10 Things to Bring With You on a Fall Leaf Peeping Trip

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September and October are prime time for boomer road trippers and serious nature lovers to get outside, breathe the brisk, autumn air and admire a colorful scene on a fall leaf peeping trip. Although many boomers prefer to keep it simple with just a camera and a water bottle, the true key to quality peeping is being peeper-prepared.


Fall road trip gear for your next leaf peeping trip

To help you enjoy the jaw-dropping gorgeousness of autumn’s amazing changing foliage, take a look at some of our recommended resources for a fall trip. This is the gear that Alan and I have used on autumn travels like the national park road trip that we took from Arizona to the Canadian Rockies.

We pack these fall road trip essentials

The right sized bag, a cup to keep my coffee hot, lightweight backpack and, of course, a camera, are essential for my autumn getaways. Throw in a couple of useful safety tools and I’m ready to go.

Brown Delsey quilted underseat tote

Delsey Rolling Tote is the perfect bag for a weekend trip and one of my favorites. Even completely packed, this bag fits in most airline overhead compartments and under the seat, making a quick weekend qetaway that much more efficient.

Keep your coffee hot with the Electric Smart Mug. Perfect for a fall getaway. #fall #gear

This Stainless Steel Smart Mug is just the thing for those early morning outings. Charge it overnight and you’ll have something warm to keep you toasty as you explore.

black camera

Lumix Digital Camera has  a 14.1-megapixel resolution and 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle lens, making it a fantastic camera to carry with you while checking out the autumn colors. At just over one pound and very compact, it won’t take up much space in your travel bag and fits right into a jacket pocket.


gray backpack

Outlander Hiking Daypack is a lightweight, spacious day pack that makes for a great hold-all for camping or day trips.

whistle for hiking

This four-in-one whistle is a great safety resource to have while hiking or camping. It’s a whistle, thermometer, magnifier, and compass that comes with handy belt clip.


Portable LED Camping Lamp and Flashlight

This portable LED Camping Lamp and Flashlight is a handy resource when out in nature. Although you may plan to just be out and about for the daytime, carrying a flashlight is always a good idea in case of emergencies.

What to wear on a road trip in the fall

I learned long ago that clothes do make the trip, especially when their function is to keep me warm and comfortable. You’ll appreciate a fleece jacket, convertible gloves and a hat to protect your face.

pink fleece jacket

A nice comfy fleece jacket is certainly a great bet while early-morning hiking or leaf peeping. This one from Columbia Sports is a durable, soft fleece that is sure to keep you warm when you need it.

Beige convertible gloves

If you’re planning to get up early in the morning to see the beautiful sunrise blended in with some stunning autumn foliage, I highly recommend keeping your hands warm with these Metog suede gloves. The convertible style lets you take some amazing photos without the hassle of taking off the entire glove.

Beige hat for hiking

Bonus Tip: Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t get a pesky sunburn while being outdoors. Use my old favorite, the Tilly Hat, to protect your skin!

Books to make your fall trip even better

When you’re motoring along remote roads, internet isn’t always available for finding that special hike or scenic drive. Alan and I always have a book beside us in the front seat for finding that “almost” secret fall foliage destination.

Fodor's Travel New England shares the best fall road trip tips and scenic road ideas.

Fodor’s Travel New England travel guide is a great place to start your leaf peeping trip. With detailed information, maps and great routes for foliage drives, you’ll be sure to see some great multi-colored scenery.

Trees of North America book

This Guide to North American trees is a must for any nature lover who likes to explore and learn about the great outdoors.

Need to purchase items for your fall leaf peeping trip? Check out Road Trip Gear for Boomers on Amazon.

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