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Luggage and bags: Pack light, cause I'm not going to carry your stuff.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The most comfy shoes you got.
Coat and Hat and Gloves. Boots too from Dec. to March.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ibuprofen, walking is pain...
Photo Equipment: All you got.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hockey stuff. Skates. Bike.
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Bring walking shoes!!
Luggage and bags: Pack lightly if you can, especially with the airlines charging extra for every bag. If you plan to do much shopping while in NY, consider packing a duffel bag or something similar that you can fold into your suitcase and use to fill for the trip home. Or, worse case scenario, buy another suitcase while in NY. Most tourist shops carry suitcases of all sizes and prices, so no need to worry about how you'll bring all your new purchases home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you've got a comfortable pair of shoes that allow you to be on your feet and walking a lot. In NYC, it's sometimes faster to walk than to sit in traffic. Plus, it's a great way to get familiar with a neighborhood. You can easily walk several miles in one day without even realizing it! So do yourself a favor -- when you're out seeing the sights or shopping, make sure you've got comfortable shoes on.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Unless it's prescription medication, if you didn't pack it, you can always find it here. There are hundreds of 24-hour stores (chains and mom & pop) throughout the city. At any hour of the day you can be sure you'll be able to find what you need.
Photo Equipment: Looking for a new digital camera? NYC may be the place to shop! We've got all the national chains (Best Buy, Circuit City), but also some locally owned businesses that have been around for decades and who know their stuff. Competition breeds prices that are favorable to the consumer and bargains can be found. If you're in the market, check out J&R (downtown near City Hall) as well as some of the specialty photo shops, like B&H Photo, which is a local favorite. Their superstore is on 9th Avenue between 33rd & 34th streets (Note that B&H is closed on Saturday for the sabbath).
Miscellaneous: For information on sample sales, which happen all the time all over the city (great opportunities to get severe discounts) check out the most recent issues of Time Out New York and New York magazine.
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Best experienced on foot
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'd think that anyone planning a visit to New York would either be wearing or be certain to pack their sneakers/trainers/tennis shoes/walking shoes. You'd be wrong. Once I arrived, having driven down in my bedroom slippers, with nothing but the spare Crocs I kept in the trunk for muddy dog walks! You will be doing a lot of walking in New York, even if you're getting around by subway (some of those transit tunnels are very long indeed), and your feet need proper gear so that you can enjoy everything. If you forget, there are myriad stores where you can buy replacements -- but New York has a stiff state sales tax, so you'll likely pay much more than you would at home.
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: If at all possible, avoid rolling luggage!
There's nothing a new yorker hates more than rolling backpacks!
Rolling luggage is perfectly fine if you must, but on no account are you to spend your days with a rollign backpack behind you.
This is the one thing most likely to earn you the wrath of teh natives.
Also, a zippered purse might give you peace of mind, but its far from necessary. Many many people carry open tote bags on teh subway every day, and rarely is anything stolen. Fear of pickpocketing is far over worked. Plenty of people commute every day sitting on teh subway with thier ipods out in thier hands, and it doesn;t get stolen.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everyone dresses casually here. If your out during the work day, you'll look like a tourist anyway. But on the weekends, everyone will be wearing jeans, sneakers, tshirts, and sweatshirts. Contrary to popular belief, a shirt from somewhere else does not make you a tourist. When we go on vacation, we bring stuff back and where it around town.
oh and FYI- what everyone says about all white sneakers is insane. Kids wear them all teh time-- there your basic nikes. And they will be completely worth it--several miles is no distance to walk at all, you will probably end up doing much more than that on a regular basis.
And don;t worry about fitting in-- the rule in NYC is, so long as you don't look like a tourist, anything goes...absolutely anything
Cuz you know, we've all seen worse...
PS- black IS a common color in nyc, but again,nothing will stick out. Lots of white will get very dirty though.
The most common item of clothing, by a huge margin, are blue jeans--EVERYONE wears them!
Photo Equipment: Cameras are also majorly important. They are also teh one thing that will make you look like a tourist. THere is really no need to have it around your nack at all times, it will only make you look like an idiot or get stolen.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Use common sense about the weather--I've lived here all my life and am fine in the middle of winter with feet of snow in a sweatshirt and canvas sneakers...most people aren't. Here it gets very cold in teh winter and very hot in the summer. Depending on what you are used to, pack accordingly.
Miscellaneous: BUY A METROCARD!
a week long (or however long your stay is) UNLlIMITED is teh best value
Comfortable tennis shoes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable athletic shoes or whatever you feel comfortable to walk , walk and walk!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find all 3 oz or less toiletries for 99 cents at the drugstores all around the city.So you dont need to bring them from home. Tylenol, Advil and Excedrin are accesible over the counter everywhere.
Photo Equipment: Be sure to have enough memory space on your camera... or bring your external drive to upload. Expect to take a lot of pictures.
