Planning a Fall trip to New England? Autumn is a season that sneaks up on you in New England. One minute, you’re frolicking in beach waves along the coastline; the next, you’re wrapping a fleece blanket to your nose.
You’ll be better prepared once you check out our “Packing checklist for fall in New England,” below.
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What to Pack for a Fall Trip to New England?
With the cooler temperatures also comes a crescendo of color, from bright yellows and warm oranges to brilliant reds.
You’ll find apple picking and delicious apple-filled treats, fall fairs, cider donuts and pumpkins almost everywhere you look.
Fall is also a great time of year for taking walks or hiking in the crisp fresh air. On mountain summits, you’ll discover the vibrant tapestry created by autumn foliage that cloaks quaint New England villages below.
New England’s weather is notorious for being unpredictable.
It can range from dry daytime temps in the low 70s to cool damp evenings below 50 degrees F.
You may luck out with a short “Indian Summer,” where temps briefly soar into the 80s for a last warm “hoorah,” or encounter a damp raw rainy day that makes your bones ache.
So, you’ll want to be prepared for this ever-changing weather. The key to it is:
- Dress in layers, and
- Pack a variety of outerwear
- Wear comfortable, waterproof shoes for hiking.
- bring along a pair of light gloves
It also helps to color coordinate the layers so you can mix and match. I like to stick to one color family for short trips, two for longer ones.
And, be sure to bring something that transitions well for a dinner out.
If you love seafood, skip the chains. You’ll have no trouble finding hidden gems with some of the freshest seafood in the country, like this seafood restaurant in Brunswick ME.
And New Hampshire makes a great day New England trip – even better if you can stay over in Portsmouth.
Don’t forget to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Road Trips so you’ve got everything covered before you hit the road!
Free Printable Packing List [New England / Autumn]
I’ve prepared this packing checklist for Fall in New England to make it easier for you to plan your fall trip to New England.
It includes a free printable you can customize depending on how long your visit to New England is.
If you find it useful, I’d love to know! Drop me a comment below.
Here it is:
"Fall in New England" Packing Checklist
Pack so you're prepared for New England's unpredictable Fall weather.
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