What to Pack for a Fall Vacation

Pumpkins, Leaves, Halloween…fall is here! Bring on the hoodies and pumpkin spice lattes. In Europe, it’s already starting to get to winter temperatures. That means the key to fall style is….separates! This makes packing in a carry-on extremely difficult, of course. Luckily your packing Guru is here to help you along and provide some inspiration!

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  1. Sweaters – Obviously! Easy to put on, easy to layer, wether open or closed you should always bring one. For versatility reasons, I’d recommend an open sweater that you can layer with multiple pieces and a sweater that you can easily throw over some leggings.

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Leggings – Speaking of sweaters…nothing looks better under chunky knits than leggings! Comfy, easy to pack, and versatile! Wear them under a long sweater, a long shirt, or dress. You can also wear them under jeans if you get really cold.

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Deaux Tell Ivory and Black Sweater Top

Skinny Jeans – They don’t take up as much room as boot cut jeans and they’re a fall staple. Roll them up with a casual shoe or dress them up with ankle boots.

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Graphic Tee Shirt – The ultimate unexpected layering tool! Of course, I’d advise you to bring a few t-shirts in neutral colors as well but a graphic tee will bring personality into your outfit!

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Button Down Shirt – Under a sweater, around the waist, day to-night…this staple is great for all seasons. You can roll up the sleeves if you get to warm or keep it open with a t-shirt underneath. 

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Blazer – Great for a night out, this classic piece definitely gets a mention! Pack one in a neutral or fall color. Easy to throw on with a simple t-shirt and always looks polished.

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Light Jacket – Something you can easily throw on and off and layer for extra warmth! I always recommend something that doubles as rain protection. A leather jacket is also perfect for day-to-night and works with every outfit!

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Accessories

Beanie – Easy to pack for those extra chilly days!

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Scarf – The more lightweight the better! The perfect cold weather accessory if you ask me!

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Shoes – It will take up all the space in your bag but nothing pulls a outift together like shoes! I always recommend bringing 3 different shoes. An active shoe, a daytime shoe, and a night-time shoe! Whatever your style, follow this guideline and you’ll be set! Preferably, choose a pair that can double as a waterproof option in case it rains! For your night-time shoe keep your heels low! Also keep in mind the coverage of the shoe…fall vacations can mean a lot of walking and cold temperatures in Fall. Here are my picks…

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Active Shoe

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Daytime Shoe

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Nighttime Shoe

Don’t forget to pack these in your make up bag!

  • Chapstick – I literally have anxiety if I leave the house without it. 99 cent cherry chapstick does the job and will be your lips best friend!
  • Moisturizer – Cold weather wreaks havoc on skin. Don’t forget your moisturizer or use a moisturizer/makeup primer with this Beauty Hack.
  • Tissues – Klennex travel size tissues can literally save your life! I love Northern Europe in the fall and the temperatures can get really cold! The entire Northern Hemisphere is inching toward winter and the Southern Hemisphere is inching toward Spring. All in all expect winds, showers, and cooler temperatures!
  • Hair ties – Lots! Wind means tangled hair. I only brought one my last trip and it broke!
  • Cold medicine – I bring it on every trip! Big cities mean big germs so don’t forget to pack a few Nyquil/Dayquil.
  • Ibuprofen – Headaches happen. Whatever your brand of choice is don’t forget this helper.
  • Pepto, Tums, or a Stomach Relief Aid – New cities, new foods, lots of viruses…don’t forget this item! Hopefully you never have to use it but if you do you’ll be so happy you brought it!
  • Sensodyne toothpaste – A lot of dentist friends recommend bringing this travel toothpaste on vacation because if there is anytime you don’t want a sensitive tooth…it’s on your expensive vacation.

Hope this helps you on your fall vacation! Did I miss anything? Let me know on the comments below!

Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Beauty Hack

Packing can be so stressful. I always question the weather, what I really need, and how I’m going to fit everything in a carry-on! The less I can bring with me the better! Recently I ran out of makeup primer and was frantic to find an alternative using something around the house. I hate putting makeup on my skin without it because I tend to break out and get oily. You could say my skin and I have a love hate relationship. After a little research I came across this great find…Aloe Vera! Turns out it’s actually been the answer to my prayers. If you’ve read some of my other blogs then you know how much I love to use all natural products. The less chemicals the better in my opinion. The Aloe Vera certainly didn’t disappoint either. I’ve been using it religiously and I always bring a travel size with me on vacation because nothing puts a damper on your holiday like sunburn! Now I don’t have to spend a ton of money on primer and I get to save room in my makeup bag!

Benefits of Aloe Vera

  • Antioxidants
  • Antibacterial
  • Accelerates healing of burns
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Increases collagen production
  • High in Vitamins and Minerals
  • Natural Astringent
  • Hydrating and Moisturizing
  • Softens Skin
  • Reduces inflammation

AND MORE! Have you tried it? Did you like this tip? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

Planning a vacation can be stressful. I wish I could have a travel agent do everything for me but alas I do not. So I find myself constantly on Skyscanner, Kayak, Trip Advisor, Expedia, etc searching for the best deals. I can spend days doing this. The hard work usually pays off but there’s nothing more frustrating than finding a hotel, going to book it the next day, and seeing a higher price! Naturally, the closer you get to your travel date the higher the price rises, however, I couldn’t accept this seemingly random pattern of fluctuating prices on travel websites. I then took to the internet and did some research. I read some rumors that these websites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Delta conduct studies and use cookies to view your browsing history and can determine if you’re about to purchase a ticket and raise prices. Of course, corporate americana isn’t going to fess up to any of these claims. There’s no indefinite proof but it’s certainly something to take seriously. So how do you beat the system? There are many tips and tricks out there but the most effective and simplest, in my opinion, is to go incognito! Just click on file, for apple computers, and then “New Incognito Window.” It certainly seemed to decrease the price fluctuation, in my opinion, and it only took a small effort. How about you guys? Any tips or trips you’ve found affective? Let me know, in the comments below.

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Style Hack


This past week, I have been traveling around visiting the beautiful mosque’s of Islam! Now, some mosque’s have strict dress codes. You must be completely covered. You can borrow scarves from most mosques to cover your head but I couldn’t wait to buy my own! I must say I was certainly inspired by the fashion. While exploring, I had to carry the scarf everywhere because wearing a scarf in 90 degree heat was not ideal. So I got a little crafty. From headbands to bag accessories I tried it all! It also came in useful at the airport when I got cold. I usually always bring a scarf with me to the airport for extra warmth during a flight and then I usually throw it in my suitcase once I arrive at my destination. This time I tied it around my bag and my scarf matched my luggage perfectly. Win.  Here’s some inspiration for your next trip!

Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss