My Fall Packing List For A Wine Country Getaway
We’ll be hitting the road soon for a week in Sonoma and Napa, and I’ve really been looking forward to this getaway! We decided to drive rather than fly so that a) we can follow our own timetable and b) we can bring wine and other gifts home without having to pack and ship.
Because we’re driving, I have more flexibility with regard to what and how much to pack. But I still don’t want to go overboard. As of today, the forecast is calling for warm-to-hot days and chilly evenings, so lightweight layers are key. Our activities will mostly be winery tours/tastings, and general sightseeing during the day, and dinners out in the evenings. Casual to “polished casual” will take us just about anywhere in this region.
So here’s my fall packing list, from shoes to toppers…
Even for a road trip, it’s become habit to start my travel wardrobe planning around the shoes.
- Two pairs of sneakers: one casual (similar) for hikes and traipsing around vineyards,
- and my favorite slip-on style for “smart casual” wear.
- One pair of ankle boots, for cooler evenings.
- One pair of mules, also for evening.
Tops & Bottoms
I’m keeping it simple, and (mostly) sticking to a color palette of ivory, brown/rust and denim.
Starting on the left:
- I’m bringing two sleeveless shells for evening that will layer easily underneath my jackets/cardigan. One is a little longer (similar), the other is shorter and buttons in the front.
- Then, my leopard linen tee (similar).
- And an easy cotton long-sleeved top in a gorgeous copper color.
In the middle:
- Last fall when we visited Napa I didn’t bring any warm sweaters, and really wished I had as mornings can be quite chilly. This one is from Everlane (gifted). Here’s a similar style.
- One solid long-sleeved tee (Misses / Plus),
- and one striped.
On the right:
- A lightweight cashmere/silk scarf (gifted) that can worn as either over the shoulders as a wrap or as a neck scarf.
Bottom row: two pairs of jeans,
- one a lighter-wash boyfriend style,
- and one a dark-wash slim-leg style.
- And because I still haven’t found a workable Little Black Pants alternative, I’m bringing my trusty Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants as a fallback. (I did try some of the other colors, but they just didn’t do it for me.)
Jackets & A Cardigan
Clockwise, from top left:
- a lightweight down jacket that’s plenty warm if I need it.
- My linen duster cardigan (similar style) that I can wear out to dinner in case the heat lingers into the evening.
- A crushed velvet soft jacket (gifted) in a sumptuous chocolate color can zhush up my separates.
- And finally, a faux-suede moto-style jacket that goes with everything.
As of this writing, there isn’t any rain in the forecast for the days we’ll be visiting, but I may still bring this lightweight rain jacket.
I’m still finalizing my bag and jewelry choices. As with every travel wardrobe, I may make some last-minute substitutions if the weather forecast changes drastically. And I may add a “wild card” piece at the last minute, depending on my mood.
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