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Not sure what to wear in NYC and desperately searching for the perfect NYC packing list?

Makes sense to me since the weather in NYC is manic at best (so always check the weather prior to your trip since it can change rapidly from day to day)

Plus:

New York City is one of those rare and magical places where you can literally wear just about anything and no one will even look twice.

No, really.

You could walk around in a giant Teletubby suit and people would assume you’re just a lost, costumed character from Times Square.

Yeah, we’re used to the incredibly weird and totally embrace it.

I mean:

Where else would you find a no pants day on the subway?

That’s why:

It can be difficult, at best, to create a perfect, NYC packing list if you’re not from the area.

Because seriously:

What constitutes chic, fashion-forward, NYC attire that will help you look and feel like a confident local; a local who desperately avoids eye contact while confidently, and briskly, walking down the street?

Well, I’ll be honest:

You definitely won’t find me on the catwalk at New York City Fashion Week any time soon.

However:

As a native New Yorker who has lived here for well over twenty years, I can show you what to wear in NYC so that you can blend in with the locals.

PSST…Lesson number one:

Leave the scrunchy at home. No respectable NYer wears a scrunchie. And if they do, it’s to a SoulCycle Class, while carrying an organic, antioxidant-rich, Kombucha Tea.

Bot more lessons to come my young Jedi.

For now, relax, take off that I heart NY shirt, and grab an authentic, NYC bagel with a smear of cream cheese to satiate your hunger as we swan dive into this local’s guide on what to wear in NYC.

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1. PINCNEL Women’s Backpack and Purse

First things first:

Obviously, you’re gonna need a super sleek, stylish, and totally practical day bag to hold all of your crap while you’re schlepping through NYC on the subway (cabs are way too expensive and there’s a ton of traffic so buses can take forever).

And this PINCNEL Women’s Backpack totally checks all those boxes.

And added bonus? It’s in black and NYers LOVE black since it’s slimming, matches everything, and helps you blend in so that rookie thieves don’t mess with you.

But what really makes this one of the best carry on bags for women is the fact that this bag comes in six different colors, has a unique, waterproof/antitheft design (nylon is fused with leather to create a fabric that can withstand slashing), and is big enough to hold a 10″ MacBook, among other things!

Pretty sweet right?

A bag that’s big enough to hold all of your day trip essentials, but not so big that you’ll develop back problems and turn into Quasimodo.

Plus:

This backpack is even designed with a fantastic back zipper, that accesses the main compartment and rests up against your back while you use it.

Therefore:

Say goodbye to theft-related anxiety and hello to serenity since there’s no way that anyone could open the zipper and steal all your belongings while you’re walking around.

Hooray!

There are also two adjustable shoulder straps, one detachable crossbody strap (use this in museums that don’t allow backpacks), and a slew of interior and exterior pockets to keep you uber-organized while looking like a super snazzy NYer.

And all this for just $26!!! Crazy right?

Trust me, no way are you gonna find a backpack this cheap and this awesome while in NYC.

#justsayin’

***Overall, NYC is a pretty safe city. I’ve lived here for well over twenty years and have never had a problem with pickpockets or muggers. So, while you don’t need to go out and buy an assortment of crazy anti-theft devices, like a money belt, do use common sense and try to avoid parts of the city that look a bit sketchy.***

2. Dark Skinny Jeans

Like the rest of the world, we in NYC love a good pair of booty poppin’ skinny jeans.

That’s why:

No NYC packing list would be complete without an uber cute pair of dark skinny jeans.

And in fairness:

No booty pop is needed but they do need to make your butt look cute and make you feel as though you’re wearing the most comfortable pair of sweat pants EVER.

And you’re gonna need a BOATload of comfort after eating all the delicious bagels and pizza that NYC has to offer.

Because if nothing else, NYC knows how to do food right.

That’s why I live and die by these Aviator travel jeans!

Not only are they the most comfortable pair of jeans that I’ve ever worn. but they’re true to size, make you look/feel amazing, and have five insanely large pockets, with zippers, that can fit even your behemoth passport.

But the cherry on top of this sundae of awesome?

These jeans are incredibly well made and will probably last longer than any cockroach on the planet since they’re durable, flexible, and breathable (the heavens open up as a choir of angels sing and rejoice).

