The leaves are changing, Jack Frost is getting ready to reintroduce himself, and car covers are making their first appearances of the season everywhere. Oh yeah, that’s good. But don’t be discouraged by the idea of ââputting your sweet ride into hibernation for a few months; take one last car trip before you have to take out the slippers.
Fall road trips can be extremely rewarding, but only if you are prepared. It’s easier said than done, because fall likes to play with the weather. On any fall trip, you’ll want to bring gear for the coldhot and humid, so we’ve made this list to keep you comfortable on your fall expedition. Remember, be prepared for anything!
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Fodor’s Travel: The Best Weekend Road Trips
A good fall road trip starts with deciding where to go, and this guide is perfect for a one or two night trip. Inside, there are 106 three-day itineraries, all located within a six-hour drive of 20 major US cities. Travel outlines relieve a ton of planning stress; all you have to do is start driving.
The versatility of comfortable zip-up pants can come in handy on a road trip. They are perfect for a cold start and a warm finish, while still being comfortable enough for the car. As a bonus, they are water resistant.
Compact travel umbrella
As soon as you go on a fall road trip without an umbrella, it starts to rain, doesn’t it? This compact umbrella measures 11 inches closed and fits neatly in a bag or under your car seat. The vented canopy means you won’t get blown away like Mary Poppins did.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Polarized Sunglasses
A good pair of sunglasses goes a long way on the road and can help prevent eye strain. These frames are comfortable for any trip, and the polarized lenses reduce glaring light, a useful perk.
Soft insulated cooler
This soft cooler can hold up to 24 cans, or a full lunch and a few snacks. The exterior is constructed with a water resistant oxford fabric for durability, and the interior is lined with a food grade PEVA sheet to maintain hot or cold temperatures.
Hooded rain poncho
Autumn weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat, for example, at a football game is a must. We love this waterproof hooded poncho that protects everything above your knees from the elements.
The Yeti Rambler is one of the best choices for keeping hot chocolate or hot cider toasty to enjoy on the go. The lid uses magnets to contain spills and fits nicely into standard cup holders.
Pen style flashlight
This handy penlight slips into any pocket or glovebox for easy, instant access. It packs a punch too, producing 220 lumens for a full seven hours. This light is perfect for finding a lost chicken nugget or changing a tire at night on those short fall days.
CraveBox care package
You’re going to get hungry on a road trip, and this CraveBox has pretty much every type of snack you can imagine. Ranging from Goldfish to Laffy Taffy, the box comes with 45 assorted goodies. They won’t be nice to your love handles, but tomorrow is another day, right?
4 in 1 car vacuum cleaner
This 4 in 1 machine is vacuum cleaner, tire inflator, tire pressure gauge and LED work light. It has 5.5 kPa suction and can fill a flat tire in six minutes. Nice to have in case of a messy spill on the road.
Riparo Genuine Leather Driving Gloves
Leather driving gloves were originally designed over a century ago to protect the hands of drivers from cold metal steering wheels or their shiny wood counterparts. These days they’re more of an aesthetic accessory, but who cares? They are great. This pair of Riparo is a nice and affordable choice and, as an added bonus, will help protect your hands from the chilly temperatures.
If you hit the road early and early, you know how cold those fall mornings can be. This hoodie should keep you comfortable on the go, and we love the Gapplebee logo for obvious reasons.
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