If you travel in the winter months to New York City, you may need to pack at least one heavy coat, a scarf, a hat and a pair of gloves. And if you travel in the summer, don’t forget the sun cream and a pair of sandals! But, never forgetting an umbrella is important no matter what time of the year you are travelling. If it suddenly starts to rain, you won’t have the time to find a shop, and New York is typically a walking or public transport kind of city.
Once you get settled in your New York apartment, you will be doing a lot of walking. In NYC, it’s sometimes faster to walk than to get stuck in traffic. Even if you’re getting around by subway, note that some transit tunnels are very long and your feet will need proper gear so that you can enjoy everything.
Make sure you pack a comfortable pair of shoes that allow you to be on your feet and walk a lot. There’s nothing worse than blistered, sore feet on a vacation. A crossed-body handbag would also save your day out and prevent you from a backache!
Before you start putting things into your suitcase, evaluate your proposed wardrobe in relation to the type of activities you will be doing… and do think hard if you really need those four pairs of jeans (two would probably do, if any jeans at all). Remember to bring at least one dress — in case you go out to a Broadway show or to a fancy restaurant — and a pair of shoes to match with it!
Beyond this, you can bring a few accessories, like a couple of nice pairs of earrings or necklaces that can be matched with several of your outfits. Although I would recommend for you to stay away from super trendy jewellery. By the time the trend gets to your home town, it’s totally out of date on New York streets!
Remember, you may want to do a lot of shopping in the city, so leave room in your suitcase for things you purchase in the Big Apple. I would advise bringing the bare minimum with you if you intend to do any shopping. Otherwise you can buy a suitcase before leaving your apartment in New York to bring your extra clothes home, but remember that many airlines now penalise for excess luggage.