Personally:

I go with a dark wash, or black, pair jeans since I think they look a little chicer, but you can’t really go wrong with any of the clothes on Aviator’s site.

The only teeny tiny drawback?

These jeans are $110 a pair. I know, pretty pricey.

But:

These pants are so well made that buying a single pair of these jeans is way cheaper than purchasing jeans of lesser quality every two months. 

And:

If you go to their website, you can sign up for their email list, and get an extra 15% off!

That’s a $16.50 discount that you can use towards buying another pair for your London packing list (insert winky emoji here)!

Okay:

I know not everyone can afford a $110 pair of jeans. If this sounds like you then check out these Levi’s Gold Label Jeans.

I wore these before I got my Aviator’s and think they’re a viable alternative since they look nice, are true to size, have a comfy elastic waistband (it’s also a control top waist that holds in your muffin top and makes you look a solid 5 pounds lighter), and cost just $25 a pair.

Perfect for any ladies out there who are on a budget but still wanna look and feel GOOD.

3. Fashionable Black Leggings

Anyone who reads my blog knows of my incredible fondness for black leggings.

I mean:

What’s not to love? They’re comfortable AF, easy to pack, versatile, cheap, and are just an all-around, essential piece of clothing that every woman should pack when traveling to NYC.

Why you may wonder?

Well, you want to be comfortable since you’ll be walking around a lot.

But:

You’ll also want to pack a TON of layers since the weather in NYC can change dramatically from one day to the next.

That’s why, leggings are key when packing for NYC.

Just pair them with a nice chunky knit sweater, scarf, and cool pair of boots (no heels, you’ll kill your feet) for a casual look, or dress them up with a nice sequence dress and a glam pair of ballet flats.

Boom, you’re done! Super easy and super comfy.

However, not just any pair of leggings will do. They need to be durable enough not to rip every time you wear them, but they also can’t make you look like you just walked out of a CrossFit class meant for Olympic champions.

Haha, me, do CrossFit? Talk about a JOKE!

Anyway, I love these American Apparel leggings because not only are they uber comfy (even after you wash them and they shrink a bit), but they come up over my stomach and prevent me from sporting a wicked awful muffin top of DOOM!

Plus:

They cost just $20 and come in colors that I legit, didn’t even know existed. 

So, definitely try these leggings out and let me know what you think.

4. Timberland Boots

I like to be as transparent with my readers as humanly possible.

Therefore:

I’ll be the first one to admit that I haven’t actually worn a pair of Timberlands since I spent my summers working at a stable…in ye olde middle school.

Yeah, it’s been awhile.

However, It would be remiss of me not to mention Timberlands on this NYC packing list since almost every NYer on the planet owns, loves, and worships all that is Timberland.

Plus:

I’d lose what little NYC street cred I have left if Timberlands didn’t make this list.

Personally though:

I still see them as construction boots and would never wear them outside of a stable.

But, clearly I’m in the minority.

And I do know from personal experience that they are comfortable, durable, and basically the unofficial uniform of New York City.

Which makes sense since the streets of New York City are filthy, making it imperative for everyone to own a quality pair of work boots that will keep their feet warm and dry when the wrath of the polar vortex rains down upon New York City.

Plus:

Timberlands tend to hold up MUCH better than UGGS in the rain/snow, and come in a variety of different colors and styles that will suit just about anyone.

I mean:

They now make Timberlands in high heels and colors like pale pink. Need I say more?

However:

I’ve heard that Tims do run a little big so I definitely get a half size smaller than you normally do. 

This way:

They’ll still be comfortable but easy to wear with a pair of heavy socks. 

Plus:

These boots are pretty versatile. So, you can easily wear them with the laces done up, or only half way up, with the tongue sticking out (and they won’t slip out because of the boot’s high ankle).

They also look wicked good with a pair of skinny jeans tucked into the boot or with your socks coming out of the boot and over your skinny jeans (they look awesome with leggings too). 

Definitely a fantastic pair of boots that will make you look and feel like a REAL New Yorker.

5. Official New York Yankees Hat

You're not a real New Yorker if you've never bought or owned this iconic, New York Yankees hat.
You’re not a real New Yorker if you’ve never bought or owned this iconic, New York Yankees hat. 

While I don’t wear a Yankee hat on the reg. (I wear a slightly more polished sunhat instead):

I have owned, worn, and loved one of these hats for a time.

