Packing for Summer, New York City
summer, extremely hot and humid. rain and severe storms possible (flooding) shorts and shirts, winters can be extremely cold and snow accumulations of half a meter within a short period of time is not an exception but the rule. DRESS AND CARRY ACCORDINGLY
Photo Equipment: lots of film
Light clothing, such as shorts, summer shirts, and t-shirts are essential - can be very hot and humid in good weather. Might need a few heavier clothes just in case, but make this less of a priority.
Photo Equipment: I used five full mini-DV tapes for my digital camcorder and felt like I needed more. Also, I ran out of camera film quite quickly. I made use of a one-hour developer in midtown which was very useful.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A pair of good sunglasses are definitely needed in good weather.
Luggage and bags:
Bring any amount of luggage to New York. If you are staying at a hotel, you can leave it there. Pack a little lighter when staying at a hostel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: New York is blistering hot in the summer and humid! This was the hottest summer I can ever remember! the heat tends to stick around or be intensified by the pavement. So pack light, yet stylish. In spring/Fall, pack a light jacket and rain gear as it can get warm in the day and chilly at night. In winter, forget it. It can be 40*F and feel like -20*F with the wind chill! The wind just gusts through the canyons of Manhattan and I think its more frigid here cuz the the buildings. So pack a scarf and hat and warm coat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Duane Reade's are everywhere..you'll be fine!
Luggage and bags:
Depending how long you plan on staying. Think and plan wisely.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer months,short sleeve shirts,t-shirts,comfortable shoes and bathing suits if you plan to visit a club or a relative who has swimming facilties or a pool. it can mighty hot this ime of year. In Winter: Pack very comfortable,but warm clothing,gloves( it gets terribly cold) and boots.
Photo Equipment: By all means,pack a Digital camera in this day of age.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's pretty far north, but it sure gets hot here in the summer! Really, it was miserable when we were there. In the winter, it's going to be very cold with possible snow. So, pack accordingly. And if you plan on going to any nice restaurants, bring something nice to wear! Also, bring some good walking shoes! :)
Photo Equipment: Smaller is better, I think. Well, it's easier to carry a smaller camera around all over the city. Just stick it in your pocket.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Temperatures in New York can be quite varied. In the summer, temperatures can reach upo 100 degrees Farenheit and plus, in the winter temperatures can reach in the single digits. It can feel below that with the windchill factor. These are extremes, but they are reached often.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack something for all seasons. Even in the summer, nights can sometimes be cold here. Be sure to bring a sweatshirt or light jacket just in case. This is a shot of the view from our front porch at sunrise. I just love that old oak tree.
Luggage and bags: Don´t forget your swimsuit! Coney Island during the summer is excellent. Up to 100,000 New Yorkers storm the beach and amusement parks when it´s warm. The picture was taken in fall. That´s why it isn´t so crowded.
I went in summer - New York is very hot in summer.Average 35 degrees Celcuis.
Take comfortable shoes - you walk a lot!
Thunderstorms are common in the afternoon - take a rain coat or umbrella in case.
Luggage and bags:
AS LESS AS YOU CAN; IT ISNT VERY COMFERTABLE TO GO AROUND WITH ALL THE LUGEDG ON YOU AND IT IS VERY EASY TO STEAL IT IF YOU ARE NOT LOOKING AFTER IT (EVEN FOR A SECOND...)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: IN THE SUMMER MINIMAL AND IN THE WINTER MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A HEAVY COAT!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: DONT WORRY ABUT IT THAY HAVE THE BEST STORS FOR IT AND THAY ARE PEND 24hrs.
YOU WILL BE O.K.!
Photo Equipment: SONY HAS A BIG STOR THERE SO IF YOU HAVE TO BUY SOMTHING GO THERE!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: IF YOU GO OUT OF THE CITY YOU CAN ERNT GEAR ANYWHERE!
Miscellaneous: BRING A MOUNY-BELT!!!!!!!
Summers in New York can be very HOT (esp. in July). Now why do I ALWAYS choose to go on vacation during the HOTTEST month?! And if you're walking around the Manhattan area, it can get downright stuffy with all those tall buildings blocking the breeze.
So, what would I recommend a regular tourist/ traveler to pack along to New York in the middle of summer?
The following list is a rough guide for a SUMMER vacation (for women):
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 short skirt OR skorts
(a mini skirt with a pair of shorts sewn in... Very hip right now).
- 1 pair of shorts/ bermudas
- 3 or 4 cotton t-shirts/ tank tops
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 pair of evening shoes
- 1 all-purpose little black dress
(which can double up for day and evening events).
- 2 nightgowns/ pyjamas
- 1 swimming costume
P.S. I didn't mention the more personal under-garment items because I think you should have no problem deciding on this yourself. :-)
I didn't mention what a guy ought to pack because I think most guys have no problems in this area. I saw how my male friends pack and it's amazing how little clothes they actually bring along with them!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ladies, DON'T forget to transfer all your toner, cleanser, night cream et al into small plastic containers - to save luggage space.
Photo Equipment: I bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.
So, the cameras that I'd bring are: (a) the Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens) which comes in a cool silver metallic color. I usually use this camera for day photography and (b) the Pentax 150 Zoom which I use for places that DOES NOT allow flash photography.
These days, I also bring along the ultra-small Canon IXUS Zoom camera - smaller than the size of my palm (and it also comes in a cool metallic silver shade). You can even hang this camera around your neck and it'd still look cool on you. :-) This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used.
Miscellaneous: DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash.
DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. The latter method is considered as 'borrowing' and you'd be slapped with an exhorbitant fee!
IF you were to use your ATM card, it's NOT considered as borrowing. It is YOUR money. So remember, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into American dollars before your trip.
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
- Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos
'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange', 'Maestro' etc on it?
- If the answer is 'yes', then really - you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
- Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in U.S.A., no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
- If you use this method, you'd also save alot on the interbank exchange rates. Trust me. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.
I've used this method many, many times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... Yes, even at the remotest village in Africa! :-))
'I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.' - Oscar Wilde (Irish Playwright), 1856-1900
New York can be stifling hot in the summertime (June-August) and frigidly cold in the winter months (December-February), so come prepared with appropriate clothing.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring your camera!