I’m writing this from my somewhat unique perspective of living in an RV, but any of these items are useful no matter where you live!
When I think of fall, these are my favorite things. They pull me outdoors to appreciate the dip to cooler temperatures. They encourage me linger: over my coffee, in front of the fire, spending time with my kids, smelling apples from the orchard or making s’mores. Can a waffle-maker be just a waffle-maker? Sure.
But most of all, I think in their own way, all of these are memory-makers. Below are my list of favorites. Clicking on the pictures will take you to Amazon (aff links). For my full disclosure, click here.
#1 – A fire pit! We may have discussed my love of fire pits, fires and s’mores before, so you will understand why this has to be top on the list. Even before we had an RV, we had a fire pit on our patio to make s’mores as soon as the weather would allow a fire.
#2 – This griddle. My favorite. I have thought carefully, and between this and #3, I would have to choose this. Thankfully, I have both and don’t have to choose. It is fantastic for making bacon – outside – on a picnic table! It can make almost a pound/package at a time. Which is necessary. If you have ever made bacon, you know it disappears as fast as you make it! In addition, you can make 8 pancakes or grilled cheese at a time – plenty for our size family. I LOVE this griddle. We store it in our outside kitchen and I use it more in fall than any other time.
#3 – Narrowly behind the griddle is this beauty. The same kind you get at the hotels where you make your own waffles. My husband had to stay in a hotel for an extended period of time and when he left, this is what he missed the most. So Santa brought him one. Use this in combination with #2 for easy, easy breakfasts. Waffle mix. Everyone makes their own. Grab bacon from the griddle. Sit outside and drink your coffee. Perfection. (We run an extension cord from our outdoor kitchen to the picnic table at most campsites.)
#4 – Something for the kids! Throw one or more of these color changing packets on the fire and watch the colors dance in your fire. They often sell these in the camp stores but this is the better (cheaper) way to buy them.
#5 – In my list of priority, these are actually a staple and not just for fall. You might see these on a Christmas list, 4th of July list, etc. I’m going to just keep recommending them. How can anyone get along without them? I really want to know. Great quality for grilling hot dogs and countless s’more activities. We have used ours for three years and they are not even showing wear yet.
#6 – lanterns! What kid doesn’t want their own lantern? My son got this one for Christmas and it is a super bright LED one, that is collapsible as well. This is sold as a 2 pack. You can also buy a set of 4. Great for camping, obviously. But also good for those emergency bags some people keep packed.
#7 – an apple candle is a necessity for fall. I purchased a lovely apple candle on a road trip to Blowing Rock, NC and it is my favorite! I believe the name is Baked Apple. If you won’t be in Blowing Rock, this candle looks amazing and has great reviews. Not only that, but they also employ adults with special needs to place the wicks. I love when companies go out of their way to give back!
#8 – a collapsible cooler/picnic basket. Great for outdoor concerts or for short hikes. The big plus is that since this collapses, it can easily be tucked into a backpack for the return trip. We have a similar one. This is also handy just left in the car for those unexpected grocery runs. Cold foods will stay cold longer when in this insulated bag.
#9 – a waterproof blanket. Companion to #8. When you get to the concert, this is a great place to sit and let the kids squirm. Because that’s what they really want to do. Much lighter to carry than lots of chairs.
#10 – A game you can play outside! The weather is cooler. Fewer bugs. Do it now before the evenings get too short. Yard games are a fun way to mix it up. Here are two that look like fun for all ages.