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Packing for Fall in New York City

What to Pack in New York City: Packing for Fall

Traveling to New York City is a dream trip for many people. You want to make sure you pack appropriately for the finicky fall weather so you can focus on enjoying everything the Big Apple has to offer.

Clothing, Shoes, Weather Gear

Fall temperatures in New York City are mostly moderate, but this season is hard to predict. Bring a combination of warm and cold weather clothing. Ideally, pack layer-type clothes you can pile or shed very flexibly because in October, and sometimes November, the weather can swing wildly from 40 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring a jacket or sweater too because even in late September it can become nippy.

Comfortable shoes are a must. New York is big, and, even if you take public transportation, you’ll probably still be doing a lot of walking.

It does rain in New York City during the fall so be aware of the weather and check your phone’s weather app for updates. Bring a small and foldable umbrella. Although, if it rains, street vendors magically appear with $10 umbrellas. Also, some of the hotels do have umbrellas for their guests.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies

Take your essentials by all means, including any prescription medication, but don’t worry too much about running out of favorite products. You can buy anything in New York City, so if you do forget anything, you’ll have no problem picking it up.

Photo Equipment

A camera is a must, and pack plenty of memory (or film) because you’ll need it. Every corner on every street is likely to offer a photo opportunity. Bring your camera charger or extra batteries too (although if you run out of batteries, they are competitively priced and you can pick them up almost everywhere).


If you’re from Europe or any other continent, don’t forget to pack an adapter for your electronics. You do have to watch out for pickpockets in New York City. Be careful about asking strangers on the street to take your photo, and hide the camera on the best you can in the subway or on crowded streets. You also might want to consider two wallets. One cheap one with a little bit of money in it and your usual one. Keep your usual one well-hidden.

Also, bring a backpack to carry your essentials and anything you might buy.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about packing for fall in New York City.

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