When summer comes to a close, few things are more exciting than a fall weekend getaway on the horizon. Somehow, the reality that winter is about to settle in for many long months doesn't really sink in until after a trip to see the fall foliage, drink an apple cider cocktail, or lounge around by a fireplace. Whether you're checking in to a lodge in upstate New York, a resort in the Colorado mountains, or a spa on the California coast, you'll need the right fall travel wardrobe to make your trip a breeze.
What is the secret to the perfect weekend packing list? Choosing items that are versatile enough to mix and match. To start, you need three pairs of shoes (max!): sneakers, a sleek heel, and maybe a hiking boot or bootie. Then, three bottoms: a pair of jeans, leggings, and a slip skirt. For tops, choose a combination of a cashmere sweater, white tee, and a sleek silk top. A sporty jacket and a more versatile casual one will ensure you stay warm, and a few essentials like pajamas and underwear complete the list. Read on for the ultimate fall weekend packing list to see how you can mix and match these basics into a multitude of outfits.
A Weekender Bag
First things first, your luggage. Think you can't fit a whole weekend's worth of outfits in a duffel bag? We'll prove you wrong.
A Cashmere Sweater
No fall weekend wardrobe is complete without the perfect cozy sweater. We love opting for a light neutral like cream to ensure it will mix and match with a variety of outfits.
A Slip Skirt
A simple silk skirt can be dressed down with a tee and sneakers during the day and dressed up at night with a pair of sleek black mules and a cashmere sweater.
A Bomber Jacket
Have you ever seen a cozier-looking jacket? What we love about this one is that it can pair just as well with a slip skirt at night as with a pair of legging during the day.
Travel with a pair of sneakers that you can wear with your more casual outfits but also work out in.
A Pair of Jeans
No need to pack a ton of pants, just your favorite pair of jeans will do. Pair it with a white tee, a cozy sweater, or a sleek top, and you'll have three outfits already.
A White T-Shirt
A simple white tee is the ultimate staple of travel outfits, as it pairs with almost anything.
Always pack one pair of heels because you'll never know when you'll need them. A simple pair of black mules will work beautifully with your silk skirt or jeans to elevate any outfit.
A Silk Top
If you're going away for a weekend, you'll have two evening outfits to plan. Pack a simple silk top to pair with a pair of jeans and sleek mules for a casual but chic date-night option.
A Mini Bag
Bring a versatile bag that you can use from day to night, and that has both a handle and a shoulder strap. Pick one on the smaller size—you're on vacation, you basically only need your phone, wallet, and a lip balm.
An Outdoors Jacket
A Barbour jacket is the ultimate fall weekend getaway staple. Buy one now, keep it forever.
A Pair of Leggings
If you love traveling in leggings, choose a pair you can also work out in (and pack the matching workout bra).
If you're traveling anywhere where there are mountains or hiking trails, pack a pair of hiking boots you can also wear during the day with a simple pair of leggings and a cozy sweater.
Forgetting your headphones (or any other electronics or chargers) is catastrophic if you're flying to your destination. So pack a small pouch filled with all your tech essentials.
A Hanky Panky set (or two) in every neutral color is a surefire way to ensure you won't run out of the right underwear for every outfit.
A Pajama Set
Don't forget to pick a pajama! We love Journelle's Laure cami and shorts for a casual but chic option.