Packing for New York City

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this weekend I booked myself a last minute trip to New York City.  As a child, our family used to visit every year for Thanksgiving because we have family in New Jersey. We would stay there and take a train into the city and just explore all day. I became very comfortable with the hustle and bustle of the city. I love going there, especially now that I am older. We stopped going for Thanksgiving, but my parents still have to go once a year for a work even that falls right after July Fourth weekend every year. I went with them two years ago and spent the majority of the time exploring the city on my own. 

This year I wasn't planning on going with them, but Daniel is being pulled into a work training thing that would leave me alone for the week so when I got lucky and found some cheap flights and booked one right away. I'll be there from Tuesday-Sunday and I am so happy to get the time with my parents, not to mention the great food i'll be eating, and the ultimately dangerous shopping i'll be doing. 

I thought I would share a little on how I pack for the city. I don't have all of my clothes here, which makes it a little more difficult, but I'm working with what I've got. 

First of all at this time of year, the city is so hot and humid and with about a billion people walking around in the same direction you're bound to be bumping into each other, making the heat even worse. Above is basically my perfect New York outfit, striped t-shirt, thin black jeans (avoid heavy material), comfortable boots (there is lots of walking to do!), a small backpack for things like a wallet and chapstick, sunglasses, and an umbrella. When I was there a few years ago it went from rainy to sunny and back and forth again. 

I also like to pack lots of flowy dresses and a couple pairs of shorts, as well as a few crop tops and one light jacket just to avoid getting soaked when it rains. I also plan to bring my toms, they're my most comfortable walking shoes but unfortunately don't do well in the rain. Finally, a hat works miracles in this type of climate to hide my hair when its frizzy after getting all wet from the rain. 

My final piece of advice is, don't pack too much! There is street after street of clothing stores in the city. You will end up bringing back more than you left with so you'll want to leave a little room in your bag. If I could afford it I wouldn't pack anything, I'd just go and buy a whole new wardrobe every time I went, but it's not a perfect world and therefore my own clothes will have to do. 

Have you spent any time in the city? What do you never forget to pack? 


  1. Next time you go take the Amtrak! We took the Amtrak from Fayetteville to Penn Station and it was so much fun!

    1. I didn't even know that was an option! That's so cool, I wish I had known about it sooner :)

  2. Have a great time! I haven't been to NYC in years. I hope to go back someday.


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