Fall is a beautiful time to travel! The leaves are all colors, the mornings are crisp, and the afternoons warm up nicely. But I have to admit, fall is probabaly the hardest season to pack for, and it has a few other challenges as well! But never fear. I have some tips for you to make sure your fall getaway is a success!
1. Layer Up
This one seems obvious, but I really hate having to bring layers! It’s the antithesis of packing light. But no matter what, every fall, I pack those layers–and you should, too! I have found, however, that two thin-to-medium layers can be just as effective as bulkier, large layers, so it’s all about perspective, I suppose!
More here on my Packing Page!
2. Pack Multi-functional Clothes
The best way to pack light in the fall is to pack multi-functional clothes! A stretchy pencil skirt can be an infinity scarf, and so can a kimono! The leggings you wore on the plane can be running pants the next day. Get creative!
More here: What Every Woman Should Pack for Every Trip
3. Be Ready for Rain or Shine
I’ve been on fall escapes that were dreary and overcast, and others that were gorgeous with not a cloud in the sky. And still others with a mix of both! Bring an umbrella, bring a poncho, and while you’re at it, bring sunscreen and sunglasses, too! Be prepared for any weather so you’re not disappointed.
Helpfu info: How to Overcome Rainy Day Travels
4. Check Out Off-peak Destinations
One excellent part of traveling in fall is that you can often find deals! Hawaii may not have an “off” season, but it is far less crowded in the fall than it is in the summer and around major holidays! Most of Europe is fair game as well, since their own travel season is over. National Parks also experience a lull in visitors in the fall. So grab a National Park passport and start checking some off your list!
Get the scoop: How to Find Cheap Flights
5. Remember Mother Nature is Not on Your Schedule
If you’re looking for peak fall leaf color, don’t stress out about it too much! We got incredibly lucky on our trip to Stowe, Vermont, a couple of years ago when we happened to catch an early peak foliage weekend. Just last year, we ended up in Salzburg just as the leaves were turning–not yet peak bloom, but still gorgeous! You can’t count on Mother Nature’s cooperation, so unless you have incredible flexibility in your travels, just shoot for October and enjoy whatever you get with that!
Check out our amazing trip to Salzburg in fall!
Want more? Check out tips for traveling in all seasons on my Travel Tips Page!
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