This morning, I woke up to the first day of fall in a beautiful hotel in London with a view over Green Park. I sat drinking coffee, staring out the window in despair. Was I dreaming, or did the leaves really change ever so slightly overnight?
Fall colors are undeniably gorgeous, rich and warm and reminiscent of a childhood spent flying with a crunch into a giant pile of maple leaves. It’s what they signify that I hate. Winter is coming.
If I can’t have an endless summer, London is a pretty idyllic place to be in the fall. As is much of Europe, the Midwest, and the Northeast United States. Fall travel isn’t quite as easy as summer when it comes to packing. You can’t just throw in a few sundresses and call it a day. But you can match the leaves, and everyone looks good in a cozy sweater. Here are my fall travel essentials, especially when traveling in those regions:
Jeans– A good pair of jeans is always in season.
Sunglasses – A year-round essential!
Thin tank tops – These are great for layering. And if it’s unseasonably warm you can take off your sweater.
Fall Jacket – It depends where you’re going and what type of jacket you’ll need, but I love either a trench, a jacket like this one, a leather jacket for nights out, or something like this for more outdoorsy trips.
Cuyana Wallet – This wallet is saving my life on this Europe trip! It has a coin pocket inside that snaps shut, so my euros and pounds no longer get lost in every corner of my purse. Before, when traveling anywhere where coins are actually worth something I would always get so frustrated that I didn’t have a better system. The wallet is really soft leather too, and comes in lots of beautiful fall colors.
Lotion – Fall is the start of dry skin season. Preempt the struggle with a travel moisturizer.
Camera – For taking photos of the fall colors all around you.
After the craziest morning of work and last minute errands, I’m headed to the airport and realized I forgot to eat. This is why I always keep a @kindsnacks bar in my bag! And this limited edition caramel almond pumpkin spice flavor is really hitting the spot. Have you read my post on the in-flight essentials I always have in my purse? It’s on the blog now (link in profile). Don’t worry, I have another bar for the flight. By the way, I switched to @tmobile a few weeks ago and it’s worth it just for the @lyft discounts. My ride to the airport has never been easier! #fallforKIND
KIND Snacks – After all your walking around taking photos of the leaves, you’ll need a snack. KIND has you covered with their newest flavor, caramel almond pumpkin spice, perfect for the season.
Travel bag – This one is great for carrying a computer, camera, souvenirs, or anything else you can think of.
What are your fall travel essentials? Let me know!