New Orleans – What to Pack
New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind American city with a French flair. If you’ve never been and are wondering what to pack, here are some tips to help you get started packing for New Orleans.
Pack for Walking
New Orleans is a walkable city. Pack a couple of pairs of comfortable walking shoes and bring a backpack to carry water, valuables like cash and your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way. When the sun begins to set and you’re still walking, break out the insect repellent. New Orleans’ mosquitos are unforgiving.
Pack for Hot and Humid Weather
Depending on the time of year, packing for New Orleans typically means being ready for heat and humidity. For the winter think layers, but for any other time of the year you will want to pack sub-tropical attire. Shorts, T shirts, and sundresses, for example. Bring extra clothing to account for how many times a day you find yourself changing unless you can do laundry. Pack a hat, sunglasses, sun block, and an umbrella or light raincoat for afternoon showers.
Pack for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras falls somewhere between February and March every year. Authorities don’t allow tents, staked umbrellas, or coolers. Bring a blanket or wrap to throw on the grass instead. Also pack a pair of shoes you won’t mind getting dirty: The streets of New Orleans are a mess during Mardi Gras and you might be better off ditching your shoes after the celebration is over.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about packing for New Orleans.