New York is an amazing city anytime, each season offers visitors plenty of reasons to visit. When choosing what to pack for a winter trip, some items are essential. This following post is a New York winter packing list and includes a downloadable checklist that you can print.
Visiting the city that never sleeps in winter has many positive aspects, apart from how beautiful everything looks covered in snow. You can find cheaper hotel rates, the city is less crowded and you can enjoy plenty of indoor activities the city offers. However, it can get really, really cold so it is important to wear the right clothes to enjoy your days in the city.
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New York winter packing list
When it comes to what to wear in New York in winter, layering is key! Temperatures can vary so it’s important to pack the appropriate winter clothes.
- Thermal clothes: I use a thermal t-shirt and leggings from Uniqlo. Leggings are great for wearing underneath your pants and add warmth.
- Sweaters: You will also want to wear comfy wool sweaters.
- Pants: I like to pack two pairs of pants. If you want to wear a dress or skirt, make sure you pack a good pair of thermal tights.
- Coat: Make sure you bring a coat that is warm enough. A water resistant jacket will work for the snowy days.
- Socks: Don’t forget to bring thick socks, Smartwool is great.
When it comes to shoes, you’ll want to bring a pair of comfortable waterproof boots. I love my Timberland boots, I think they’re perfect for NYC weather in winter. If you want to get snow boots, Sorel is a great canadian brand. You might also want to bring a pair of walking/athletic shoes and a pair of nice shoes if you’re going out to a nice restaurant. A pair of rain boots might be useful as well.
- Scarf, gloves, hat: A long thick scarf is a must have. You will also need to pack a good pair of gloves, I like Columbia ones. You will also need to pack a hat or beanies (I love my Herschel beanie). It is also a great idea to bring earmuffs to protect your ears.
- Bag: Most museums do not allow backpacks and will require you to check them in, so a good option might be to bring a cross body bag. I have a Herschel backpack which I love because it’s small but big enough to fit all the items I need for a day exploring the city.
- Lip balm: I seriously can’t travel anywhere without a lipbalm. You will definitely need it everyday in winter in New York. I love Burt’s Bees.
- Foot and hand warmers: If you’re really cold, you can buy foot warmers and hand warmers which will keep your feet and hands warm for a couple of hours.
ELECTRONICS & EXTRAS
- Portable charger: A portable charger is definitely a must!
- Electric converter: If you’re not from the US, you’ll need a US adapter. I always travel with a universal adapter.
- Packing Cubes: These are great for keeping your suitcase organized and to maximize space.
- Water bottle/Mug: I always travel with a water bottle and fill it up at the hotel. You can also bring your own mug for warm beverages.
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