That’s why:

I can absolutely confirm that yes, these hats are amazing and yes, they really are beloved by most NYers all across the city, minus the Mets fans (FYI: NYers refer to NYC as “the city”).

Sorry, but I consider the Yankees more of New York’s team since they’re more internationally known. Guess we can thank Jay-Z for making the Yankee hat an actual “fashion trend”.

And while there are a ton of different Yankees hats out there, this is the only official, Yankees hat that locals will wear, making this a perfect New York City gift idea for any New York lovers out there.

But:

If you REALLY wanna look like a local and wear this hat correctly, then you CANNOT bend the brim and you must keep the sticker on.

Do this and New Yorkers will accept you as one of their own.

But seriously:

I’ve had one for years (not that I really wear it anymore) and it’s comfortable, stylish, durable, and even comes in a variety of colors.

Plus:

Buying this hat online is WAY cheaper than buying them at Yankee Stadium.

So:

Feel free to get your NYC swagger on with an official Yankees hat like this.

6. Waterproof Boots

So:

If you’re not in the mood to rock construction worker chic Tims throughout your entire vacay, then you’ll definitely need a pair of boots that are stylish, comfortable, and waterproof since NYC has been getting a lot of rain lately.

And waterproof is a must since you don’t want to get caught in one of those black hole size mud puddles that NYC is infamous for.

That’s why:

My pick for the perfect NYC boot is the UGG Simmens! Seriously one of the most comfortable and stylish walking shoes that I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing.

Not only are they cute AF, and mad comfortable to BOOT (get it), but they are waterproof and come with an awesome zipper that helps you quickly and easily remove them at airport security.

Plus:

They have a wool insole to help keep your feet warm and a rubber sole bottom for added traction.

That’s why:

They’re perfect for almost any season in New York City, except maybe summer when it’s disgustingly hot and humid.

So:

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that can withstand the wear and tear of NYC, but that will still look fab in the process, then these are the boots for you.

FYI:

My precious…I mean, these boots run a small so I consider ordering a half size larger than you normally do.

7. Raincoat

Since it rains a lot in London (DUH), everyone must have a rain jacket on their London packing list.

Definitely check the weather before you leave for NYC because if it says no rain, then obviously there’s no need to pack a raincoat.

Because let’s be honest:

This is NYC, so I pinkie promise that you’ll be able to find anything and everything that you could EVER possibly want here.

That’s why:

If there is some sort of freak, Sharknado level crazy storm, just grab a cheap, plastic poncho from a street vendor and call it a day.

They’re like $5 and you can just throw it out when you’re done with it.

But:

If it looks like a tsunami of rain is about to descend upon New York City, or if you visit during spring (March-May), then definitely pack a flattering raincoat that will keep you warm and dry.

And my fave?

The Cole Haan packable raincoat! Not only does it neatly and easily fold up into your suitcase, but it also has a removable hood (I love this because I think raincoats always look so much sleeker without a hood) and a charming belt, that when used, gives it a more customizable, feminine fit.P

I also love that the fabric is durable, comfortable, waterproof, and heavy enough to be worn throughout the spring and fall (just wear a sweater underneath during the fall so that you don’t get cold).

However:

This jacket does run a bit small, especially in the back and arms, so try and order a size or two up if you think you might want to buy this jacket.

8. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

Raise your hand if you carry electronics with you on vacation?

(This girl’s hand shoots straight up and almost pokes someone’s eye out)

Yup, just like the rest of my self-indulgent generation, I too am a tech-dependent Millennial who would probably fall down a well or get eaten by a rogue shark if I didn’t have my GPS with me at all times.

Therefore:

It’s beyond imperative that I keep my phone fully charged and ready to go 24/7.

Because:

If the battery on my phone actually does die, it’s like a Defcon 5 national emergency.

But Never Fear:

That’s where this pint-sized portable of wonder charger comes in.

Feel free to oh and ah at all (kidding).

So take a deep calming breath, namaste it up, and chillax because this gadget will recharge multiple devices and save you a trip back to your hotel.

The best part though?

This charger is so small that it easily fits inside your makeup bag, leaving space for super important things like that Harry Potter wand that you just HAD to buy

I get it. The Muggle struggle is real (if you hate Harry Potter just ignore this).

