Fall Road Trip Style + Tips

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Whether you’re embarking on a road trip down California’s Pacific Coast Highway, driving through Vermont to see the leaves changing color, or making a trip to the mountains in early winter, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to bring on your next road trip.

Road Trip Style: Balancing Being Chic and Comfortable

When you’re on the road, it’s more important than ever to prioritize wearing comfortable clothes – because sitting in a car for hours, sleeping on a van mattress, or camping beneath the stars aren’t exactly the plushiest of experiences. (Worth it, though? Absolutely.) But for many of us, style just isn’t something we’re willing to sacrifice altogether.

To balance being stylish and comfy while on the road, opt for light, oversized layers with plenty of room to move around in, and you won’t feel constricted while driving. Our go-to items:

  • Slip-on sandals from Freedom Moses in the spring and summer; thick wool socks and Ganni boots in the fall and winter (and if you end up wearing socks with sandals, we are into it!)
  • Trucker hats or knit beanies for concealing bedhead
  • Oversized button-up shirts, flannels, and loose t-shirts
  • Relaxed denim shorts, loose-fitting jeans, or joggers
  • Roomy blouses (we love the ones from The Great)
  • Cotton crew sweaters and oversized cardigans
  • Bandanas for tying up your hair or adding a little flair to an otherwise simple outfit

More picks: Legend Sweater Shirt, The Weekender Fray Jean, Alma Jacket, Leyton Workwear Cotton Pant

What to Eat on a Road Trip (or Camping!)

Knowing what kind of snacks and meals to bring on the road can be tricky – space and heating options can be limited. But you can still get creative! Armed with a cooler and a campfire (or a car fridge and camp stove, if you’re fancy), you can still make tons of delicious, nourishing, and healthy camping meals that will fuel you for the rest of your adventures. Here are some of our favorite things to eat on the road:

  • Sandwiches and wraps (think: teriyaki chicken wraps, the classic BLT, veggie sandwiches, and more)
  • Breakfast cookies or energy bites prepared before the trip
  • Overnight oats
  • Nachos made over the campfire
  • Breakfast burritos or tacos
  • Chili

What to Listen to on a Road Trip

Because sometimes you can only stand the silence for so long, it’s a good idea to have plenty of podcasts and audiobooks queued up on your phone for when you need them. Here are some of the things we love listening to on those extra-long drives.

Best Road Trip Podcasts

Oprah’s Super Soul

More Than One Thing with Athena Calderone

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Lows to Highs by Karin Hadadan

The goop Podcast

Best Road Trip Audiobooks

Self-Help Audiobooks

Atomic Habits

The Four Agreements

The Untethered Soul

The Five Love Languages

Fiction Audiobooks

Where the Crawdads Sing

The Da Vinci Code (16 hours of mystery and action for those really long drives)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (What? It’s a classic!)

From all of us at Meridian, happy travels! (And don’t forget to drop into the shop, in store or online, to pick up a few easy pieces for your trip.)

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