When summer comes to a close, few things are more exciting than a fall weekend getaway. Somehow, the reality that winter is about to settle in for many long months doesn't really sink in until you take 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, so we curated a weekend packing list to help you out.
The secret to the perfect weekend packing list is 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, select 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 fall outfits.
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.
No fall weekend wardrobe is complete without the perfect cozy sweater. We love opting for a light neutral to ensure it will mix and match with a variety of outfits.
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 classic bomber jacket is a fall must-have. 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.
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 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.
If you're going away for a weekend, you'll have two evening outfits to plan. Pack a simple silk top to style with a pair of jeans and sleek mules for a casual but chic date-night option.
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, so you basically only need your phone, wallet, and a lip balm.
A Barbour jacket is the ultimate fall weekend getaway staple. Buy one now, keep it forever.
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.
Don't forget to pick a pajama! We love Journelle's Laure cami and shorts for a casual but chic option.