Fall has been a busy season, with each weekend holding plans for family activities or projects around the house. With all the chaos, my husband and I were looking forward to a fall weekend getaway. We celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary in Falmouth, Cape Cod and Nantucket, two beautiful locations in New England on our bucket list. I prepared for this trip for a week, laying outfits out on the bed, and then finally packing everything the morning of our trip. I’m excited to share with you what to pack for a fall weekend getaway.
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The temperatures here in New England are exactly what fall is about – brisk and inconsistent. Checking the weather forecast before a big trip is necessary, but I like to be prepared for all weather and temperatures. Instead of bringing a variety of outfits, layering is the best way to dress when the mornings are cool and the afternoons are warm during the fall.
A cardigan blazer, puffer vest, loose fitting sweater, poncho, cape scarf, or peacoat are all ideal items if you’re dressing up (instead of down) to bring along on a trip during the fall. A sherpa or fleece pullover, leggings or tights, and a tunic sweater are easy to layer as well.
Riding boots, loafers, and a pair of booties came along with me on our trip. I packed camp socks, a pair of tights, and knee high boot socks to layer under my shoes. One regret: leaving my LL Bean Duck Boots at home for our casual outings, especially because it was very cold watching the sun come up on Nantucket. Sneakers are an another option for travel footwear, but I rarely wear them unless I’m dressing down completely.
Going Out on a Fall Night
Going on a date night during the fall can be tricky. The temperatures may drop while you’re sitting in the restaurant and if you are walking from place to place like we were, you want to look cute while staying warm. I already mentioned layers – which I wore plenty in both Falmouth and Nantucket – but I almost left some important accessories at home since they’re more ‘winter’ than ‘fall.’
If you’re traveling around New England during the fall, have a pair of gloves, a hat and a scarf on hand if you get cold easily! I was happy I had a pair of fingerless mittens, a fur infinity scarf, and a few winter hats to wear on our evening outings.