Nine Necessities for a Leaf-Peeping Adventure
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National Fall Foliage Week kicks off tomorrow and I know I'm not alone in saying that this is my favorite time of the year. Although colors are already starting to turn in the tippy-top of New England you still have plenty of time to prepare for a leaf-peeping hike, road trip, or camping adventure as autumn sweeps across the country. Included below are a few choice items to help you make the most of this year's fall foliage.
If you aren't a professional photographer but want to savor your colorful adventure, this PANASONIC point-and-shoot long-zoom camera is the one for the job. It has a ton of easy-to-use features and comes equipped with travel-ready technologies like USB charging and Wi-Fi connectivity for on-the-go convenience. Don't forget to stash a car power inverter before you head out to avoid having to worry about any dying batteries along the way.
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You need to get up and out early to get ahead of all the other leaf peepers so, obviously, caffeine to-go is a must. This classic stainless steel thermos from Stanley is a long-standing favorite of mine because it's sturdy, portable, and works so darn well. I love that I can use it for coffee or yerba mate thanks to the insulated lid that doubles as a cup.
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Falling temperatures accompany changing colors and autumn mornings can be downright brisk! Keep yourself warm and cozy (and earn an easy out on having to do your hair) with a soft and stretchy cable knit beanie. Honestly, I think I own eight of these hats, I love them that much. Might as well grab some convertible mitten gloves too, just in case.
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Layers are key to an early autumn leaf-peeping adventure so be sure to have a jacket with you. This Columbia fleece jacket is buttery soft, comes in a ton of different colors, and has zippered side pockets to keep small items secure (i.e. all of those beautiful leaves you're going to pick up along the way). It also has a flexible collar that you can wear up or down depending on your desired level of toastiness.
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Fuel your fall foliage festivities with delicious snacks. Snacks in the car, snacks on the trail, snacks everywhere! I love the healthy options CraveBox but I know that's not everyone's style so might I interest you in a more conventional option or maybe this ultimate snack package from Frito Lay? As an added bonus, any leftover snacks can be doled out to trick-or-treaters later on if you're willing to share.
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Road trips through the countryside are a great way to take in all of the foliage but getting out of the car and hiking a bit is by far my favorite way to do it. I prefer ankle support on most any hike but the Merrell Moab 2 Hiking Shoe is an easy on-and-off trail shoe if you're looking for something more traditional.
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You're pretty much guaranteed to pass an orchard or two on your fall foliage adventure and you should absolutely stop to do some apple picking. This double-handle wicker basket is perfect for holding your best picks and still leaves room for some fresh apple cider and delicious cider donuts. It makes a great picnic basket, too, and can easily hold all of those snacks you stocked up on!
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Once the sun starts to set that brisk autumn air pops back up so you'll want to be prepared with a cozy wool blanket to keep you nice and warm on the trip back home. This particular blanket is great to keep in the car because it's incredibly rugged and opens up to 64" x 88" and makes for the perfect picnic blanket or lounge area if you're camping under the stars. Pro tip: throw some serapes on top of the camp lounge to make it extra cozy.
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If you're travels take you far enough that an overnight trip is necessary this Samsonite bag is all you need. It's roomy enough for all of your getaway essentials but compact enough to not take up a ton of room in the car. It even has it's own built-in USB port so you can charge your phone or camera while looking back on all of the photos you took of this years' gorgeous fall foliage.
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