No matter where you are from or who you plan on going with, there is nothing better than planning a fun weekend getaway. This is especially true if your weekend getaway takes place during fall. Fall weekend getaways are the perfect opportunity to see the leaves changing colors, feel the crisp fall air, and get away from it all. But one thing that is almost as important as choosing a great weekend destination is planning out what to pack. Packing must-have pieces can make or break your trip, and there is nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing you did not bring the proper items or clothing. Simple things such as a black umbrella, comfy shoes, a light jacket, a blanket, and some spending cash will allow you to have the best trip possible.
1. Protection from the Elements
When planning a fall weekend getaway, it is essential to make sure you are ready for whatever weather mother nature throws at you. Adding a black umbrella to your weekend bag is a choice you will never regret. Whether the weather forecast shows chances of rain, wind, or sunshine, a black umbrella can protect you from the elements. The neutrality of a black umbrella makes them great for use by men and women, and it will go with your outfit no matter what you wear. Weighing in at less than one pound, a black umbrella is something you should never leave at home this fall.
2. Shoes with Sole
When traveling, it is vital to pack comfy shoes you can wear all weekend long. Try to think ahead and plan what activities you expect to participate in. Sneakers are the way to go if you expect to be doing excessive walking or some sort of physical activity. For outdoor activities, such as hiking or climbing, a pair of lace-up boots may be the best option. Almost as equally important as the shoes you wear is pairing them with a suitable pair of socks. If you are wearing a new pair of shoes, it may be wise to bring a thicker pair of socks with you. Thick socks will help reduce the chances of painful blisters forming on the heel or ankle.
3. Focus on Lightweight Layers
One of the best things about fall is the cool, crisp weather that comes in the mornings and evenings. During the day, it is not uncommon for temperatures to rise, making layers something you will never regret wearing. Bringing along a utility jacket or waterproof raincoat will allow you to dress warmly in the morning, then take it off later in the afternoon as it starts to get warmer. If you are out all day and into the evening time, you can pop the jacket back on if you need to. Layering with a light coat will save you from having to take unnecessary trips back to wherever you are staying to constantly change clothes, which means more time exploring and having fun while away.
4. Bring the Coziness of Home
If there is one thing every fall weekend getaway must have, it is time spent outside at a campfire, fire pit, or outdoor fireplace. But even with the warmth of the fire, sometimes the cool fall air is just a little too chilly. That is why grabbing a cozy blanket to bring along is a great plan. You can use the blanket to warm up while sitting outside at a fire, take a nap if you are on a road trip as a passenger, or just to sleep with for a little piece of home while you are away. Then, when you return home, toss the blanket in the wash for a refresh; it will be as good as new.
5. Always Grab Some Cash
While it may seem like a dated suggestion, bringing cash with you to travel is always intelligent. Imagine you are in the middle of your road trip, but it is time to fill up your car with gas. You go to look in your wallet to grab a credit card, but it is no longer in your wallet. You then recall opening a drink tab at dinner the night before with your friend, but you never closed it out. Instead of experiencing complete panic about how you will pay for gas, take some of your emergency cash to fill up. Taking emergency cash is also smart, as banks sometimes freeze your debit or credit cards if suspicious charges are detected. Knowing that you have money provides a safety net if you are caught in an unfortunate situation.
While it may seem like an easy task to pack for a fall weekend getaway, some thoughtful planning can go a long way in making your trip more enjoyable. Packing the proper clothing, footwear, and other must-have items meant for fall weather will let you spend more time focusing on where you are, who you are there with, and the memories you make while away.