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Take Two Pairs of Comfortable Broken In Shoes
Luggage and bags: The luggage you bring will depend on your mode of transportation. By air, travel as light as you can.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Never go anywhere, especially someplace where there is as much walking involved as in New Orleans (on hard pavement), without two pairs of comfortable walking shoes - shoes that are already broken in. Otherwise you are asking for blisters or worse.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your prescription medications. Otherwise there are stores here.
Photo Equipment: Have enough film or a large enough photo card so that you don't have to stint yourself on pictures.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We were in New Orleans in December. Although I checked the weather forecasts before we left, an unexpected cold front came though, and we about froze to death. It was too cold for us to do some of the things that we wanted to do.
Normally, however, NOLA is very hot and humid. Pack for it and be sure to take raingear.
Miscellaneous: As we were eating lunch at the aquarium, I looked out the window and saw these three men. They were taking off their shoes and socks and inspecting their feet. Were they homeless men or tourists with blisters?
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Bring an extra pair of shoes !!!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come to New Orleans during the 3 BIG, BIG parties of the year....Mardi-Gras, Jazz Festival, and Sugar Bowl week, you will either end up buying a new pair of shoes, or throwing a pair away....since the crowds are HUGE during those times to walk on the streets in the French Quarters is a huge mess, beer, ice, urine, everything on the street and it get to the point that your shoes get soaked and sink like you don't believe !!!!! I found that out the first time I was in New Orleans........it gets so bad that you have to not only throw away your shoes, you have to wash your feet as soon as you get back to the hotel because they are wet with all the stuff described above !!!!! A MUST WHEN coming to NEW Orleans...an EXTRA PAIR OF SHOES !!!!!
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if you have long hair, wear it up!
Luggage and bags: backpack, roll along..always travel light!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: tennis shoes, comfort is key, you can do a LOT of walking in this city, heels are a bad idea as a lot of the streets are crowded, uneven, etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: pepto bismol or anything for upset stomach is a good idea if you're not used to cajun foods..
Photo Equipment: nola isn't particularly cheap, bring all your own film, camera, etc if you can..
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: light comfortable clothing..it can be very hot, and HUMID in new orleans, a rain jacket isn't a bad idea either though.
Miscellaneous: have fun!
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Luggage and bags: Everything should roll. Don't carry anything over your shoulder
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable but stylish walking shoes are a MUST! You'll be walking a great deal to see everything.
You'll want to look pulled together and upscale. We both packed black jackets which were attractive, went with everything and also helped when it got a bit chilly in the evening. Ladies, don't be afraid to pack something which looks a little flashy, or else you'll feel frumpy on Bourbon Street (and who would want that). My husband purchased a pair of black leather pants there and he looked very 'up-town'.
All your shirts should be breathable natural fibers (cotton & silk are great).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: This is a humid climate. If your skin tends to get a bit oily carry with you some pre-packaged alchohol swabs in little foil packets (you get them at the pharmacy). It's very refreshing and keeps your complexion looking good.
Miscellaneous: Don't be afraid to purchase and wear a feather boa in the french quarter. They are only about $6.00 and make a great fashion statement. You can buy then to match your outfit and then they quish down to a very small size to pack home. They make great gifts as well. The gentlemen can buy beads that also will make them look more festive in the french quarter.
Luggage and bags: Back packs are wonderful in New Orleans. You can throw any souvenirs (probably spelled that wrong) into a back pack along with money, jewelery, wallets, and toys/kids stuff. Plus you keep your hands free to pick up new things.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I cannot stress enough. COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES! You walk EVERYWHERE in this city, with the exception of the street car. (But you still end up walking up and down all of the streets.) If you go after April, light clothing that breathes is good, shorts, and some kind of hat to keep the sun off your face. And make sure to drink lots of water...the humidity can kill you down there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ladies..the humidity will ruin your hair...so reinforce with more hairspray. Perhaps handkerchiefs for perspiration, LOTS OF WATER, and deoderant. -You get hot...you smell...end of story.
Photo Equipment: Any camera! There are so many Kodak moments! Victorian houses, cemetaries, gardens, restaurants, clubs...you name it..you'll want to remember it. There's a film/battery stand about every 5 feet, so it won't be a problem if you run out.
Luggage and bags: Small backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear good walking shoes. You will walk more in this city than anywhere else! I always try to dress comfortable, but not touristy. Many of the locals have a real sense of style to the way they dress. Not fancy, just cool. Leave your baseball caps at home and remember that beads are for Mardi Gras (if you don't want to really be tagged as an outsider).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hangover cures and antacids!
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