United States of America What to Pack

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United States of America What to Pack

  • Packing for Winter

    New York City What to Pack

    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. Moisturizer is essential in the bitter cold. The wind will beat your face up. Our winters have been heavy with snow recently. We also have ice storms. Hats, gloves,...

  • Dress for Weather / to Impress

    Las Vegas What to Pack

    I went in mid to late October a few years ago. It was warm to hot during the day (85-95 degrees), but by 8:00 - 9:00 pm it usually dropped back into the 70's and even into the 60's towards midnight. I had a pair of jeans, a pair of lighter weight slacks, and a couple long sleeve shirts and didn't have a problem. My wife, who is always cold,...

  • items to bring on Trip

    New Orleans What to Pack

    Comfortable shoes or sturdy sandals. It always rains one weekend, so you may be sloshing through the mud. Some folks bring rain boots for those days - I say don't bother. Big hat to block the sun. For women, wear a skirt rather than shorts - makes it easier to use the portalets, and you don't have to worry about the fabric sticking to you. Sun...

  • Clothes For Layering

    San Francisco What to Pack

    I cannot stress this enough: layer. It's true that San Francisco can be very cold and foggy, and fog often makes way to light rain, so rain jackets are a must 9 months out of the year. However, if you plan on doing a fair amount of walking, you're going to get warm pretty fast, as the hills can be brutal. Good walking shoes with traction are great...

  • Casual / Light

    Key West What to Pack

    Ladies: Sundress Shorts Light Jacket (it cools off when the sun goes down) Sandals Guys: Shorts Button down camp shirts sandals (but please - no socks) hat Sunscreen! Aspirin (for when you have been out in the sun all day) Definitely bring a camera - Key West has beautiful beaches, interesting architecture, plenty of photo ops, and lots of great...

  • Layers

    Los Angeles What to Pack

    If you are coming during the winter, be prepared for generally, sunny days and cool evenings. The best way to dress is in layers. When it does rain, it is chilly. So be prepared and do bring a warm jacket. When the sun is out, the days are quite comfortable and nice. People on average dress pretty well and when you go to any of the clubs or nice...

  • Clothing - Winter

    Chicago What to Pack

    It gets really cold in Chicago in the winter, and I mean *really cold*! You will need a good coat, a hat, gloves, a scarf and anything else to keep wam and out of the wind. During the weekend in December 2008 we visited a bar in downtown Chicago and left around midnight, when we left the bar it was around -15 Celcius, which in itself is pretty cold...

  • Pack For Weather

    Boston What to Pack

    if you are visiting bostonn in the fall like i did, the weathe starts to become nippy more so in the late september so you must always carry a jacket or a sweater or better is to bring a weather proof jacket as this is also the season where it sometimes rains and you might get wet. If you don't want to bring an umbrella, the weather proof jacket...

  • Wetproof Gear

    Seattle What to Pack

    Even though Seattle is often described as one of the rainiest cities in the US, it's not exactly true - it's not that it rains a lot, it's that it rains a little bit, almost all the time! On average, it rains over 150 days a year in Seattle, and clouds are present almost 300 days a year. Locals are so used to the rain coming and going (for it...

  • Cool / Casual

    San Diego What to Pack

    On the VT Gear website the question is asked, "Ever wonder who you're standing next to?" Well, that is one reason to wear VT gear, but I have another reason. To easily keep track of my grandkids while we are on an adventure! As you can see from the photo, they each have their own style, yet, where ever we were--this time at the San Diego...

  • Beachwear & Sunscreen!

    Honolulu What to Pack

    Bring flip-flops with you or plan to buy some when you arrive. See my Local Customs tip. Pack clothing suitable for tropical weather. The young women in this photo, with their black stockings and high heeled shoes, were dressed as if they were in New York City, and they just looked silly. Plus, they must have been extremely uncomfortable. It was...

  • Packing Lists

    Philadelphia What to Pack

    Comfortable walking shoes. It's best to explore this great old town on foot. Wide angle is great for shots of buildings but a zoom is fun for sneaky people shots. Thanks to D for getting me to explore my old home town more closely.

  • Comfortable Clothes

    Atlanta What to Pack

    During my trip this year, the temperature remained in the 70s, although this seemed a little warm than I would expect for Atlanta at this time of year. I would probably recommend bringing warmer clothes for November in case, as it could get much colder during this time.

  • Weather Related Clothing

    Houston What to Pack

    It's hot. It rains. That's just Houston. There are two seasons: Summer and Spring. Spring is about January-April. After April, until December, it's hot. Make sure you bring plenty of sun screen. Let me repeat: It rains. Sometimes all day. Sometimes 5 minutes a day for 3 months. When it rains all day it floods-and fast. Be careful! I carry a small...

  • Weather Related Clothing

    Dallas What to Pack

    Although you can probably leave out your snow boots, I would suggest being prepared for almost any other kind of weather (especially in spring)! You can never tell what the weather is going to be like. One day it is a hot, dry, 95 degrees, and the next day is 70 and raining. I would definitely suggest being prepared for the rain. You will almost...

