Autumn Travel Packing Tips


Packing light in autumn becomes inherently more difficult than packing in the summer because warmer clothing tends to be heavier and bulkier. Below are my best tips for packing chilly weather clothing without overpacking.

  1. Wear your boots, coat, and hat on the plane. These are often the heaviest items you will bring with you, so wearing them will remove a lot of weight from your bag.
  2. Utilize tights and leggings. Packing dresses is a great packing hack for summer months, but dresses work equally well in the fall. Adding leggings or tights to go with a long-sleeved dress doesn’t take much room in your bag and is much lighter than packing several pairs of jeans or trousers.
  3. In order to keep my bag light I usually avoid heavy jumpers and jackets, but even lightweight jumpers can take up a lot of room in your bag. While I normally think packing cubes take up too much space in your bag, a compression packing cube is perfect for a bulky jumper as it will magically shrink the sweater size.
  4. Pack a stylish snood or hat for both warmth and to be used as an accessory to your outfit.
  5. Check the weather. This is a no brainer, but if the weather doesn’t call for rain then leave your umbrella and raincoat at home.
  6. Similar to what we discussed in my post dressing up for evenings without overpacking, sticking with one colour scheme is important. If you pack colours and patterns that go together you will be able to mix and match and bring less clothing.

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Jenny Dolphin hails from across the pond in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. While Minnesota will always be home, she has spent the last 10 years bouncing around the world living in Australia, California, New York, Colorado, Italy, Rhode Island, and Florida. She has travelled to 40+ countries, visited nearly all the States, and worked as a flight attendant based out of San Francisco. Having to pack for multiple climates in one small carry-on as a flight attendant taught her a few things about packing smart.


  • November 2, 2015

    Love dresses! You´re right: they are perfect for every season!

  • Tece
    November 4, 2015

    These were really good tips!! I learned the hard way about fall packing recently when I went to Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Helen Stanley
    November 13, 2015

    Fantastic tips! I need desperately these tips for an upcoming trip!

  • Candace Hudson
    August 13, 2016

    Hi, Jenny, Love your tips. I’m a 62-year old stylish female planning our first big trip to Europe, from London to Rome lasting a month for September 2017. My biggest issue is overpacking from jewelry to essential shoes. Any help would be appreciated. I live near Sacramento, California and a big online shopper.


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