9. Electronics with an International Adaptor

Now:

Since appliances in the United States run on 110v of electricity and electrical outlets are shaped differently than the rest of the world, anyone living outside of North America (and most of you are not) will need a dual adaptor and current converter when using electronics in New York City.

Don’t get me wrong:

Most laptops, cellphones, and cameras should be totally fine, but many hair dryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners won’t be since they don’t support multiple voltages.

Just to be certain though:

Double check the tag on any appliances and make sure that it explicitly states that the appliance is dual voltage. If it does then you can safely use it in the US without a currency converter.

Now:

Obviously, you’ll want to bring your smartphone too, if it isn’t already permanently attached to your hand.

Therefore:

Try and purchase a sim card for your unlocked phone prior to your visit so that you don’t get hit with a ton of data overages while using the internet to navigate the not so mean streets of NYC.

Also:

Don’t forget to pack a decent pair of headphones, which is the socially acceptable way to ignore people who try and talk to you. Three cheers for social isolation!

Personally:

I love a good pair of noise-canceling headphones since they drown out all the ambient noise and let me watch my movie/listen to my music in peace.

But any pair of headphones will do. It just depends on your budget. 

Some other electronics that you might want to pack include a tablet with a keyboard, a lightweight laptop, and an e-reader, like a Kindle

Just make sure that you choose wisely and don’t overpack!

10. Camera Gear

While I wouldn’t exactly call NYC picturesque (just look at the garbage heaps and the rats the size of cats), there are a ton of beautiful parks and iconic landmarks that you’ill want to take pictures of.

Therefore:

Unless you want to draw everything by hand, you’ll clearly need camera gear of some sort to commemorate your trip.

Personally:

I’m not a huge fan of selfie sticks (aka Millennial wands of self-indulgence) since I feel like a total tool when I use them.

That’s why:

As a die-hard solo traveler, with no Instagram husband to speak of, I suck it up, force my eyelids open even before the sun dares come up, and drag my tripod around with me wherever I go. 

Yes:

It’s 110% as un-fun as it sounds, but totally worth it once you get a bunch of amazing pictures that make you feel like a slight Instagram baller.

But:

If you still want to use a selfie stick, that’s totally cool. No judgment here. I just don’t like it for me.

Just know that in most major cities, a selfie stick is the hallmark of a naive and unsuspecting tourist.

And speaking of tourist (terrible segway I know):

There are a few other photography essentials that you might want to add to your NYC packing list.

You know, things like spare batteries, spare memory cards, any type of lens you may need, a UV filter, and a great camera bag to store all this expensive gear.

My personal fave just happens to be any of the amazing bags over at GATTA.since they are the highest quality and most stylish camera bags that I’ve everowned.

Sure:

They’re a bit on the pricey side, but totally worth the investment in my humble opinion.

Because trust me:

I’ve had camera bags break on me, mid-trip and it’s never fun and always anxiety inducing since you’re constantly wondering if today is the day when your camera will finally be destroyed.

I happen to love the Rosewood Camille (above) and the Chloe Noir (smaller, chic, and black).

Both of these camera bags are stylish on the outside, with a fabulous, felt like interior and an adjustable divider that creates a customizable fit to cushion your camera and help protect it from damage.

PSST: Pack extra Ziploc bags to put your wet clothes in or to keep your electronics dry.

11. Collapsible Water Bottle

I know:

A collapsible water bottle will never be the sexiest or most exciting item on any travel packing list.

But:

When you visit New York City and begin to realize that a single bottle of water can cost upwards of $3, this reusable water bottle starts to get a whole lot sexier.

Plus:

Not only does it help you save money on drinks, but it also protects the environment by reducing your overall plastic consumption.

Added bonus?

Ultra-left wing hippies will also stop throwing titanic levels of shade your way as you guzzle down your filthy, mass-produced, environment destroying diet coke (all a joke since I LOVE diet coke).

Plus:

Rome has about a billion water fountains since Rome was the first empire to create aqueducts and transport massive amounts of water from the country and into the city.

But why buy THIS water bottle?

Well, it’s a nifty, collapsible water bottle that will take up little to no space in your bag when you’re not using it to carry water.

So:

No more bulky water bottles that seem to take up way too much room in your bag.

Instead:

Just deflate this water bottle, roll it up, and, BAM, you now have a ton of space for other, nifty travel essentials.