  • Camera

    Miami What to Pack

    Since we have been traveling by boat, we don't have any luggage. However when we fly, we take two carryon sized bags each. I check one of mine - I just don't carry any more than two small bags. A wide brimmed hat. SUNSCREEN I have always traveled with at least one camera. Now I have at least two. I have one digital and one film camera. (I still do...

  • Attire

    Sedona What to Pack

    You needed a luggage if you spend the night in Sedona. Otherwise, just bring some backpack to carry your bottled water.Your comfy walking attire. Bring comfy attire, comfortable shoes and depending on the weather you are going, bring a jacket even during the spring time because it gets cold at night and during early mornings. Bring sunscreen. The...

  • Beach Attire

    Fort Lauderdale What to Pack

    You'll need layers during the Spring. It was warm to downright hot and sunny during the day...so Swimming Suits and shorts will do. However, a sweater or the appropriate coverage is needed for night. And DO NOT forget your flip flops! Sunblock, Aloe, After Sun Lotion and lip goop!

  • Clothes

    Tampa What to Pack

    I like to travel light, but this is up to you. You don't need any heavy winter clothes in Tampa, that's for sure! During the summer, make sure you have light clothes and flip-flops! It rains a lot too, so be prepared! For the winter, I would say spring/fall clothes. Sunscreen is a must! Mosquito repellent too if you visit Tampa during the...

  • Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear

    Richmond What to Pack

    If you go to Richmond, or anywhere else in the world, by plane be prepared for loss of your luggage by the airlines. It happened to us thanks to KLM. So, Urszula and I were separated from our luggage for the first two days in the South. We had a camera, video camera, newspapers, travel books, some cosmetics but no clothes to change! It was not...

  • Warm Clothes / Hiking Shoes

    Yosemite National Park What to Pack

    This being one of the top backpacking destinations in the US, a backpack might be a good thing to bring along. There is such a big network of trails, you just couldn't see them all day-hiking so you'll need to carry all your gear...you guessd it, on your back. A day hiking pack is also necessary if you don't plan on backpacking. Even if you're not...

  • Pack for the Desert

    Tucson What to Pack

    In the summer, bring a light t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops. Don't forget the sunscreen. When the sun is beating and the temp is 105 F, you will burn fast. In the winter, bring a jacket with you. The days are nice. Temps in the 70's but overnight lows can drop into the upper twenties and lower thirties. Light T-shirt. No black ones. They hold...

  • Heat / Sun Protection

    Death Valley National Park What to Pack

    Should you find yourself visiting Death Valley in the midst of a 120 pluis degree heat wave, be prepared with lightweight clothing, sunscreen, a hat and lots of water. Those opting for the more moderate temperatures in October through May should keep in mind that nights can get pretty chilly. In late November, evening temperatures dropped into the...

  • Sweater / Jacket

    Monterey What to Pack

    if you plan to stay a night or two at the hotel, then bring a light travel bag but you're only here for a day tour, then a small type of bag will do. the weather can change abruptly in monterey, always bring a handy sweater or scarf or a wind breaker so that you are prepared for sudden weather changes but you don't need to bring a water proof...

  • Hot-Humid Weather

    Baltimore What to Pack

    In packing for a trip to Baltimore, you can count on a few things. It will be cold, damp and windy in the winter. It can reach 47F/10C any time of the winter, but there will always be a week where the temperatures will hover right around freezing. With the nearly constant wind, those days feel pretty cold. You won't need long underwear, but you...

  • Weather Wise

    Minneapolis What to Pack

    something water proof is always good.. Minneapolis is known for being cold... That being said, most locals own a pair of snow boots (the garrish things that your mom maybe made you wear as a little kid) but never wear them.. I haven´t worn know boots for years.. I just wear regular shoes, or my zip up regular boots in the winter.. Spring is wet,...

  • Toiletries/Medical Supplies

    Miami Beach What to Pack

    Really all you need to bring is a light travelbag or medium-sized backpack.,because the clothes you will pack to visit here will not take up alot of space. Tank tops,light summer dresses and bikinis do not take up that much room! This is all I would have taken , if it weren't for the fact I was going to Peru afterwards and I needed to bring some...

  • Temperature Extremes

    Grand Canyon What to Pack

    Keep cool and hydrated in the summer heat, (especially if going down to the canyon floor) 1. Buy several BPA-free water bottles with insulating sleeves, (I like the Camelback better bottle and sleeve, which you can attach to your belt). Instead of filling with water, fill it with ice before you start your hike, as it melts it helps keep you cool....

  • Comfortable Shoes

    Anaheim What to Pack

    Bring a sensible bag with only the necessities. It's a pain making trips to and from the lockers at the main gates or all the way back to your room if you're staying at one of the Resort hotels. We use the lockers when we make a full day trip and want to take extra clothes like a jacket or sweater to wear in the evening. Like many things at...

  • Weather Wise

    Long Beach What to Pack

    Take something with wheels - you might do a little walking from where you parked your car. I can't speak for what it's like except for July - I highly recommend bringing a light jacket for the evenings or long sleave top/sweater.

