NYC Packing List: What to Pack for New York in Winter

NYC Packing List: What to Pack for New York in the Winter

If you’re a Southern Californian like me, planning a trip to New York in the winter can be a little bit intimidating. I’m used to 75 degree beach weather, but today I am taking off to NYC for a fun weekend trip before heading back to school. When packing for New York, it’s important to think about what season you’re in and make sure to check the weather to make sure you pack accordingly.

Clothing

3 pairs of pants

1 pair of leggings

2 coats

2 sweaters

2 tops

1 dress

2 pairs tights / leggings

2 beanies

2 scarves

1 pair gloves

bras + underwear

2 pairs socks

handbag

backpack

Tip: Try to pack things that are all in a similar color scheme so you can easily mix and match pieces. Also, rolling your clothes saves extra space in your suitcase for souvenirs and extra clothes you may purchase on your trip!

Shoes

1 pair of boots

1 pair of flats

1 pair of sneakers

Tip: Make sure to bring at least one pair of comfy shoes that you won’t mind walking long distances in.

Toiletries

toothbrush

toothpaste

hairbrush

face wash

curling iron

makeup

Tip: Most hotels will provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hair dryers. Take advantage of this and leave your big bottles and heavy heat products at home!

Electronics

camera

phone

laptop

iPad

chargers

headphones

external battery

Tip: If you don’t want to carry around a large camera, opt for a disposable or Polaroid instead.

More Tips

  • Layer, layer, layer! This allows you to make quick adjustments depending on the weather and activity.
  • Don’t bring a big umbrella – you can usually find them on the street for $5-$10.
  • Free wifi is found in most cafes, libraries, subway stations, in addition to a few restaurants and hotels.
  • Try not to overpack (this one always the hardest for me!) You can always purchase anything else you need during your trip.

Do you have any other packing suggestions or travel tips? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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14 Comments

  1. January 13, 2017 / 8:23 am

    I like to think I’m a great packer but when packing winter clothes it’s so hard! They take up space and I always want to bring two coats like you suggest. Great tips!

    xo, Amanda
    http://www.aglamlifestyle.com

  2. January 13, 2017 / 8:47 am

    These are great packing tips! A pair of sneakers is a must in NYC for all the walking you will do. Have such a fun weekend, New York is one of my favorite places!

    xoxo,
    Kim
    http://www.champagneistablog.com

  3. January 13, 2017 / 9:29 am

    You are definitely coming prepared – love your packing list. Maybe I should ask you to make a list for me next time I travel, lol. Have a great time in NY. The weather is back to cold again so you’re definitely on the right track. Can’t wait to see pics! Xoxo

  4. January 13, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    This is such a great list. I always like to bring a small portable charge that I can use to charge my phone in my purse.

    Cheers, J
    http://www.cheersj.com

  5. January 14, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Are you headed to NY for fashion week?! If so, you are going to have so much fun! I went in September and I can’t wait to go back in the fall.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  6. January 14, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I am such a list maker so I totally appreciate this! Love the little unicorn so much! I’d love to get there in the winter months.

  7. ruthieridley
    January 15, 2017 / 7:22 am

    Gahh!! Have the best time! Love your tips and all of your goodies pictured! Always love your photos!! XO

  8. Kristina
    January 15, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Hope you had fun in NYC- it’s one of my FAVE cities… and I always overpack, lol!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  9. January 16, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Perfect packing list! Have a fun trip!!

  10. Shelby Back
    January 16, 2017 / 7:33 am

    I’m a perpetual over packer, but this list might help with that! Comfy shoes are a MUST for NYC!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

  11. January 17, 2017 / 6:50 am

    Such a great packing list! I’m heading out on a trip soon and cannot leave without my Tula!!

    Mindy II AMIXOFMIN.COM