Fall Weekend Packing List

Fall Travel Outfits - White Tee + Jeans - Walking with Spinner Suitcase

For the first time in, now years, we’ve been talking about a weekend getaway. The sartorial aficionado is obviously also thinking about fall travel outfits – that’s part of the fun, right?!

One of the things I’m really trying to embrace is not overpacking.

Whether it’s because I’m trying to limit the weight being transported, thereby increasing emissions, or because I now have to add our son’s children’s clothing as well as have at least one hand available for him, it’s a necessity.

And let’s be honest – it’s the second one. The first is a major perk!

While a weekend getaway is going to lend itself to less packing, it’s still very easy to overpack! So here is my travel capsule wardrobe for a short weekend away.

{traveling in summer? See my 9 summer capsule wardrobe necessities}

Standing in Sunset - White Tee + Plaid Blazer

Fall Weekend Packing List

Fall is a lovely time to travel. Besides the changing colors, cooler temps, and more chill vibe, it’s a great season for simple layers!

When it comes to taking no more than you need, there are two key things to remember when packing.

First, lay out all your clothes to see what goes together and how you can rewear pieces to make ‘new’ looks!

Second, bring as many items you can that can be reworn. Many of the items in my fall capsule wardrobe essentials list are in this group!

3 Things you Must Pack

I know everyone’s style is different, but there are three key items I think you absolutely need.

The first is a pair of black jeans or pants that can go seamlessly from day to night. See what to wear on black jeans for more inspiration.

A scarf is the obvious second option. I love my black fringe scarf, but your favorite one is perfect.

Besides the versatility of this piece, I like that I can wrap it around my neck for warmth and around my shoulders like a light shawl. One piece – two looks!

Third is a pair of shoes that can be dressed up but are functional for some great walking. For me it’s my Ron White shoes – patent leather loafers that can easily take me miles! They great for so many kinds of activities – even a perfect fall winery outfit!

LAGOS jewelry

Fall Travel Jewelry

You know my everyday jewelry well. It isn’t much different for travel.

The thing is, I LOVE my LAGOS jewelry. I own a number of pieces – rings and bracelets. The pieces are simple enough and sturdy enough for everyday wear, but they look great dressed up as well.

LAGOS Black Caviar Ring

Since I’m trying to cut back on what I’m packing, the idea of switching shoes and adding a fabulous ring for dinner sounds superbly easy!

And obviously a great pair of walking shoes is a must. Try to take ones that are super comfortable but can also look chic with your bottoms.

Fall Travel Outfits – Plane vs. Car

Whenever I travel by plane, I plan on a lot of temperature changes, so smart layering is key.

My white tee is perfect for fall travel outfits (any season really). Easily warmed up with my scarf and/or blazer – it’s also a great way to arrive and head to dinner (or whatever)!

I also love a simple shirt like this for fall travel outfits because, if needed, it can be quickly washed in a sink and ready to go for your return trip!

What To Wear – Fall Travel Outfits

Fall Travel Outfits - White Tee + Jeans with Spinner Suitcase


Eileen Fisher White Tee, Black Skinny Jeans (read my DL1961 Denim review here), Plaid Blazer (similar), Ron White Loafers (similar), Samsonite Spinner (love this similar suitcase), Rag & Bone Bucket Bag (similar)

Walking Fall Travel Outfits - Eileen Fisher Sweater + Black Jeans


Eileen Fisher Sweater in Responsible Wool, Black Skinny Jeans, Vionic Black Sneakers, Nordstrom black fringe scarf, Rag & Bone Bucket Bag (similar), LAGOS bracelets & rings


Eileen Fisher Sweater, Black Skinny Jeans, Ron White Loafers (similar),
Rag & Bone Bucket Bag (similar), LAGOS Black Caviar Ring

If you’re more of a dress person, try to find ways to make your pieces do more for you. Shirt dresses can be worn as a dress and open as a jacket. Two shirt dress outfits in one!

Photography by Sacramento Photographer Val Leddy

Looking for travel packing tips year round? Check out these summer capsule wardrobe basics, fall capsule wardrobe essentials, and winter capsule wardrobe must-haves.

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