Even in the "winter months" Austin is typically drier or hotter than other parts of the USA. It is very typical to see people in shorts in October, some of November and Feburary.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring lots of water
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking and camping are popular in the area. There is even hiking inside the city limits.
Weather is most of Texas is volatile and unpredictable. The temperature in the winter can go from 80 one day to 40 the next. It's important to pack warm things if traveling between about October and March, regardless of what the forecast says.
Also it should be noted that, despite what movies lead you to believe, Texas is not all desert and Austin gets quite a bit of rain not to mention the occasional ice and sleet.
Luggage and bags:
you may not need that many bags... you'll want to wear as little clothing as possible.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: shorts, sleeveless shirts, sandals... and keep a large water bottle on you at all times. if you forget it, you'll regret it.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you may want to take along hand sanitizer if you're riding the bus.
Photo Equipment: definitely bring your camera. how else are you going to prove to the folks back home that yes you DID in fact see
1-a man in a thong, fishnet stocking, high heels and an old tank top with a nicely grown beard,
2-a man in JUST a thong
3-a man casually riding a unicycle
4-ay of the other great sights that you can't find outside of austin
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: bring a bathing suit-barton springs is just the thing you'll need to do while you're here. it's cheap and the water is consistantly about 68-70 degrees.
Miscellaneous: SLOW DOWN. it's hot here. if you try to keep up a nice quick pace, you'll wear yourself thin and will be dripping with sweat.
Luggage and bags:
- bring luggage that you can wheel around with you, its just easier that way.
-bring a messenger bag or a large tote for the day so you can lug everything around including a very large bottle of water.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: -bring comfortable walking shoes if you plan on going downtown.
-there are a lot of places to go hiking and being outdoors so bring hiking boots if you plan on hiking or being outdoors
-the summers are extremely hot, so bring light colored clothing in materials such as cotton or linen
-the winters can be cold and are usually wet. so bring an umbrella and a warm coat and dry shoes.
Cover up as it can get a trifle hot in Austin and Texas in general maybe think about having some sort of cap or hat and a shirt - if you dont you'll fry to a crisp!
Photo Equipment: A camera at the very least as it is so beautiful
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun screen - if you are a little sensitive
Miscellaneous: If you are going any sort of distance out in the country then i would take plenty of water i cannot emphesize this more strongly!!!
Luggage and bags:
I have always believed that less is more when travelling! Don't pack what you can't carry!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are a must if you are going to walk in Zilker Park or down 6th St. for entertainment. Expect the hot weather during the day but breezes at night, so bring layers of clothing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Readily available throughout Austin, don't worry about bringing anything other than your emergency first aid kit :)
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film and/or digital memory... bluebonnets need pictures to stay alive!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are plenty of campgrounds out here, so if that is your thing... pack them!
Miscellaneous: Anti-perspirant is a key here, because when it gets humid, it would be great.
When packing for Austin, think casual. Less is more, faded is funky, flip-flops mandatory. If you've seen the inside of Old Navy or American Eagle, you've seen Austin daywear.
Miscellaneous: A bottle of water is great for exploring the streets.
Luggage and bags:
Depends on how you travel. You can buy anything here, so you won't be caught short. They even sell vegemite at whole foods.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer: Shorts, T-shirt, your favorite hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Winter: Jeans, T-shirt, sweater, and light jacket. Rainy season: raincoat or umbrella, and boots.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Aloe vera - extract of a plant, you will use a lot when you get sunburned. Available at any store
Photo Equipment: There are many shops in town that cater to amateur and professional photographers. Try precision camera on lamar and 35th street.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Backpacking stuff, scuba stuff, swimming stuff, bicycling stuff, we have all these things here to do
You should be prepared for unexpected bursts of rain. So waterproof jackets or coats &
something to layer underneath for that little bit of warmth.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are drug stores everywhere.
Miscellaneous: Just leave extra space for all the stuff you're gonna buy so you have room to take
comfortable shoes for walking (you will walk a lot), a small umbrella, wind breaker, cool clothes (it's hot and sudden storms come up quickly)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock! (year-round)
Photo Equipment: If you have major camera problems go to Austin Camera Coop. Remember to bring film for really bright light. It's sunny down here!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The rivers/lakes seem cold compared to the air, if you plan to go swimming bring warm cover-ups. Bring clothes you can sweat in (you will!) and still be comfortable.
The weather is generally HOT & STICKY (March-November is HOT)Bring plenty of shorts, and sleavless shirts. Also bring your bathing suit, you will need it.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can go swimming at Barton Springs. There are trails all over austin. You can go canoe trips, or go pattle boating at town lake. There are trails to walk at town lake, and you can also watch the bats fly out. Every evening they all fly out at once. You can go camping and/or fishing at lake Travis, or there are other camp sites. There is also deer hunting close to Austin (All Texans have their guns)
Luggage and bags:
Something that you can sling over one shoulder, that will carry your stuff for the day.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: SPECIAL CLOTHING: Various pants, shirts and shorts; skirts, and blouses. The heat and humidity on certain days will beat you down so dress appropriately. SHOES: Sturdy walking boots or sneakers, at any rate something that will be comfortable all day. WEATHER GEAR: Depends. It does rain here, so some sort of rain gear is needed then, and it can become quite cold in the winter, 20-35 degrees (F). I've even seen 25-45 degree (F) temperature drops in a matter of minutes in the late summer or early fall, when a good Norther blows through. At times like that a good wool sweater or parka is great!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Many excellent hospitals and pharmacies in the metro area, so bring what you would anytime you go out of town for an extended visit, including sunscreen. I usually carry a small first aid kit, just enough for myself and another person.
Photo Equipment: YES! It should not be a problem getting spare batteries or a re-charge for your equipment, just have a converter if you need one.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Get's downright warm here in the summer, but the camping is excellent. See: Off the Beaten Path and Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear.
Miscellaneous: If you are like me, you either take too much or not enough of something when you leave home. Because Austin is a major metropolitan area, there should not be any reasons NOT to get what you may need, should you need it. One item to never be without: a Bandanna, whether to tie around your head or neck as sunshade; to use as a pot holder when camping; to clean your eyeglasses; for first-aid use or small children's needs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Austin is very hot and humid in the summer (especially in August) so pack clothes you'll be comfortable in when it's hot and sticky out. Don't forget your sunscreen. That sun is viscious! It doesn't get very cold in the winter so a warm jacket will do to keep you warm. The fall and spring are gorgeous here! BUT as the saying goes in Texas 'If you don't like the weather here, wait a minute and it will change.' So be prepared for anything!
Photo Equipment: A good camera is probably the most important thing to bring to Austin, and ofcoarse, lots of film.. or memory cards..