What to pack for New York City

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    Is It Really Necessary To Look Like A New Yorker

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Aug 18, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: In both the New York and Paris forums, women often ask what to wear in order not to stand out or to look like a New Yorker or a Parisian. I have lived in both cities and I can tell you that you can wear whatever you want. No body cares what you look like. And furthermore neither city can claim to be the fashion center anymore, at least in regards to what people are wearing. The things you see in the most fashionable stores are not often seen on the average person. So dress for comfort, make sure you have really good walking shoes, take a sweater for indoors during the summer in case it's chilly due to air conditioning. Chill and enjoy.

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    Getting all that stuff home

    by gilabrand Updated Oct 5, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Well, I can't deny it. When I visit New York, the first thing I do (after visiting family) is hit the shops. The trouble is, how do you get all the stuff home?

    I just found this great solution called Travel Space Bags. Before you leave, pick up a box or two of these special plastic bags. I think you can get them at five and dime stores like Woolworth's. A friend of mine sent me American Tourister bags, but maybe other companies make them, too. They come in an assortment of sizes, four in a box for about $10.

    So what's the deal? These are vacuum bags with a zip lock. You take a whole pile of clothing, put it in the bag, zip it shut and start rolling it up, applying pressure. This pushes out the air and compresses the pile into something like half the size - so you can fit more in your suitcase!

    Miscellaneous: Aside from compressing clothing, this is a great way to store laundry when you're traveling. Instead of a bulky plastic bag filled with dirty socks and underwear, you have this nice vacuum-packed square that fits neatly into the suitcase's zipper compartment.

    One word of caution, from personal experience. The instructions - printed on each bag - say "Do not fill over indicated line." Well, guys, listen to them. I tried to stuff a blanket into a bag that was a bit too small, and ended up ruining the zipper.

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    Drugstores everywhere

    by mcsmiles77 Written Aug 25, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Macy's is a great one-stop-shop for everything. Name brand items at discount prices: Daffy's, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are Duane Reade, Walgreens, Eckerds, CVS all around the city for any toiletry/pharmaceutical needs and the prices are reasonable.

    Photo Equipment: Big stores like JandR, Best Buy, Circuit City are great for photo equipment. Another store focused more on photo needs is B&H Photo. There are plenty of small stores that will develop photos in an hour or you can print photos from your memory card in a lot of the drugstores I named above.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Princeton Ski Shop, Paragon

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    All what you need are credit cards !!! :-)

    by Dimi1 Written Mar 29, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: ...and some empty luggage and bags because...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ...everything else can be purchased there...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ...mostly for reasonable prices...

    Photo Equipment: ...whatchout for special offers on Xmas-time...

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: ...and look for factory outlets outside the city...

    Miscellaneous: ...more info coming soon..

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    Want to get ahead of the bathroom line ladies?

    by kleverkimberley Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get travel-sized toilet paper (I've only seen Charmin). Buy some and keep it in your purse (right beside the Purell but, I'm assuming you already thought of that!).

    Why I say make sure you have it?
    Because a lot of the bathrooms aren't very well maintained (that's an understatement)... if you have toilet paper and there's a line, you get a free pass if there are any stalls with no paper...

    My handy-dandy toilet paper's helped me out more times then you can say "Do I really have to get ANOTHER Starbucks coffee, just so I can pee?"

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    Packing List

    by CubsIn4 Updated Oct 22, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Films that take place in New York City:

    The Broadway Melody (1929)

    The Divorcee (1930)

    42nd Street (1933)

    Lady For a Day (1933)

    Morning Glory (1933)

    She Done Him Wrong (1933)

    The Thin Man (1934)

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

    Stage Door (1937)

    Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    Wall Street (1987)

    Working Girl (1988)

    As Good As It Gets (1997)

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    by slaybelle Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Miscellaneous:
    ' A tear shed for every life lost'


    click
    Remembrance of the World Trade Center


    On September 11 2001, the World Trade Center was destroyed. My heartfelt condolences go to those who have lost family and friends in this cowardly act, and my love goes to the United States of America.
    WE are deeply saddened by this tragedy.

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    by Bigs Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Little backpack for your daytrips! Large bags for your souvenirs and gifts etc....

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jeans are one of the main things German tourists buy here, as they are much cheaper than in Germany!

    Photo Equipment: Bring a lot of films, there are so many things to see! I have developed my first two films somewhere in one day or so. It´s ok, you always get two prints of each photo for a good price.....

    Miscellaneous: Don´t forget a map of the city and a map of the Metro!

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    by CubsIn4 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Films that take place in New York:

    The Broadway Melody (1929)

    The Divorcee (1930)

    42nd Street (1933)

    Lady For a Day (1933)

    Morning Glory (1933)

    She Done Him Wrong (1933)

    The Thin Man (1934)

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

    Stage Door (1937)

    Dark Victory (1939)

    Wall Street (1987)

    Working Girl (1988)

    As Good As It Gets (1997)

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    by Christer81 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: No need for suitcase with wheels neither at JFK or newark. Luggage trolleys are easily found, and the check-in / baggage claim are found just a few meters from the enterings.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a copy of your passport if you are just above 21 and want to buy alcohol. Creditcards are not accepted as ID, and if you are afraid of looseing your real passport a copy might be handy.

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    by DanRM Written Aug 25, 2002

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    by sharonn Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Why bother everything over there is cheap anyway! Go on treat yourself! ;)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I believe there is no shortage of drugs of any description in this Country:). Sorry could not resist that!

    Miscellaneous: Let common sense prevail.

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    by SheDragon Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Basically, my trips to New York have all been day trips. There would be an organization that would charter a bus, each person would pay $16, the bus would drop us off someplace in Manhattan, and you were free to do whatever you wanted to do for eight hours. For this type of trip (where you're spending lots of time on a bus and/or walking around the city) I find a backpack indispensable. I keep my purse with ID at the bottom, pack some snacks and reading material on top. Also, wear your backpack on both shoulders. This way it is more difficult to just cut a strap and steal it. Ladies, one safety tip that I have heard variations of is to either keep your money in a feminine hygiene box of some sort. Personally, I just keep my emergency products and reading material near the top of my backpack and in the outer pockets. That way, someone doing a quick grab will end up with nothing more than a handful of maxi pads and maybe a magazine or two.

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    by tazmaniak Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: What ever you take ... take an EXTRA bag in your suitcase to take back all your shopping. NY is much cheaper than Europe for almost anything, and the selection is fantastic. I bought a computer, clothes and too many other things I did not need!!

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    by szabolcs Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: I know some of my pages look like a LONELY PLANET ad (and they don't even pay for me for tihs...:-) but I really find their books outstanding.
    While in NYC I entirely relied on LP's guide-book for information and I was absolutely satisfied. Maybe some of their maps could be slightly better so it's probably worth investing into a detailed map of the city especially if you wish to wander to the outer boroughs as well.
    Otherwise LP's guide was excellent. In their words:

    'Like a New Yorker, this book tells it like it is, with opinions on everything from back-alley bars to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from the Empire State Building to the Empire Diner. Taking you on a borough-by-borough tour of the Big Apple, this is the
    360-degree guide to the 24-hour city.'

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