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The Ultimate New York City Packing List

A trip to New York City will likely involve lots of walking, unpredictable weather, and long days outside of your hotel room. Plus, in a city this fashionable, you want to look stylish instead of like a tourist. Follow this ultimate New York City packing list to make your trip as comfortable and photogenic as possible. 

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The Best Shoes to Pack for New York City

You’ll be doing lots of walking in New York City, so make sure you pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes that won’t look out of place in a nice restaurant. STQ Women’s casual walking shoes will fill the bill. These canvas lace-ups are stylish, and the lightweight, breathable mesh insoles are perfect for pounding the pavement or a stroll through Central Park. They’re available in five color combinations to match any outfit. 

The Best Layers to Pack for New York City

New York City’s weather can be unpredictable, especially in the spring or fall. Be sure to pack layers so you can easily adjust to the weather, like this stylishand packable striped cardigan.

For colder weather, this Smartwool Merino Wool Puffer Jacket is very travel-friendly since it’s warm without being bulky.

On hotter days, adding in a packable hat or SPF shawl can help you adjust to warmer temps. 

The Best Day Bags and Purses for New York City

When you leave your New York City hotel in the morning, you’ll likely be too busy exploring to return until late at night, so be sure to pack a good day bag to hold all your essentials. PacSafe’s anti-theft crossbody bag has unique built-in features to deter pickpockets while keeping you organized. 

If you’d prefer a backpack, PacSafe’s 15-liter bag is the perfect size and has locking zippers that will keep all your stuff safe. 

The Best Dresses for New York City

Opt for a dress that’s casual enough to wear during the day, and nice enough in case you go to an upscale restaurant for dinner. This flowing pale yellow maxi dress is airy and resists wrinkles in your suitcase. 

For summer trips to New York City, pack Toad & Co’s Sunkissed Maxi Dress, which is made from a lightweight, cooling, and sunprotective fabric. 

The Best Jeans for New York City

You can’t go wrong with packing a good pair of jeans for your New York City trip, like Lee’s Womens Ultra Lux Comfort bootcut jeans. The spandex in these jeans will move with you while explore. These jeans are available in 11 colors and in a wide range of sizes.

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