortably wear jeans and a tee-shirt during a sunny day, but you can add a few layer pieces for the occasional chilly night. Layers can also help you save space in your luggage. Tripling up on short or long sleeve t-shirts means you might only need one cardigan or hoodie as your warmer layer on top.
Think Day to Night
In an ideal world, you want to bring clothing that can have multiple purposes, especially helping to transition from a casual day look to a nicer (or warmer) night outfit. It never hurts to use a few accessories to help your look. Think about adding an extra scarf or pashmina that can be warm and look nice too.
Skip the Sandals
Don’t go overboard packing shoes if you can avoid it. A great and comfortable pair of casual shoes, nice boots, or ballet flats can be perfect for day to night looks. If you go with sneakers, try to go with a look that’s more lifestyle vs sporty, they look great and you don’t have to worry about blisters!
In a lot of places, fall can mean more rain. You don’t want to be caught out sopping wet during the day, that’s not fun. So if that’s something you’re going to face in your vacation spot, be prepared. Pack a lightweight rain jacket in your luggage that can serve as an extra layer. Also, consider a small travel-sized umbrella that’s easy to carry and try using a waterproofing spray on your shoes.
When you spend a little time ahead of your trip planning out your packing and what you’re going to wear, you can save a lot of stress and headaches during your vacation. That means more time to enjoy your trip — and some extra room in your luggage for souvenirs!