Just take the handle strap, pass it under the rolled up water bottle, and then hook the strap to the plastic ring that attaches the strap to the water bottle

And that’s it. Poof, you are now an NYC packing pro.

12. Stylish Walking Shoes

Since New York City is the largest city in the United States, and the ninth largest city in the world (thanks Google), clearly you’ll need to do some walking, even if you take the subway everywhere.

That’s why:

Comfortable but stylish, walking shoes are the key to any outfit when figuring out what to wear in NYC.

And if you do get new shoes, be sure to break them in BEFORE, and not during your trip to New York City.

Because honestly:

I don’t know too many people who go around saying, “Oh gee, I just love blisters and watching my heels bleed from the discomfort of my shoes,”

That’s why: 

You need to treat yo’self and check out the Steve Madden Women’s Gills Fashion Shoe.

Truthfully though:

I was a bit nervous about buying these shoes since I didn’t think I would like them.

See:

I had previously purchased a pair of quilted, Steve Madden slip-on sneakers, and they were exactly what I wanted.

They were stylish, comfortable like traditional sneakers, and really easy to slip on and off, which was perfect for the sirport.

Except for one tiny problem…they gave me horrible blisters until I broke them in.

That’s why:

When I finally got these shoes, I wasn’t 100% certain that they would be comfortable.

But:

I diligently researched these shoes before I bought them and ordered a size larger than normal as a preemptive strike against any potential blisters; something that probably wasn’t entirely necessary since the heel has extra padding and is also a bit rounded to prevent blisters.

Well:

I’m delighted to report that these shoes are comfortable, last a LONG time, look good with almost any outfit (just be sure to buy a neutral color shoe ) and are easy to put on and take off.

That’s why:

My love for all things Steve Madden has been fully restored! HOORAY!

***Remember to put on no-show socks if you wear these to the airport. Because nobody wants to step on the airport floor in their bare feet. That’s just gross.***

13. Faux Leather Jacket

Now:

I definitely wouldn’t wear this jacket in the dead of winter when the polar vortex is in town and there’s three feet of snow on the ground.

But:

If you’re looking for a fashionable jacket that will keep you warm and toasty on a cool spring day, then this Lock and Love Quilted Faux Leather Jacket is where it’s at. 

Not only does this tailored, faux leather jacket make you look super chic, but it’s also incredibly durable, and made with high-quality stitching that makes it last for what feels like forever.

It’s also black, which is great since New Yorkers will forever love the slimming beauty and power of this magnificent color.

FYI though:

I’m a vegetarian. So, I won’t be wearing real animal products any time soon, which is yet another reason why I adore this imitation leather jacket.

Plus:

The faux leather used to make this jacket is incredibly high-quality, which is why it actually looks and feels like real leather, and not like a glorified potato sack.

It also comes in pretty much any color you can dream up which is always a bonus.

Be forewarned though:

This company does not do returns. Therefore, if you purchase this jacket, carefully read the reviews and select the size that’s best for you

Yes:

This jacket is meant to be a form-fitting jacket, but not so form-fitting that you faint due to a lack of oxygen.

That’s why:

I would order a jacket that is two sizes larger than your normal size since it’s better to have a jacket that is too big than too small.

14. Chunky Knit Sweater

Chunky knit sweaters are another one of my not-so-low-key clothing obsessions.

But:

They are even more awesome if you’re traveling to New York City during the summer.

Why, you may rightly wonder, since NYC is disgustingly hot and humid from June through August?

Well:

While it may be hot outside, inside of every building in NYC, the AC will be cranked up to sub-Artic temperatures.

Therefore:

Fail to pack something warm during the summer and you’ll spend your entire trip to NYC feeling like you’re about to freeze to death.

And let’s be honest:

If you’re gonna pack something warm to wear anyway, might as well make it something that’s WAY nicer than that grody old sweatshirt of yours with the unintentional thumb holes.

Plus:

A chunky knit sweater is just a great go-to travel item if the weather suddenly changes and you need something to keep you warm.

You could even MacGyver it up and use your chunky knit sweater as a blanket or a pillow during a long flight.

Personally:

I love this sweater from MEROKEETY since it’s soft, comfy, and drapes over you nicely and not in a living room curtain kind of way (but it doesn’t have any closures which is kind of annoying). 

