What to Pack for a Trip to NYC | NYC Packing List by Season
New York weather can be unpredictable at best, like warm sunny days in February followed by snow the next. So when packing for a trip to NYC it’s best to come prepared for whatever the weather throws at you. Here is my NYC packing list by season including my top recommendations that will leave you ready for a trip to NYC!
NYC Packing List by Season
Table of Contents
- 1 NYC Packing List by Season
- 2 Spring / Summer NYC Packing List
- 2.1 Dresses/ Rompers / Cropped Jumpsuits
- 2.2 2. Casual Tops
- 2.3 3. Jeans
- 2.4 4. Light Jacket
- 2.6 5. Shoes
- 2.7 6. Accessories
- 3 Fall / Winter Packing List for NYC
- 4 NYC Essentials
- 5 Related NYC Posts:
Ever wondered what the heck to pack for a trip to NYC? This is a question I get a lot. But I have to reassure you that its easier than it seems! If you break down what you plan on doing in NYC, you can easily formulate how many outfits to bring. It’s likely that you’ll be sightseeing during the day which means packing a casual look. Then at night you’ll probably will change for dinner or a show. For night time opt for a dressier look.
NYC Packing Formula
Depending how many nights in the Big Apple, I would pack one casual sightseeing look per day and add in a few dressier options for night time. Sometimes there will be no time for you to change into a dinner look because time in NYC seems to not exist. So I wouldn’t be too concerned about bringing one for every night that you stay in NYC. For example:
3 Days in NYC: 3 Casual Sightseeing looks & 2 Dressier looks.
5 Days in NYC: 5 Casual Sightseeing looks & 3/4 Dressier looks.
Spring / Summer NYC Packing List
Dresses/ Rompers / Cropped Jumpsuits
I love packing dresses and rompers because they fit inside your suitcase so well, and they constitute for a whole outfit. You won’t have to worry about matching which is a huge plus. Less thinking works for me. For sightseeing, I would pack a few casual dresses. Also, plan on bringing a little black dress for night plans like dinner or a broadway play!
2. Casual Tops
Spring: Light Sweaters // The weather is still heating up during Spring, so plan on bringing some long sleeve options. These light colored sweaters add some color to the notorious all black NYC uniform.
Summer: Breathable Tops // It gets HOT in summer so make sure your tops are breathable and light weight.
4. Light Jacket
The weather in NYC can be so unpredictable especially during spring so definitely pack a light jacket. If you are coming during spring, even a lighter wool coat will work just because the weather is still heating up. During summer just one light jacket would work for cool nights.
Bringing comfortable shoes to NYC is a must with all the walking around you’ll be doing. For spring/summer I would plan on bringing comfortable flats, a bootie, and a dressier sandal. I couldn’t recommend these Viscata espadrilles enough. Each pair has padded soles so you can comfortably walk around and they come in over 10 colors. I wear them almost everyday!
You can keep your packing list pretty simple with the basics and change up your look through accessories. I love packing a stylish fedora to dress up my looks, as well as lightweight scarves. Adding in some bright colored earrings can change your look without taking-up room in your suitcase.
Fall / Winter Packing List for NYC
1. Jackets & Coats
Fall: Jacket // During fall you’re still going to need to bring a coat, however it doesn’t have to be as heavy as a winter coat. This is where I like to have fun with color and texture to brighten up your look!
Winter: Heavy Coat // When visiting NYC during the Winter you’re going to need to bring a heavy coat to keep you warm. Nothing ruins your mood when you’re consistently cold. If I were to splurge on a clothing item, my jacket is where I would spend my money!
Sweaters are a must for a fall/winter trip to NYC. Turtnecks are my faavorite becayse they add in extra warmth. You can also back a thermal undershirt for extreme cold days. I like the long sleeve heat-tech thermals from Uniqlo. They are extra thin and provide extra heat!
Just like Spring/ Summer, I recommend bringing a casual jean and one dark wash jean to dress up at night.
4. Sweater Dresses
During the fall, you can pull of wearing dresses without being too cold. I also love wearing a sweater dress with over the knee boot on a fall day in the city!
You’re going to need to pack at least one winter shoe that you don’t care if it gets wet from snow or the rain. Another fall/winter essential is an over the knee boot. My favorite is the Lowland from Stuart Weitzman. While one of my priciest purchases… ever, I wear them almost everyday in fall/ winter for the past three years! Another favorite is this bootie from DSW. While they have a small heel, but they are so so comfortable!
Hats // A cute winter hat is essential for winter. I love adding in a beret, or a cute chunky winter hat!
Scarves // Scarves are a great way to add color to your outfits without taking much room in your suitcase
Stockings // Planning on wearing a dress in winter? I’d pack some stockings to partially block the cold!
Whenever you plan on coming to New York, be sure to pack these essential items!
Trust me on this: you might want to consider bringing a backpack! A stylish one, of course. From the amount of sightseeing you’ll want to carry around some essentials like a water bottle, some snacks, a camera, etc. Having a large bag will be helpful so you can keep your hands free.
Portable Charger: Your phone will thank you for this one. Chances are you’ll be using your phone a lot for photos, looking up directions, etc. Having a portable charger will save you after your phone hits ‘low battery’.
Zip Wallet: This is one of my latest favorite travel essentials. Usually they are sold in a set like this kind, but I take the smallest size and use it for my wallet for cards, cash, lipstick, keys, and any other small items in one place. Trust me when you are searching for a tiny metro card, or lip balm you’ll be glad all your small things are in one place.
Umbrella: I would opt to bring your own small umbrella just in case it rains, otherwise you’ll be overspending from the street vendors for an emergency umbrella that will break after 10 minutes.
Foldable Water Bottle: Light weight and takes up less space than a regular water bottle. Sounds like a win win.
Hand Sanitizer: Because, it’s New York.
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