  • Packing List

    Sanibel Island What to Pack

    Mosquito Repellent if you go out at night. Sunblock for day, are must have's! Water Shoes, once in the water it is pretty soft, but getting there is...ouch...ohh....ouch...ohh. Load 'em if you got 'em! Screen House, Box for food, lots 'o wild life

  • Extended stay

    Kailua-Kona What to Pack

    One big suitcase for your Souvenirs you won't need much. Don't forget to tag your luggage so you don't get it mixed up a lot of us shop in the same places:) Weather varies within 74-84 degrees Farenheit and humidity 64-74 percent all year long. Winter travelers we have snow here in Hawaii for those of you who didn't know! Nothing fancy though no...

  • Beach Wear / Jacket

    Santa Monica What to Pack

    Again, we're facing the Pacific Ocean, so be prepared for rather chilly weather. It was amazing to see joggers wearing sports tank tops and shorts and out jogging, while i had to be fully clothed! heheheehee... I suppose they're used to the cold winds! Again, buy water from convenience stores or from gas stations. These places tend to be...

  • Weather Wise / Casual

    Sacramento What to Pack

    Sacramento like most of California is mostly casual but unlike some of the other tips for this area I don't think running around in shorts and flip-flops in the summer is all you want to do. If you are visiting Old Sacramento or some of the other outdoor venues then its fine but in many restuarants away from the "tourist" areas a little nicer...

  • First Aid Items

    Joshua Tree National Park What to Pack

    You will want to wear sunscreen at Joshua Tree National Park. Even in the winter, you'll get a lot of sun in the desert. The last thing you want is to end up with a burn. Bring along the bottle so you can re-apply as the day goes on!

  • Bring a camera

    Hilo What to Pack

    You're better off not bringing loads of clothing here as you'll probably be shopping for it anyway. The good news is, you need not bring cold weather gear as it's pretty comfortable weather wise. Unless you are traveling with family or staying long term, travel light in the luggage department. Shoes are a must, preferably tennis shoes if you're...

  • Temperature Extremes

    Grand Canyon National Park What to Pack

    Our trip was in October, and it was cold in the morning. In the picture my dad has on his overcoat, and was still too cold, so he has borrowed my scarf and has it wrapped around his head (it is Navy and gold). The arid South Rim is pleasant, even in the peak of summer. It gets nippy in the winter. The inner gorge OTOH is relentlessly hot in the...

  • Pack Light

    Julian What to Pack

    You're a long way from a bell captain, so it's best to travel light! The weather can be quite variable at all times of year, so bring a variety of clothing and dress in layers to maintain your body temperture. Some sort of head-cover and sunscreen is useful in order to combat the effects of the mid-day sun. Summer months are usually mild, but we...

  • Packing List

    Volcano What to Pack

    Be sure to take some warm clothing, as the weather can, and usually does change in this region. It was a lovely day when I did this tour, but it suddenly got quite cool when we reached the Volcano National Park, and we had showers as well. Good photographic equipment, and lots of spare film. You are going to need it... If you are going to camp...

  • Dress for Climate Extremes

    Hawaii (Big Island) What to Pack

    Pack at least 1 pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt if you plan on going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at night or to the summit of Mauna Kea, both of which I highly recommend. You will have a jacket and gloves provided to you if you take one of the guided tours to the summit of Mauna Kea. If you are going up to the summit of Mauna Kea, or if...

  • Weather Related Clothing / Accessories

    Washington D.C. What to Pack

    When you come to see Washington in the summer you can count on several things: there will be a LOT of people and it is likely to be hot. Walking around all day in the heat will do a number on your feet, so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and cotton clothes. Bear in mind that inside the museums they usually turn up the air conditioning...

  • Clothes for Layering

    California What to Pack

    Okay, I admit it, I love the snow, LOL. I was supposed to be on a summer vacation, and it looked like summer in the morning... so I can't help it that I am wearing a miniskirt and sandels, now can I? hahaha, but the sight of snow I just couldn't stand the temptation and I had to throw a snowball. Yes.... it was cold on my feet, all the snow...

  • Attire

    Oahu What to Pack

    Depending on the length of the trip a rollaboard or a regular suitcase is good. Hawaii is pretty casual with dress so no need for the formal clothes. We packed a bunch of tee shirts, shorts, linen pants and some Tommy Bahama shirts for me. I brought several swimtrunks and flips for the beach. Contacts, contact solution, bandaids, aspirin, hair gel,...

  • Packing

    Kauai What to Pack

    Even though we did not experience extreme humidity, it is much more humid than it is in California. I usually wear my hair straight by using lots of hair products and a straight iron. Well, this was pointless since my hair would frizz out in this climate. So, I wore my hair in a French braid or ponytail most of the time. Swimming in the ocean each...

  • Comfortable Shoes

    New York City What to Pack

    When In New York City, Particularly in Manhattan, Be prepared for long walks as the destinations between point A to Point B (like going from central park to the times square) is really far that you will do brisk walking as the subway is always packed with people and riding the MTA Public Bus can take you longer than walking due to the famous...


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