Plus:

It fits well, falls just above the knee, has deep pockets for added storage, and a flattering v neck that will make you feel like you’re the reincarnation of Jennifer Aniston.

However:

The stitching is a bit odd and gives it an almost terry cloth look which I am not a fan of.

It also isn’t made for frigid weather.

Therefore, don’t go out in the middle of the winter wearing this, and only this, you know, like one of Jack’s French girls (Get the Titanic reference? No? Right…awkward).

15. Little Black Dress 

Women’s travel dresses are always an ABSOLUTE must.

Not only are they easy to pack, but they always make you look and feel AMAZING (like you tried to look good without actually doing anything).

Now::

This dress happens to be a Boatneck Sleeveless Vintage Tea Dress from one of my favorite designers on Amazon, Grace Karin.

I love their dresses (I have a dress with a short sleeve black top and a white bottom with lemons that I get a ton of compliments on) since they’re high-quality, last forever, true to size, come in any pattern/color imaginable, are reasonably priced at $30 a dress, and hide any bodily imperfections with the help of a pair of  Spanx.

Added bonus?

This dress is made of some mystery, magic material that is wrinkle resistant, which is essential for me since I don’t think I’ve ever used an iron in my life.

Just a truly timeless look that might even make someone like Grace Kelly go a bit weak in the knees.

Also, a fantastic piece if you’re planning a fab night out in NYC and want to dress up a bit for a Broadway show (FYI: You can dress up for a Broadway show if you like but you definitely don’t have to. No joke, you could literally wear sweatpants and no one would care. Also, before you purchase Broadway tickets, find out how to get them for half price!)

16. Tide to Go

Since I am a total, un-hot travel mess:

Tide to Go is a total MUST since I’m always spilling something all over myself.

So:

While I can’t save myself from acute spillage of the least attractive kind, I can do a little incognito damage control by whipping out this little cleaning wand of wonder to dab away any evidence of my incredibly un-dainty ways.

Sure:

I’m a glorified walking disaster, but that doesn’t mean I wanna look like a hobo while traveling since washing machines are few and far between when in transit.

That’s why I stick with this little miracle and pray for deliverance from my accident-prone ways.

And while we’re at it, add some Advil to your NYC packing list too.

Because trust me:

There’s nothing worse than having a pounding headache from a debaucherous night before, with no relief in sight (except maybe a $10, mini-bottle of Advil that you’ll find at the airport).

17. Travel Insurance

I know:

Travel insurance is probably THE most boring thing on the planet to talk about…except when you have a medical emergency and it saves you from a lifetime of debt to a foreign country.

In that instant:

We all want to profess our undying love for travel insurance and tell ignorant travelers about the beauty, wonder, and awe of this modern day mircale.

Or maybe that’s just me.

Hey, all I know is that when the proverbial doo doo (only pretend I said something far more severe) hits the fan, I never regret my decision to play it safe and purchase awesome travel insurance.

But I’ve been there.

I too have been tempted to save a few dollars (or yen, pounds, pesos, euros, etc.) by skipping the travel insurance.

But:

As you get old, wise, and infirmed, you, and your dwindling bank account, quickly see the error of your ways.

So moral of this parent size lecture?

Always get travel insurance, even if it’s not from the company I recommend (COUGH…WORLD NOMADS TRAVEL INSURANCE IS THE BEST). 

Why, you may wonder?

Well, as a veritable maven of travel mishaps, I’m the type of person who would trip over an escaped tiger and plummet down the side of a cliff, and end up in a full body cast, after a leisurely stroll through the woods. 

And while you probably aren’t an accident-prone disaster like me, you also probably aren’t a psychic who can predict exactly when you’ll need travel insurance.

That’s why you just need to suck it up, put your big girl panties on, and add travel insurance to your NYC packing list.

But what is the best travel insurance out there?

Personally, I LOVE World Nomads Travel Insurance! 

Not only do they cover you in almost any country that you might want to travel to, (besides SUPER offbeat places like Pakistan), but they also give you an amazing level of coverage, make it super easy to customize your plan, and even let you extend/change your policy while you’re still traveling,

Amazing no? 

But, out of the buffet of options available to you, how do you know what plan to get?

Easy! 

If all your gear is worth less than $1000, purchase the basic plan.

