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Luggage and bags: A regular old roller bag is fine. Bring a small day pack or fanny pack for sight-seeing or shopping. Boston is a city for walking so choose a comfortable bag for your take-alongs. Try to fit an umbrella in your bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: .
Summer can be very hot and humid, so dress and pack light.
We don't normally get a whole lot of snow in the winter, but it can be cold and icey so bring some shoes with traction. It's also pretty windy downtown, so a warm coat & hat are a must.
The weather is very unpredictable between seasons, so be prepared for freezing temps and mild weather all in the same week.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Boston can be as casual or formal as you want it to be. Pack for whatever you want.
Photo Equipment: Always keep a camera handy. There are plenty of photo opportunities all around town.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you like to roller blade, bring 'em. There are bike paths you can blade on and in the Summertime, they close Memorial Drive on Sundays for bladers.
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Dress for the cold weather!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When we left Memphis it was rather warm outside, so I just couldn't imagine it being very cold when we got to Boston. All I took with me for warmth was a fleece pullover. It snowed the whole time we were there! Also very useful to take would be an umbrella. I've never had to use an umbrella to shield myself from the snow before, but everyone in Boston was doing it. I guess I'm used to being inside when it's snowing. I highly recommend taking an umbrella if you're going to Boston...especially in the winter months (even in April!).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes depending on where you are walking - old (and new?) tiled sidewalks can be very uneven so watch out. Bring a light sweater and/or a light wind jacket as the weather changes quite often throughout the day, and usually the temperature drops a few degrees as soon as the sun goes down. Best to layer.
How 'bout this weather?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boston is famous for its volatile weather...thus, the overused quote "if you don't like the weather in (insert name of city with crazy weather), just wait five minutes."
In Boston, you can usually err on the side of cruddy weather.
As for rain advice, I say leave your umbrella at home. I opt for a rainslicker with a good hood and waterproof shoes. The combination of wind and rain makes umbrellas usually useless.
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Luggage and bags: Depends on how much, exactly you bring and how long you expect to pack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: WINTER: Winters are a sloppy mess here in Boston. Bring shoes you hate, or a good pair of rubber boots in case of bad weather. We have potholes and bad drainage, creating vast lakes where many people think streets once were. Bring very very warm clothing. Not only does it get cold, but it is a wet, wet cold that chills your very bones.
SPRING: Spring is a bit dicey. Its always hard to say what the weather will do. Its probably best to bring some waterproof sneakers, long sleeved shirts and sweaters, sweatshirts, light jacket, jeans.
Summer: Shorts. Summers can be very very hot, and very very humid.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything's accessable.
Miscellaneous: Be sure to bring lots of single dollar bills for the T. The T says it cant take dollar bills, but it lies.
"If you don't like the weather, wait a minute"
Luggage and bags: I don't know what type of bags or luggage you should bring, although I would recommend if you are checking your bags, to buy a color other than black, because having to look carefully at EACH black suitcase because they ALL look like mine, is one of my biggest pet peeves. I have started tying a little ribbon around the handle of it.... so that helps!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As the title reads, "if you don't like the weather in New England,....wait a minute!" because it can be hot and sunny one day, and cold and rainy the next.... so pack for all types of weather!!
Photo Equipment: Digital camera if you have one, and scan the pictures into your VT website to show everyone what Boston looks like!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There isn't camping in Boston, obviously, but if you're here for a while and want to do that, there's great places up North about an hour away, in New Hampshire.
For Beaches, again, the city beaches are not recommended by me,.... however, go a bit north or south of the city and there are beautiful beaches. Ipswitch/Gloucester area up north are great, and Duxbury/Marshfield/Cape Cod beaches in the South.....
Packing for A Weekend Away
Luggage and bags: Our trips to Boston are usually a weekend stay so a small rollaboard or overnight bag is fine.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boston is a great place to walk so definitely pack those comfortable shoes. Depending on the season you should dress accordingly. In the summer Boston can be frightfully hot so wear light clothing to beat the heat. In the winter it can be rather chily by the water so dress warm and wear layers. I always bring an umbrella it does rain here just like any other place.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair gel, contacts, lens solution, deodorant, brush and body wash.
Photo Equipment: I always bring a digital camera, video camera and memory card reader.
Winter Visits to Boston
Luggage and bags: Our last visit to Boston was during the MLK Jr. Holiday weekend in January 2010. We took a small rollaboard for our stay.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We anticipated the weather to be chilly especially by the water so I wore a heavy jacket and my wife wore her mink coat. The weather was cold but not bad since we dressed warmly. I wore comfortable walking shoes and Liz wore her most comft pair of boots to walk the streets of Boston.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I did bring a hat which came in handy as the sun went down and the temperature dropped.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the fall and especially the winter months remember to dress warm. Coats,hats,scarves, and gloves should be worn when visiting Boston. Also, for the tourist, remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Miscellaneous: Dont forget chap stick and a camera!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I don't know about the rest of the year but at spring time I recommend that you are ready for a lot of rain, hot sunny weather and chilly nights. So who has been to Göteborg will recognize the climate. Bring good shoes, it's a town to walk around in!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boston, like anyplace else on the Eastern seaboard, is vulnerable to the Gulf Stream, and therefore, though normal summer highs are from 80-85, it is PLENTY humid (sometimes during REAL hot spells, folks go to Miami Beach to COOL OFF)! And the winter months see the kind of snow worthy of a ski resort. As with most of America east of the Continental Divide, the best time to visit is in the late March/late May and late September/early November periods.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boston is supposed to be absolutely freezing in winter. I brought heavy wool coats, hats, gloves -- you get the picture. Well, the first week of December 2001 they had record-breaking heat -- around 75 F during sunny days. People were walking around in t-shirts and shorts, and sitting in outside cafes. On our last evening, December 13, at 11 pm, it started snowing. I was thrilled, and wanted to get up to walk around the block while it was still snowing. I couldn't convince Robert that was a good idea, because we had to leave at 5 am for the airport. All I got were a few photos out of the hotel window. The next day it was already turning to rain, and the coming week was supposed to be very warm again.
So, the only thing that is a sure thing is to bring good walking shoes. Also, it is an East Coast big city, so bring dressy clothes if you're into nice restaurants, opera, theater, etc.
Photo Equipment: A tripod would be a good idea to capture all the lights at night, especially during the holidays. I didn't bother with one, and you can see how blurry some of my night shots are. But I was having so much fun, I didn't care. Blurry = artsy -- correct?
Luggage and bags: You don't have to bring many things.
Just taking a bagpacking travel is ok~~
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A pair of shoes that is nice to walk is ok.
Only June and July is hot.
Photo Equipment: Be sure to bring your camara and films.
Or you will miss many beautiful things.
Luggage and bags: I have learned 1 thing on my recents travels don't over pack. If you can survive on 1 suitcase such as a 19' carry on roller bag. That's all I would pack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For those on Day trips - wear comfortable shoes.
For those staying a bit longer- I spent 5 weeks there and was cold every day-bring a sweater or light jacket
NE Weather: Give it a Minute & It'll Change
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always pack some sort of slicker/shell/waterproof jacket. I was visiting over the first weekend in May, after the hottest marathon day ever, and it was POURING RAIN and FREEZING. Like, 40 degrees freezing. Other friends of mine who had traveled from California for our reunion were going to Patagonia to buy fleeces because they had packed so inappropriately. I always bring at least one fleece and one shell, because you never know what you're gonna get! Similarly, always bring a broken-in pair of sneakers or walking shoes - Boston is a compact city and easily walkable, but there are areas with bricks, cobblestones, and other uneven surfaces - better to be safe than sorry!
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