10 Essential Pieces of Travel Gear for Fall

With the warm summers we’ve had across the country, the changing leaves and cooler winds are a welcome sign that fall is on its way. From foliage trips to late-season camping, get ready for fall travel adventures with these 10 essential items.

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Sunglasses

Even though the days are getting shorter, the sun still shines brightly while it's out. Raen has great options for men and women that are polarized (offering better eye protection) while still being stylish enough for wherever the adventure might take you. Their Norie model has a distinctive cat-eye look for ladies while the Wiley A puts a modern spin on an old-school style. Both are lightweight and built for travel.

Weekender Bag

Fall trips tend to be a little shorter, and having the perfect two- to three-day bag is certainly an essential. Baboon is a new collaborative brand building high-octane duffels in striking colors with excellent performance. Their 45L Go-Bag Small is a wrapped in a tear-, water- and sand-resistant TPE fabric, while the polyester interior has quirky artist patterns reminiscent of summer. When the weather starts to turn, your gear will still be in good shape.

Waterproof Shell

Now that your gear is protected, you need the right jacket to keep you dry too. Marmot’s Eclipse is a durable, breathable jacket built for hours of rainy trekking or hostel hopping. It’s outerwear you can feel good about wearing as it’s made from recycled nylon in a process that’s both water- and PFC-free. Functional and sustainable.

Watch

A good timepiece is one of those defining accessories that ties an entire outfit together (and is a good excuse to keep your phone in your pocket). On the higher end, OMEGA’s Seamaster Aqua Terra family is a classy statement with an array of design options. On the more affordable side, Timex’s Waterbury Traditional Chronograph combines timeless style with surprising durability in a sub-$200 watch.

Shoes

A good pair of shoes is worth its weight in travel. A pair that can do double duty as an all-day walker and dress up for nighttime? Even better. These Downtown Chukkas from Merrell have a contoured insole for added support and perforated leather for superior air flow.

Blanket

For road trips and outdoor concerts, a blanket might not be the most obvious necessity, but you’ll certainly be glad you have it. A sturdy, bright option like Cotopaxi’s new Kusa 160 has a DWR-finished nylon ripstop coating for minor waterproofing and the rough and tumble of several wagon rides through the hay fields. With good cover, chilly camping nights will be a thing of the past.

Versatile Long-Sleeve Shirt

You can get a lot of mileage out of a solid dress shirt that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It can layer underneath a jacket or stand alone on its own in the early fall fun. DUER has taken some of their trademark denim performance features and brought them into their new “9-to-9” button-down. With a special blend of cotton, COOLMAX and spandex, it’ll run right alongside a long travel day or a long night out.

Sweater

As temps begin to cool, a lightweight sweater is the perfect piece to layer underneath a waterproof shell or on its own for more casual situations. This option from Club Monaco is luxurious cashmere and is certainly more of a flexible urban look.

Wireless Headphones

Whether it’s peace of mind on long flights or just a quiet moment away, high-quality, noise-canceling headphones offer that welcome dose of serenity right when you need it. The Sennheiser PXC 550s combine premium engineering with easy portability for some supreme audio engagement. Plus, a long battery life of up to 30 hours means plenty of tunes for those unexpected layovers and delays.

Instant Memories

Sure, the convenience of a smartphone is great, but the photos either live on social media or just in your phone, never to be shared and appreciated offline. Fujifilm’s Square SQ6 camera and Share SP-3 printer are a great solution, offering instant prints from the SQ6 or from the printer via your smartphone. The printed 1:1 square format is the perfect platform to keep and preserve all of these memories you’ve made this fall.

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