However:

If you’re a travel blogger like me and carry a camera, laptop, tablet, and phone, all of which cost well over a $1000, then the explorer plan is the way to go since it will reimburse you for any gear that is lost or stolen (both offer emergency medical coverage of up to $100,000).

So, my fearless travel fam:

Go forth, buy travel insurance, and be the awesome traveler that I know you are.

18. Inflatable Neck Pillow

I HATE sleeping on planes. It is literally the worst thing ever. 

I sit there, wide awake, plagued by a perpetual case of insomnia while everyone else is in a blissful slumber, quietly dreaming about our final destination. 

But:

The only thing that makes the entire ordeal even slightly bareable is a neck pillow.

And my pillow of choice is the inflatable daydreamer neck pillow.

Not only does it give me the neck support that I need to sleep on a plane, but it’s also easy to pack since it occupies a fraction of the space that a normal neck pillow does.

I just deflate it, roll it up, place it in my carry on, and marvel at the space I have for all of my other carry on essentials.

Plus:

It even has a velvety soft exterior and a built-in air pump for easy inflation.

Yup:

This little sleep-inducing marvel will help you get the rest you need while taking up minimal real estate in your carry on.

19. Toiletries

Yeah:

Discussing the finer points of toiletry packing doesn’t exactly make me tingle all over and want to frolic around in jubilee.

However:

I also don’t want to have rats swooning at my feet because I smell like a trash heap while strolling through the streets of NYC.

Therefore:

We should probably discuss toiletries, at least briefly, so that you don’t forget anything ultra-important, like a toothbrush. 

But let’s be real:

You’ll need the same essentials that you would for any other trip around the globe.

You know:

Things like a brush, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, moisturiser, contact lens solution (if you wear contacts), medication, and any makeup or sanitary products that you can dream up.

But:

If you do have a momentary memory lapse and forget something uber-important, no need for a post-apocalyptic meltdown since NYC has anything you could ever want.

Now:

In terms of toiletry bags, I usually just throw all my stuff in a ziplock bag and call it a day since I’m not super glam.

However:

I recently decided to try and be a bit more organized and discovered this fantastic toiletry bag.

Not only does it come with a durable hanging hook that makes everything 10,000 times easier to find, but it also has a sturdy zipper, a breathable mesh pouch, a sturdy handle, and is big enough to hold almost every toiletry imaginable. 

Added bonus?

It only costs $16 which is pretty perfect since no one wants to spend a year’s salary on a bag that will only ever sit inside their bathroom or luggage.

***Remember to pack sunscreen in the summer and chapstick in the winter so that your lips don’t shrivel up like the Sahara desert.***

20. A Nice Top

The good thing about NYC is that you can wear pretty much anything and it’s totally okay.

So:

Walk around with a bright, purple mohawk and no one will even look twice.

However:

Rock a huge backpack, an I love NY shirt, white velcro sneakers, and a straw hat, all while carrying a selfie-stick and we’ll all know that you’re a tourist.

Instead:

Dress to fit the vibe of NYC which is gritty, fast, and exciting. That’s why, I would rock something slightly edgy.

No:

You don’t have to wear anything that has nipple holes and requires pasties, but something with a little extra spark that is still neutral enough to be worn with a jacket or a colorful scarf.

That’s why I love this top.

The unique design of the shoulder gives it a little extra something, but it’s also neutral enough to be worn with some awesome jewelry or a retro-chic jacket.

Plus:

It’s super soft and loose enough to hide all of your wobbly bits, which I for one am a huge fan of.

And I mean really:

This shirt only costs a whopping $9, so how can you go wrong?

Exactly.

What to Wear in NYC: Winter Packing List

The winter season in New York City is cold, with daily highs of 44 degrees (on a good day) and lows of 25 degrees, between the months of December and February.

Also be aware of the fact that:

NYC can be quite wet during this time of year, with eight days out of every month typically receiving rain or snow.

However:

That is only a guideline. Do yourself a favor and ALWAYS check the weather forecast before you arrive.

Not only can the weather be warmer than you think (one Christmas it was 70!), but you also don’t want to pack knee-high snow boots if you don’t have to; which is exactly what you’ll need on a snowy day in NYC since the slush puddles here are MASSIVE.

