8 Items to Pack for the Unpredictable Fall Weather

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Last Updated on November 30, 2020

Leaves falling off trees and highly unpredictable weather are probably the two main characteristics of the fall.
If you’re planning to travel during this season, you will certainly have a hard time making your travel packing list. Sure, there are many reliable weather apps and services that can give you a rough idea of how the weather will be like in your travel destination during your entire stay. But it’s only a prediction – and the greater the time gap, the more margin of error a forecast has. 
Fortunately, there are some key travel packing tips that can help you out and make sure that you are not caught off guard while you are away on your trip. Let’s check them out:

8. High-quality umbrella

Not taking a reliable, portable, high-quality umbrella in your suitcase is perhaps the number one packing mistake you could make. There will likely be a very rainy and windy day during your fall trip, so you’ll want to be properly prepared for it. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a cheap umbrella somewhere and it will probably break apart at the slightest gust of wind. 

7. Waterproof poncho

This isn’t exactly the most fashionable fall travel outfit out there. Still, it can be a lifesaver in some specific situations. And these ponchos are actually pretty cheap, there’s no reason at all not to buy one or two of them.

The best thing is that you can easily fit a waterproof poncho inside your suitcase since normally these items can be folded multiple times to a very small form – so you won’t have to worry about finding extra space for it. If there is a high probability of raining heavily in the middle of the day, it may also be a good idea to carry this item in your bag or backpack.

6. Comfortable, waterproof boots

Packing a pair of your most comfortable footwear is a travel tip that you should follow no matter what kind of trip you are going to take and at what time of the year you are going to do it. It’s absolutely essential.

But when the trip is scheduled in the fall, lightweight comfortable shoes are just not good enough. They also need to be waterproof. After all, nothing is more annoying than walking around with wet feet and socks. We also recommend boots to keep your feet properly warm.

5. Use multiple layers of clothing

Instead of packing a winter coat and two or three thick, wool sweaters that are extremely bulky and take a lot of space inside your suitcase, take advantage of layers. Wearing a shirt, a sweater, and a coat allows you to be comfortable in multiple weather scenarios. Sure, you might have to carry around one of your pieces of clothing in your hands every once in a while, but at least it isn’t something heavy and you won’t be too hot nor too cold. 

Wearing multiple layers of clothing is definitely the best option when the weather is highly unpredictable and can vary greatly throughout the day. Dress smart!

4. Tights

This is a very useful tip for women. Tights are a very versatile piece of clothing, which makes them the perfect warm travel clothes for a trip in the fall. On warm days, you can wear a pair of tights and a dress or skirt combo, and on cold days you can wear them underneath your pants for an extra layer of warmth. Very clever, right?

3. Versatile jacket

As we have already mentioned, heavy winter coats are not suitable for this traveling scenario. They will keep your body warm and cozy during the coldest periods of the day, but as soon as the temperature rises, you will have to carry a bulky item of clothing in your hand for the rest of the day. Choose a versatile jacket that is both lightweight and warm enough to keep you comfortable when the temperature drops.

If you want to step up your game, you can also buy a multitasking jacket; this is the term used to describe those ingenious jackets that convert from a warm coat to a light jacket through Velcro or zipper systems. They are perfect for frequent travelers who like to spend an entire day exploring outdoor attractions.

2. Scarf

A scarf can make all the difference to protect the neck and chest, two parts of the body that are usually quite exposed to cold and wind. And the cool thing is that when the temperature rises, a scarf won’t bother you that much. You can just hang around your neck (without winding it).

If you are traveling to a place that gets very cold early in the morning, you should also consider packing a pair of gloves and a wool cap. The gloves are especially important because we all know how uncomfortable it is to have ice-cold hands.

1. Sunscreen and hydrating lipstick

That’s right. Most people don’t even think about these two items while packing for a trip, especially when they know they won’t spend any time at the beach. But sunscreen and hydrating lipstick are always vital if you want to take good care of your skin and keep it in great shape. 

Sunscreen is a product that you should use every day, and not just during the summer as most people think. Just because many clouds are covering the sun, that doesn’t mean UV radiation doesn’t get through them to damage your skin. You’ll also be glad to have hydrating lipstick since your lips may become chapped due to the fall wind.
If you want to pack your travel bag like a pro, you must avoid all packing mistakes – so don’t forget your sunscreen and hydrating lipstick. 

To sum up, the most important thing is to take pieces of clothing that offer some versatility and that are not too heavy and clumsy to carry in your hands during the hottest hours of the day.

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