What to Pack for Quick Getaways (Fall Weather)

Friday, September 19, 2014

In less than a week, I'm going on a trip into the city, and I'm so excited about it! Plus, where I'm going should be slightly cooler since it's finally Fall.

I really love traveling in the Fall because of the change of season. Colors change, temperatures drop, and it's just fun to see towns and cities when they aren't so crowded during the summer. Plus, this trip is technically my birthday trip, which I'm really excited about. :)

In anticipation of this upcoming trip, I thought I'd write up a Fall version of a post I did last month. So, without further ado, here's what I like to pack for quick getaways in slightly cooler weather!

(Quick disclaimer: The clothes I'm showing here as examples reflect my personal style. Feel free to change, add, and subtract items to fit your style or destination. Also, guys can use some of these tips too! [Well, except for the super girly makeup/beauty stuff, but hey, we all need chapstick, right?])

Packing for Quick Getaways: Fall Weather

Clothing Items/Accessories:

  • Button-up shirts - I'm excited to wear some button-up shirts on this trip, just because of the fact that they're so comfortable when the weather gets cooler. I highly recommend packing button-ups for how warm they can be, especially during the Fall when weather can be kind of unpredictable depending on your destination. They come in so many fun colors these days, and they're wonderful and versatile to travel in.
  • Graphic tees - Because the weather can still be a little warm, I like packing and wearing fun graphic tees. Again, they're super versatile and comfortable, especially on the plane and during big driving/train days. (Also, if you're going to any sporting events, have fun with team shirts!)
  • Jeans & Leggings - Jeans and thicker leggings are a great idea to pack for Fall trips because of the fact that they can take you from day to night, even when it gets cooler as the sun goes down. This is really handy when you're out sightseeing all day and want to see some locations lit up at night.
  • Layers - With the coming of Fall comes the need for layers like cardigans. I like to pack at least a couple of layers just so I can mix and match with whatever outfits I plan out. Jacket-wise, I like cardigans and utility jackets. As for layerable accessories, I like to pack a scarf, too, just in case the weather gets colder than expected (and because they look really cute, not gonna lie!).
  • Shoes - I'm honestly torn on what shoes I'm going to pack for this particular trip, but whatever I do decide on will be shoes that I know are comfortable for walking around a city all day.
  • Fun Jewelry - On quick getaways, I love bringing bright and fun jewelry to wear. Jewelry adds instant interest to an outfit, even with just one piece like a statement necklace.
Stuff for the Carry-On Bag
  • Backpack - I'm still a firm believer in the backpack. I love having easy access to everything I need and being able to carry it easily when I have to lug it from the car to the airport to the hotel and back again.
  • Makeup bag - Load this with all of your makeup goodies and essentials. Don't forget cleansing wipes and hair ties!
  • Lip Balm/Chapstick - Bring your trusty lip balm and/or chapstick to prevent chapped lips, especially if you're going someplace drier. Also, it's important to bring a brand you trust, because the last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to it.
  • Nail Polish - I always like to bring the polish I'm wearing while I travel, just so I can touch it up if need be. I'm planning on wearing something sparkly in commemoration of turning 23 next month. :)
  • Headphones - I mentioned this in the last packing post, but quality headphones are one of the best investments you'll ever make when buying travel gear. Find a great pair that works for you. :)
  • Phone - For calling, texting, taking travel pictures, and Instagram. ;)
  • iPad - I have an episode of Doctor Who on it, ready to go for this trip! (I'll either read books on my iPad or take a physical novel, depending on what I'm reading)
  • Small crossbody bag or clutch - I always like to take a small bag to carry with me during the day, and I keep my essentials inside it. If you're traveling by plane, make sure that you put this inside your personal item (such as your backpack) if you're carrying on all your luggage (something I highly recommend).

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