Minimalist Fall Packing List: 10 Must Haves
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We are entering my favorite time of year: Fall! The colors are changing and the air gets a fresh, crisp feeling. Fall travels are just around the corner and I’ll be off to Europe in October! We’re heading to Italy and I am so excited!
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We don’t typically travel to destinations during the cooler season so I’ve been doing a ton of research on what to bring. I travel with just a backpack so I only pack what is absolutely necessary and heavier items of clothing are proving to be a bit tricky. So, I’ve compiled my list of absolute essentials to make sure I take what I need- and nothing more!
1. Light raincoat
Italy tends to be in the 60s so I probably won’t need a coat during the day but fall weather can be unpredictable no matter where you do! So, a raincoat is always smart to bring. Plus, my little raincoat packs up so small it’d be hard NOT to take. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I’m a sucker for coats from The North Face and this rain coat is amazing for traveling! It has just enough warmth built in and a great high collar in addition to a hood. Plus it comes in a ton of different colors so you really can’t go wrong!
2. Warm coat
I will be using the classic traveler technique of wearing your heaviest layer to lighten the load of your backpack. It helps that I tend to freeze on airplanes and leaving home this time of year will warrant a coat anyway. The last two winters I have worn a coat just like this one from Lululemon almost every day. It’s held up great and since they come in so many sizes, the fit is amazing! It’s one of the thinnest coats I’ve ever owned that keeps me warm all winter long. It also happens to be one of the most expensive coats I’ve ever purchased but I don’t regret it for a second!
I love wearing knee high boots all fall and winter but I’m going to be taking along my favorite ankle boots for this trip. It will save space in my bag while still providing warmth and great fall style. This pair from Naturalizer is adorable! Naturalizer is a great brand for walking so I love it as a travel shoe!
4. Crossbody Bag
Europe in general is known for pick pockets so I love having a secure crossbody bag that I can flip to the front when I’m in a crowd. This Amelie Galanti bag has a zipper flap that would be hard to get into unnoticed. That being said, it’s not considered an anti-pick pocket bag per say. But, it’s a smarter option than an over the shoulder tote bag!
5. Mini Umbrella
This is a total why not item. They have umbrellas now that are so small they fit into the palm of your hand! They take up no room in my bag and help save me (and my hair) when the weather decides not to cooperate! This umbrella from Hoke has great reviews and weighs a whopping .48 pounds! I don’t think I’ll ever regret making room in my bag for this guy!
Cardigans are quickly becoming my go to piece for extending my summer wardrobe into fall. They’re awesome for traveling because they’re so versatile and spruce up any outfit. Plus, they’re great for helping you go from day to night without needing to stop back at your hotel room. This super basic cardigan from Biadani has great reviews and comes in a ton of different colors. They’re super affordable so you could easily splurge on multiple colors!
I LOVE scarves in the fall! They’re adorable, they’re cozy and they are a great piece for changing up a basic outfit! I like going with a neutral wardrobe and using scarves as a pop of color. The Pacific Northwest girl in me is swoon with this plaid blanket scarf!
When I’m traveling, the last thing I want to do is spend an hour every morning getting my hair under control. So, I never travel without a hat. My naturally curly hair has a mind of its own when it’s windy, rainy or humid so having a hat on hand is vital! These classic wool hats are great for fall weather and they keep their shape even after being smushed in a bag!
Sometimes, when you’re going to be out all day, having a backpack just makes sense. But the last thing I want to do is empty out my entire bag in my hotel room just to take a few essentials. Not to mention, my backpack is pretty big and would look a little ridiculous half full. Having a collapsible backpack, like this one from Gowiss, takes up minimal space in your regular backpack and allows you to quickly grab what you need in the morning. Plus, when you overdo it on souvenir shopping, you’ve got a way to get them all home!
10. Plug Adapter
No matter how minimal you pack, if you’re going international, you’re going to need a plug adapter. They have made great adapters that are so small you won’t even notice them taking up room in your bag. This adapter from JOMMFIN has rave reviews and even has TWO USB slots on the side. It’s awesome for charging multiple devices at once so you’ll save space by sharing just one adapter!
After putting together this list, my bag is already packed and ready to go. Too bad I don’t leave for another two months! Italy can’t come soon enough. Are you heading anywhere this Fall? I’d love to hear about it!