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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunglasses are necessary especially when driving. There are some new glasses out now that will get dark when it is too bright and will go back to normal when the light is normal.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Moisturizer is essential in the bitter cold. The wind will beat your face up.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Our winters have been heavy with snow recently. We also have ice storms. Hats, gloves, scarves, warm coats, vests, non slippery tall boots are necessary during winter.
Miscellaneous: We have four seasons winter spring summer fall. We also use fahrenheit as opposed to celsius. If the temperature is 40 degrees F or below then you will need a coat. If it is 70 degrees F you need nothing. Anywhere in between may require a jacket.
Updated Mar 28, 2013
Luggage and bags: This was one of the shortest trips I've ever done so it was nice to travel with just carry on luggage. Two small day packs got us through our two days in NYC.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It was a winter trip to NYC, so we brought long underwear, lots of layers and perhaps most importantly hats! Do not underestimate how important a hat is in cold weather!
Photo Equipment: A wide angle is important for city photography but a great zoom is as well, allowing you to get great shots of buildings from afar. D was traveling with a camera for the first time in years and she got some great shots with her Canon Power Shot, too.
Miscellaneous: This trip was about taking D to New York City as a newly sworn-in US citizen. It was exciting and fun. Doing the simplest things with her is always a revelation. It was also about meeting our great friends and spending some time with them. Thanks to Lorie & TiNk for making it such a fun trip.
Updated Feb 20, 2012
Luggage and bags: backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: good shoes that are comfortable to walk in, and in summer, not too warm clothes, shorts, a simple shirt, autumn, do not forget rain coat umbrella.
Photo Equipment: camera is a must, but be careful not to ask a stranger on the street about to shoot you, and hide the camera on the best they can in the subway when a lot of pickpockets there.
Miscellaneous: watch out for pickpockets, and always bring something to drink and be aware that the heat in New York in the summer time. and Go taxi as little as it goes, quite expensive, take rather thin path or walk.
Written Sep 26, 2011
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Luggage and bags: whatever, for a wedding, big hard suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer: bikinis, light wear, different hats, sunglasses and suncream(top protection)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: if needed
Photo Equipment: cameras
Miscellaneous: A comb to tide your hair, like in my case, this last time (june 05), shoes or snearsk to walk in the asphalt and eveywhere.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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.
Updated Jan 12, 2011
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.
Updated Sep 18, 2010
Luggage and bags: NYC is an easy city to get stuff stolen. Bring a 60l bag back so you can walk with it on your shoulders
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you have a medical condition (like myself) then please bring enought medication to cover your trip.
If you lose your medication it can be a$125 doctors visit & $39+ to buy new tablets
Photo Equipment: SD card, the big the better.
If your a person that carrys a digital camera get yourself a 4gig + SD/memory card
If you dont want to carry your photos on the card then i suguest dumping them on your facebook
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen. Skin Cancer does happen in America remember to apply every 2 hours
You will need a map fo Manhattan & NYC area. The map will tell you all the subway lines, the streets, locations in central park etc
Written Jul 9, 2010
Luggage and bags: Definately a sturdy lightweight bag or suitcase - you are bound to buy gifts whilst you are here!
A crossbody handbag is a must for ladies - I wouldn't recommend bringing anything you have to carry - its amazing what a pain it gets carrying abag round all day!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I am a heels girl but wore them once - in our hotel bar. You MUST bring flats with you - you don't realise how much you walk - there is nothing worse than blistered, sore feet. I'm so glad i brought mine!
I would also advise bringing layers - you never know what the weather will do. We came end of november and the weather was really mild with the exception of one day - so glad i brought that mac!
I would advise a scarf, hat and gloves in the winter months and an umbrella the year round!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy these anyway - there are Duane Reade stores everywhere amongst others if you forget anything.
Photo Equipment: Available everywhere.
Miscellaneous: I would advise bringing the bare minimum with you if you intend to do any shopping. Many airlines now really whack up the excess luggage charges and gone are the days when they would overlook a few kgs.
Written Dec 7, 2009
Miscellaneous: Well, in NYC you will find everything if you miss something or forgot it at home. Casual clothes are always the best, since also in elegant restaurants there is no special dress code. Altough in summer it's very hot, dont forget a light pullover for indoor places, since air conditioning is very strong and never forget a portable umbrella or a rain hut (we had some summer strong showers).
Written Jul 15, 2009
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