A Packing Guide For Fall Travel
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A Packing Guide For Fall Travel

Fall ushers in an array of sunset leaves, shorter days, and more unpredictable weather. In order to properly enjoy your autumn travels, it's important to be prepared for all sorts of environments, from warm days to unexpectedly cold nights. Whether you’re staying somewhere local or jetting off to a prime leaf-peeping destination, here’s a packing guide for your fall travels.


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As the weather starts to become a bit more unpredictable, it’s a good idea to layer your clothing so you’re ready for any climate. Here are a few perfect layering items to bring along on your autumn adventures.

Travel Scarf

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A scarf is one of the best accessories for layering, and works in virtually any climate. This particular scarf has a secret pocket to keep a passport and other important documents safe and sound while you’re out and about.

Warm Jacket

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Bringing a warm jacket when you’re trying to pack light can be difficult, which is why it's essential to bring along a layer that can easily pack down. Nothing beats the Patagonia Nano Puff for versatility and size. It’s not only lightweight and warm — it also squeezes down into a tiny ball when stored away.


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A pair of moisture wicking wool socks is a great addition to your fall packing list. They keep your feet cool when it's hot, warm when it's cold, and most of all, dry in all weather conditions. These socks are perfect for all those trails you’re going to hike in pursuit of some colorful leaves.


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Packing hats can be a bit of a nightmare. Luckily, packable hats have come a long way in recent years. This one rolls up into a handy cylindrical shape that’s easily packed, and unfolds into a stylish felt fedora. It’s the perfect compliment to any cute fall outfit.

Rain Gear

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Fall weather can be a mixed bag. Temperatures are constantly fluctuating, and precipitation is beginning to blow in more regularly for many destinations. Make sure you’re prepared for those spells of wind and rain on your next trip with essential rain gear.

Rain Jacket (Men's, Women’s)

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A rain jacket is an essential on any trip, but especially useful from September to November in most of the Northern Hemisphere. Columbia is still the top choice for rain jackets that not only keep you dry and cozy when it starts to sprinkle, but are also easily packed into everything from backpacks to suitcases.

Rain Boots

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Keep your feet safe from moisture by bringing along a pair of insulated rain boots. If you’re traveling by air, don’t worry about trying to pack your footwear away —you can wear these stylish galoshes on the plane to avoid taking up too much space in your luggage.


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This umbrella is less than 12 inches long and very light,  making it the perfect, packable accessory for surprise rain showers. It is also windproof and provides UV protection. Win, win.


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Packing the right footwear is crucial to an enjoyable trip. Whether you’re going for a hike or strolling around town, here are our choices for the best fall footwear.

Waterproof, Thermal Boots

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Blundstones have a cult following, and for good reason. With both waterproof and insulated options, these boots aren’t just fashionable — they’re practical, too! If you can stomach the hefty price tag, these boots are said to last a lifetime.

Comfy Tennis Shoes

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Made from breathable, lightweight eucalyptus fibers, Allbirds tennis shoes have often been touted as the best travel sneakers around. Many travelers claim that these are the most comfortable shoes they own, which make them perfect for being on your feet and wandering all day. Allbirds even have wool runners to keep your feet cozy and dry if you don’t want to pack boots.

Leaf Peeping Accessories

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Autumn is the perfect time for outdoor activities like apple picking, star gazing, and of course, leaf peeping. Here are some packing suggestions to accompany your fall foliage frenzy.

Insulated Mug

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An insulated mug is the perfect addition to your leaf peeping explorations. Bring along a warm cup of cocoa or hot apple cider to keep you cozy and hydrated.


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A fall foliage kit wouldn’t be complete without a set of good binoculars. These are both high-powered and easy to fit in your pocket or purse.

Bug Spray

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Autumn is often still warm enough for mosquitoes to prevail. Keep them at bay by bringing along these TSA-approved bottles of bug spray.


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Chasing colorful leaves often means partaking in a hike or two to reach prime viewing locations. Bring along a daypack to carry all your essential items and to pack all those delicious autumn farmer’s market finds.

Cozy Blanket

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Fall often calls for fun seasonal activities, but there’s no need to brave the chilly outdoors without bringing some of the comforts of home along. Having a cozy blanket to snuggle up on a mountain ridge or around the bonfire will help enhance the experience. Rumpl blankets pack up small so you can get toasty after a hard day's hike.

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