  • Heavy Down Jacket that is waterproof (lighter winter jacket if it’s not frigid)
  • High Snow Boots (or waterproof boots if the weather is dry)
  • Comfortable and Fashionable Slip-on-Sneakers (1)
  • Dark Jeans (1)
  • Cardigan (1)
  • Stylish Sweater Dress (1)
  • Fashionable Leggings (2)
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (4)
  • Socks (3)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Comfortable Sleep Clothes (1)
  • Bras (3)
  • Hat (1) Gloves (1) and Scarf (1) (NYC is known to be windy and cold in the winter.

What to Wear in NYC: Fall Packing List

Fall is a beautiful time to visit New York City.

Not only are the summer crowds gone and the hotel prices cheaper, but the weather is less hot and humid, making it easier to walk around the city.

Additionally:

Once the cool, crisp air rolls in, leaves all over the city begin to change and develop exquisite, vibrant colors that are a wonder to see.

So:

If you’re planning to visit NYC during the fall season, between the months of September and November, expect daily highs of 65 degrees and daily lows of 42 degrees, with sometimes cold and blustery days.

You may also encounter some rain, or snow, since it typically rains seven days out of every month.

  • Raincoat (1) or a Heavy Jacket (1) if the forecast calls for cold weather
  • Scarf, hat, and gloves (1 of each) if the weather looks cold
  • Ankle Boots (1) or snowboots (1) if snow is in the forecast
  • Fashionable Slip-on-Sneakers (1)
  • Dark Jeans (1)
  • Cardigan (1)
  • Stylish Dress (1)
  • Fashionable Leggings (2)
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (2)
  • Short Sleeve Shirts (2)
  • Socks (3)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Comfortable Sleep Clothes (1)
  • Bras (3)

What to Wear in NYC: Spring Packing List

Unless you’re an allergy sufferer, spring is a fantastic time to visit NYC.

Not only are all of the flowers in bloom, but between March and May, temperatures are gradually warming up.

Therefore:

Expect longer days with average highs of 65 degrees and average lows of 40 degrees.

Also add vibrant, floral patterns to neutral clothing to better fit the overall aesthetic of the season.

  • Short Sleeve Shirts (2)
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (2)
  • Dark Jeans (1)
  • Fashionavle Leggings (2)
  • Dress (1)
  • Raincoat (1) or umbrella (1) or Jacket (1)
  • Socks (3)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Bras (3)
  • Comfortable Sleep Clothes (1)
  • Fashionable Slip-on-Sneakers (1)
  • Cardigan (1)
  • Comfortable Ballet Flats (1)

What to Wear in NYC: Summer Packing List

One word: Air-conditioning.

Travel to New York City during the summer and air-conditioning will be your new best friend since NYC is notoriously hot, humid, and disgusting throughout the summer.

Throw in huge crowds and high, peak-season prices and you’ll understand why summer is my least favorite time of year to visit NYC.

Therefore:

Pack light clothing, in colors that repel the sun (like white), as well as sunscreen and a sunhat since average highs are 85 degrees and average lows, are 68 degrees between the months of June and August.

***Also pack a heavy sweatshirt or sweater since every indoor space in NYC cranks up the AC to temperatures that are beyond frigid.***

  • Short Sleeve Shirts (2)
  • Sleeveless Shirts (2)
  • Summer Dresses (2)
  • Long Skirts (2)
  • Sunhat (1)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bras (3)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Socks (7)
  • Comfortable Sleep Clothes (1)
  • Light Rain Jacket (1)
  • Cardigan (1)
  • Heavy sweatshirt or sweater (1)
  • Comfortable Sandals with a back (1)
  • Fashionable Slip-on-Sneakers (1)
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to visit the beach)

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Huzah! You made it to the end! 

I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or squeeze the life out of you (from pure joy) since you made it to the end of my epic NYC packing list. 

But regardless of my inability to EVER be concise, I hope you now understand exactly what to wear in NYC if you want to be both stylish and comfortable.

And if you’re even slightly intrigued by this guide on what to pack for NYC, then pin this now and read it again later!

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Not sure what to wear on your next trip to New York City? Then check out this ultimate packing list for NYC, filled with essential packing tips and tricks, from a local, that you'll need to help you create NYC outfits that are perfect for every season. #NYCOutfits #NYCTravel #RNYCGuide #NYCOutfits #NYCPackingGuide