What to Pack for an Autumn/Winter Trip to New York City September 06 2017

Now that September is here, it is only a matter of time before temperatures start to drop.  While there weather tends to be mild until mid-October, it is a good idea to pack accordingly should you be planning a trip to New York City from mid-September to as late as April, you will want to make sure you pack some specific items.  It tends to be the coldest in December, January and February, but the temperatures can sometimes bite you in early fall.  One of the main tips to being comfortable is to pack plenty of layers.  While it may be frigid outside, many indoor places can be uncomfortably warm.  And, just because it is chilly outside, it doesn't mean you can't rock a daring ensemble for a night on the town, you just need to plan ahead.

What everyone should pack for fall/winter?

 What to pack for fall or winter trip to NYC

Many of these items are specific to colder months, but most people could stand to have a reminder to bring chargers and power adapters.  

  • Long scarf
  • Wool Hat or Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Sweater
  • Insulated coat
  • Lightweight jacket 
  • T-shirts or tank tops for layering
  • Jeans
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Extra socks
  • Thermal underwear (if you get cold easily)
  • An easily packed or fold-able tote bag 
  • Extra underwear 
  • Sunglasses are still helpful almost all year round
  • Phone/laptop charger
  • External battery for phone charging
  • Add some of your favorite cold medication to your toiletry bag, just in case
  • Hand sanitizer--germs about in the small spaces, so better safe than sorry
  • Extra zip top bags in case you need to repack extra toiletries on your way back
  • Small flashlight

Specific to Women

Pack Stylish Winter Boots for Winter in New York

 Whether you are just planning a casual visit, it is always worthwhile to bring an outfit suited for a nice evening out. In the colder months, plan on having shoe options that you can bring with you )and change upon arrival at your destination) so you won't slip in transit.

  • Extra bra (a sports bra is a good option for cold and wet weather)
  • Scarf for your hair or an insulated hood for your coat
  • Waterproof boots for walking around the city
  • Long skirts can be lovely, but be sure they are not so long as to drag on the ground or they can get dirty quickly
  • Lightweight spare bag to hold casual shoes so you can change into dress shoes when you get to your destination
  • Lounge wear in the form of yoga pants and comfortable shirt or two piece pajamas

Specific to Men

What to pack when visiting New York City in fall/winter sports coats

Men have it a little easier in the colder months when it comes to packing, but having the right jacket that will keep you warm, but won't be unbearable in a crowded room.  And, if you are lucky, it looks great with slacks or jeans.  

  • Sports Jacket
  • Dress Pants
  • Button Down Shirt
  • Comfortable Pajamas
  • Waterproof Shoes


What to leave at home?

Leave your Umbrella at home when visiting New York City

While there are plenty of items that a traveler never needs to bring while on a trip of less than a couple of weeks such as full-sized bottles of shampoo, irons, any unnecessary electronics, expensive jewelry and bottled water, there is one item that is tempting to bring with you, but it is usually easier to buy one upon arrival.

Umbrellas--It is easy to purchase a decent umbrella for under $10 at a variety of convenient places.  If you insist, bring an inexpensive one that you can leave behind or donate on your way out of town.

Now if cold weather sneaks up on you, there is no reason to worry.  You can buy all of these items and more.  Heck, you may even choose to replace all of your items anyhow, but by packing these items, you will be prepared for any weather the fall or winter throws at you in New York.

Note:  If you know you will be enjoying tourist activities and may be battling the elements, you may want to bring a couple of disposable rain ponchos with you. You can buy them in New York, but it is cheaper and easier to bring them with you.  Yes, they aren't the most fashionable item out there, but they are convenience and can keep you dry on that double decker bus tour in the rain.