NYC survival kit
Luggage and bags: A backpack to use on your daily exursions in this great city. And a suitcase that holds all the stuff that you are going to shop...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good and comfortable walking shoes, every city block is larger than you think. Clothing depends on the season....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always a good idea to bring half empty bottles that can be thrown away to allow more space for your new stuff on the way back ;)
Photo Equipment: Wide angle lenses for those huge buildings...
Check out B&H Photo Video, for great deals on photo/video equipment (www.bhphotovideo.com)
Miscellaneous: A good map of the city and lots of cash to spend on shopping, there are a lot of great deals all around, but thats the problem, if you add them all up still you need a lot of cash ;)
Luggage and bags: As few as possible! A carry-on duffel bag and a small checked-bag are all you need really.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfy shoes! but dont think this means clunky gym sneakers! Go for sytle too! Comfy black flats or converse or keds slip-ons are cute and adorable, but also comfy.
And bring thing that can be used in many ways, or reused. For example on a cold day, a large pashmine can become a shawl, but on warmer days, it can become a cute scarf. Skinny jeans work well too. They keep you sufficently warm on cooler days, and dont get you all heated up in the warmer temperatures.
Photo Equipment: lots of space on your digital memory card- NYC is an incredible city of photogrpahy. In less then 24 hours I once took over 250 photos. Make sure you know how to work the black+ white on your camera before you go, it can greatly enhance some of your pictures. And also, keep your eyes open for the little things-it makes the trip much more special, and also, think about your angles. Take a picture up a building. This works in places like the Village and Soho where there are beautiful fire escapes. And think about the little details. One of my favoirte prized photos is of a intensly-zoomed in section of an ancient Greco-Roman delicately-carved coffin that I saw at the Met.
Luggage and bags: Well your more than likely gonna fly in so just a case you can spot easy is what I'd reccomend
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The most important thing when I''ve been is comfy shoes as if your anything like me you'll do a lot of walking whether it's seeing the sights or just shopping NYC is a big place! As for clothing I can't really talk as I always find it warm when I leave scotland but I've seen people wearing jackets in NYC when I've been wearing shorts and Tshirt so probably best advice just to check a weather website before going!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are chemists everywhere so it is easy to get anything you forget
- Hiking and Walking
Be a boy scout...even for once!
Luggage and bags: Travel light, bring a duffel bag with wheels rather than a suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need a good jacket, walking shoes. Look at weather.com and see if it rains, bring an umbrella or a water-reppelant jacket with a hood. Bring muffler and gloves. And good warm walking boots won't hurt. Dress like New Yorkers do and you will be safe with the weather.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are readily available at Duane Reade. So don't worry if you didn't bring any. DR pharmacies are everywhere!
Photo Equipment: I would recommend a slim and light 7megapixel digicam, and a small videocam, and you are good to go!
Miscellaneous: Map of New York City is a must! With the subway map of course.
- Family Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: i ended up wearing trainers most days, you get to cover a lot of ground in NY, and i dont think people are too concerned what you are wearing on you're feet so either very good walking shoes or trainers.
Luggage and bags: Bring an empty duffle bag or suitcase to bring back all your treaures! I live in a fairly big city and didn't expect to do much shopping in New York but it was amazing how much stuff I seemed to purchace over my 5 day stay there. I was soooo glad that at the last minute I had thrown in an empty duffle bag to bring all my purchases home in.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are a must. The subways are great, but the best way to see NYC is by foot. We didn't stop walking all day long.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anything forgotten can be purchased and a Duane Reade drug store.
Photo Equipment: I take my digital camera everywhere I go.
Miscellaneous: If you go in the spring be prepared for a variety of weather. We visited in March and saw-rain, snow, and 61 degrees all within 5 days time.
Get ready to WALK
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring comfortable shoes and be ready to walk! New York is a pedestrian town and going places by foot is sometimes the best way to get around. :-)
Miscellaneous: Also, bring a set of nice clothes you can wear while going out at night....or just buy it here! The shopping is excellent.
Luggage and bags: Take some sort of carry bag/backpack for day trips around the city...you will want something to carry your camera, water, shopping etc. A suitcase with wheels is probably easiest to pack your luggage so that you can wheel it from place to place...especially if you will be using public transport.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take good walking shoes! They are a must in NYC!!! And also take tidy but casual wear for during the day when you walk around...you need to be comfortable!!!
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film or memory cards...you'll need them!!! :)
- Hiking and Walking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you bring comfortable shoes to walk around in! The best way to see the city is by foot :) For going out at night pack a nice pair because many clubs have a dress code and may not let you in if you are wearing sneakers.
pack light to buy lots!
Luggage and bags: Backpacks to carry food when walking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes or be perpared to suffer !
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Diaper cream surprisingly, if you go in hot whether its good to have incase of chafed legs or arms
Photo Equipment: Digital camera all the way, make sure to bring more then 2 cards along with you
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun glasses
Miscellaneous: Fanny packs for cash
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