The fall weekend getaway is a rite of passage, a sort of secular vision quest when we test the waters of our relationships (or meet the parents, get away from the kids, rekindle a romance, or just watch the leaves turn). Homecoming. Class reunions. Sometimes it’s just a great opportunity to visit a favorite place after the tourist season is over or finally get to do that favorite thing without having to worry about the summer’s heat and sweat.
But what do you pack for a weekend away that could feature anything from whale-watching to hiking? We’ve got the answers right here, including simple, easy-to-pack options that will get you through the weekend with minimal baggage.
Follow these simple rules:
- Think about pieces that offer flexibility from dawn to dusk.
- Stick to a simple, minimal color theme, but allow for a few bright exceptions.
- Keep it casual. Remember, you’re away to relax.
So, what’s in our weekender for a fall getaway? Check out our picks below.
From a hike in the mountains to a casual dinner with friends, the Kuhl Swift cardigan features merino wool for a functional, temperature-regulating layer, with a “3D articulated pattern” for a better fit; yet it’s tight-knit, flat seams, and subtle “pirate blue” color make it an elegant stand-in for a navy blazer. It’s a clean, modern look that doesn’t stray into track jacket territory.
Nau breathes new life into the classic trench, creating a waterproof, breathable shell that is not only completely at home in the great outdoors, it will also become a favorite for your daily commute. It functions as an excellent wind and rain barrier, with a removable hood for a more streamlined look.
The classic plaid flannel shirt takes on an almost dignified air in deep navy with a simple windowpane pattern made with Japanese cotton, of course. The shirt has the soft comfort you want on a weekend, but it’s a nice touch for a fireside dinner, too.
The usual solid shirt may come off as a little too corporate for a lazy weekend away. This soft, slub shirt has a touch of formality, but also looks great layered over a T-shirt or worn as a sweater or jacket alternative. Go crazy and wear it with a knit tie for a romantic dinner.
Take a classic style, then bring it up to date with a little stretch and performance fabric that keeps you cool on warm days and warm on cool days. Perfect if the morning hike is a little chillier than expected, or if you end up snuggled a little closer to the bonfire. This dark russet color is a go-to for fall dressing, pairing nicely with blues, earth tones, and classic black closer to the holidays.
Levi’s 511s are a slim, modern fit that plenty of room through the seat and thighs and just a hint of stretch as a caution. These soft-washed classic five-pocket cords will see you through hayrides awhiskeysky tastings alike.
For a weekend away, a short-sleeved T-shirt is practically a must-have. It’s not only a great base-layer (bring a couple, just in case), but is also a great piece for that unexpected workout, or just to wear kicking around the lodge. It’s the weekend, so feel free to express yourself with graphic messaging. In fact, if you’re gonna do it, do it right with Sevenly: 7 percent of the purchase of this shirt goes to KOA Care Camps, making a difference in the lives of children with cancer. Other tees support non-profits for autism research, the environment, human trafficking, and much more.
We know, we know … it’s fall. But trust us on this one. Throw a pair of shorts in the bag. You may not need them, but let’s face it, they don’t take up that much room, and if you do need them, you’ll thank us. These Travis Mathew shorts are hybrid, meaning they’re made of a lightweight, stretch performance fabric, so they’re great if you find out the hotel has a pool, you decide to go for a run, or the day turns out to be a little warmer than expected. (Also not a bad thing to have for lounging around the room.)
A soft-sided duffel is always great for a weekend, allowing for a little flexibility for clothes that don’t have to be perfectly pressed. This touring duffel from Victorinox is inspired by the functionality of the classic Swiss Army knife. It features a roomy interior and plenty of padded pockets for electronics and other essentials, plus compression straps to make the entire package even smaller.
Keep basic needs handy when your bag is in the overhead. It fits an iPad 10.5 Pro and has extra spaces to stash phones, cords, pens, headphones, etc., and even features a hidden pocket for a Tile Tracker. The company’s “magnetic leather” sticks to keyrings, AirPods, pocket knives, Key Fobs, etc.
If you’re going to bring one shoe for the weekend, make it a comfortable boot that can handle some light walking or hiking, but that looks great with those casual cords, khakis, nd jeans. These Olukai boots are not only super cozy, but feature water-resistant waxed canvas and a moisture-wicking microfiber lining. Plus a portion of all proceeds directly supports the Ama OluKai Foundation, honoring those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawaii.
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