What to Pack for a Fall Vacation

Couple packing for a holiday

Thought summer was the best and only time to go on vacation? Think again. Summer might be the most popular season for travel, but that doesn’t make it the be-all end-all.

Autumn offers a host of advantages as a vacation season. For one, most people are vacationing in the summer, which means that by being smart and saving you vacation days for the next season after, you can avoid crowds, lines, and traffic jams when heading to especially popular vacation getaway spots. On top of that, you skip the overbearing heat of summer and the biting chill of winter by choosing a milder season to travel in.

The chief downside? The weather. While overall mild, yes, the problem with fall weather is its unpredictability. The temperature can change at the drop of a hat, and a clear sky can cloud over and start storming before you even realize it’s happening. So if you’re being smart and beating the crowds and the heat by traveling in autumn, Vine Vera has some tips for helping you pack for the unpredictable weather you’ll undoubtedly face on your trip.

Dual-Layer Jacket
Considering that fall weather can change from chilly to cool within the day, you want a jacket that can multitask. Look for a jacket comprised of two layers: a soft fabric liner and a sheer, waterproof, hooded outer shell. These layers will generally zip or button together, and you can wear the full 2-layer jacket for chilling cold, the liner alone for a relatively cool afternoon, or the shell alone to fend off a light drizzle.

Woman wearing a sweater.

A Thin Sweater
You’ll want at least one thin, simple sweater for your trip. Layering is the key to success in fall weather, because you can add or subtract layers as necessary to deal with changes in weather. The secret strength to the simple, thin sweater is that it’s discreet enough to be worn as an under-layer for just about anything, but cute enough to be worn on top of a shirt or sweatshirt.

Lightweight, Waterproof Shoes
Heavy boots take up too much space and make your suitcase weigh a ton, but simple tennis shoes easily get soaked in autumnal puddles and rainstorms. The solution is to find a lightweight pair of waterproof shoes; wear them with thick socks for warmth and you’ll never miss the heavy-duty rainboots while you’re away.

Woman wearing a scarf

Scarves
Packing two or three pretty scarves is a great way to kill two birds with one stone by giving you an optional add-on to any outfit you can add or remove as the weather dictates, and a couple cute accessories to add some charm to any outfit, all while taking up a relatively small amount of suitcase space!

Leggings
Hardly taking up any space at all, and not weighing much to boot, leggings are a great way to functionally accessorize your fall skirt and sweater combo with something that can be added for warmth or removed for cooling off, as needed. For bonus points, try seasonally appropriate red or orange leggings with an otherwise neutral outfit for fun fall coloration, and consider a matching scarf if you’re really in the mood for autumnal accessories.

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