Packing for a hike can seem straightforward enough: Light backpack, water bottle, hiking boots and some snacks, but during a transitional season like the fall, you don’t always know what you’re going to come up against.
Getting out on the steep hills, rugged trails or flat paths with the family can sometimes make packing for all situations a challenge. With varied terrain and changing seasons leading to fickle and, sometimes, unpredictable weather, there are a few odds and ends you can add to your family’s bag — just to cover all your basis.
Chance of Ice
In the event ice and snow is covering some upcoming trails, Yaktrax can slip on your hiking boots and help gain traction. With a variety of sizes for men, women and children, any age hiker can keep up. Just choose your size and slip on before venturing over slick paths.
Pack a few body warmers to have on hand, in case sore muscles or a cold front comes in. You can slip them into the kids’ gloves, shoes and hats or use the adhesive kind to sneak under clothing.
Chance of Rain
A lightweight slicker is always great to have on hand for a transitional season hike. Something light, foldable and protective is a great staple to have — especially for outdoorsy families. Having a light, waterproof jacket rolled up tightly in your backpack is a great fall back for fall weather. Check out Eddie Bauer’s lineup of impossibly light backpacks and jackets that can fold up into themselves in a pinch.
Inside those tiny backpacks, bundle a few pairs of dry, clean socks in the event you or the kids need to change or layer up. Bring Ziploc or waterproof bags to keep portable chargers, dry food or anything else you want to protect from impending weather. You will thank us later.
Chance of Sun
Sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses and hats are always great accessories to travel, especially on a hike. No matter the season, you’ll find the kids will get regular use out of UV-protective sunglasses.
Don’t forget safety precautions, like first-aid kits, self-cleaning water filter systems, fire-starters, maps and portable phone chargers. You might not want to weigh yourselves down on just any easy hike, but having some back-up in the car for safety is ideal.
Shop more camping and hiking gear to get some inspiration for your next hike, with the added security of having a few emergency back-ups.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.