Your Fall Getaway Planning and Packing Guide

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Your next great fall getaway is closer than you think, and we're here to make the packing and planning process a breeze. Team SN is making the most of the coziest season of all by taking a few short trips to destinations close to our favorite cities with Paravel travel essentials in tow. From a staycation in New York to a two-night visit to Big Bear and a weekend in Austin, Paravel has a host of packing accessories to get you to your destination in style. 

Paravel is our go-to brand for chic, beautifully made, and highly-functional travel pieces. The brand is dedicated to sustainability–their bags, totes, and cases are made of sustainable materials like upcycled plastic water bottles paired with sustainable cotton fiber. Plus, they have smart features that make the packing process easier than ever! Below, we're sharing three of our favorite quick getaways, along with the must-pack items to bring along in our favorite Paravel pieces.

A Brooklyn Staycation

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What to Pack and Plan For a Brooklyn Staycation

You don't need to go far away for a quick trip. If you're based in the New York City area, head to Brooklyn for a staycation. 

What to Pack: 

For a quick staycation, plan on packing one outfit for a night out (SN's Marley blazer will elevate any ensemble) plus a hat, along with cozy and comfortable lounge looks for the rest of your trip. Use Paravel's Packing Cubes to organize each look–the water-resistant, multifunctional storage system is made from 16 upcycled plastic water bottles. The see-all Vanity Case from Paravel will fit all your beauty essentials, packed in a sleek cotton canvas design with a clear view window so you can see everything inside. Plus, it's super lightweight and easy to carry, while still being sturdy enough to handle the adventures of travel.

Finally, the Cabana Tote is the perfect accessory for your fall getaways. It has statement stripes and zippers for added utility, with an innovative protective silicone covering that makes it durable enough to withstand wherever life takes you (while still being gentle on the environment!). This bag will quickly become new your go-to. 

What to Do:

Stay at 1 Hotel Brooklyn BridgeGet iconic views of the NYC waterfront at this chic hotel

Eat at Lilia: A renowned pasta restaurant with Italian-inspired cocktails and a warm, cozy vibe

Drink at Westlight: Located on top of the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, the views and top-notch drinks at Westlight will not disappoint

Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park: With piers, gardens, and even beaches to explore, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect spot to wander this fall

A Two Night Trip to Big Bear

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What to Pack and Plan For a Trip to Big Bear

Los Angeles locals have a range of fabulous destinations to visit nearby, but Big Bear is one of the most scenic options to explore this fall. And, it's only two hours from the city!

What to Pack: A trip to Big Bear means you'll be on the move nonstop, so you need travel accessories up for the challenge. We love how versatile all of Paravel's luggage is. With the removable shoulder strap option, the Main Line Duffle is made to keep up with our on-the-go lifestyle. Plus, the duffle is incredibly roomy, so you can pack appropriate layers for Big Bear's seasonal temperatures–not to mention the proper boots and footwear for your upcoming hikes and outdoor adventures. Paravel's Fold-Up Belt Bag is a game-changing on-the-go accessory. It's ultra-lightweight and water-resistant to keep all of your belongings safe no matter where your adventures take you.

What to Do:

Stay in an AirbnbEmbrace the natural paradise of Big Bear by staying in an Airbnb cabin or house

Eat at the Pines Lakefront: Come for the scenic views of the lake, stay for the delicious menu 

Drink at 572 Social Kitchen & Lounge: With a top-notch bar and live music on some nights, this is a must-visit while in town

Explore hiking trails in Big Bear: The best way to see all the natural beauty Big Bear has to offer is with a hike, and luckily there's a trail for every experience level

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A Long Weekend Getaway to Austin

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What to Pack and Plan For a Long Weekend in Austin

Austin has been on the rise in recent years as a must-visit long weekend destination. The city is very much worth the hype–see our Austin hit list below. 

What to Pack:

For a trip to Austin, you'll need a staple pair of jeans plus a cozy wear-everywhere sweater that seamlessly transitions from day to night. Don't forget a hat to complete your look! Paravel's Weekender bag is spacious enough for all of your long weekend trip essentials. Created in their signature Ecocraft Canvas, each Weekender bag is made from 12 upcycled water bottles. For your skincare and makeup must-haves, bring Paravel's See-All Vanity Case, with a convenient clear window so you can see what's inside without unpacking everything!

What to Do:

Stay at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt: This charming boutique hotel is ideally situated in Austin's Rainey Street District

Eat at Emmer & Rye: Their delicious menu focuses on seasonal and local offerings, and their dishes change daily 

Drink at Container Bar: It's a bar made out of actual shipping containers (!)–it has to be seen to be believed!

Explore McKinney Falls State Park: You can hike or ride your bike in the trails of this state park, which has beautiful waterfalls to explore

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