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The Essential New York Winter Packing List

Whether visiting New York for the holidays or for a winter getaway, the following tips will help any traveler arrive well-prepared.

Tourists and adventurers flock to New York City around the holidays and after New Years’ to experience the city covered in snow and festive decorations. While New York can get very cold in the winter, it is also a very fashion-conscious place, and walking outside is always a necessity.

Certain travel items remain important to pack in any season when vacationing in New York City.

An umbrella, rain or snow boots, cash, layered clothing, and a tote bag that closes up well are all very useful. But the following items are especially necessary for the winter and will allow any traveler to look good while still staying warm in the Big Apple.

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What to wear in New York Winter?

Here is our essential New York Winter Packing list. Don’t leave home without any of this! Making sure that you trip goes without a hitch is vital. Plan to succeed and you will. These travel tips will help you look amazing and warm during your New York City trip.

The cold weather is hard on the lips so make sure that you have lip balm in your pocket. We’d also recommend that you get yourself some hand warmers too.

Add a portable charger to your list too. This saves you from having to try and find a seat near a charge point.

Sunglasses are a must for walking around New York. The sun is low and reflects off all the buildings. Grab a quality pair from your local sunglass hut or even look for a great deal online.

Hats or head coverings are crucial in New York City in the winter. Choices of hats vary, and fashions change constantly, but earmuffs, knits, and beanies are staples that are seen everywhere.

Coats with hoods are also common, particularly if it is snowing. Ears should be protected and kept warm when out in the cold for long periods of time.

Scarves are also a staple in New York City. Depending on the temperature, scarves might be decorative or made of thick wool.

Most importantly, the scarf should protect the neck entirely from heavy winds, which are common when walking around tall buildings. Moisturizer and lip protection should be packed and often used on the face.

Warm Clothes for New York City

Clothing can be warm and fashionable at the same time, even while walking in New York City. Women commonly wear leggings under their jeans and snow boots. Boots can be worn as normal under the slacks, or the pant leg can be tucked inside.

Even regarding boots, though, shoes should be comfortable for walking. Vests can add an extra layer of protection over the chest. Gloves are very important and are better than mittens for day-to-day use in the city.

Commonly coats in New York City are made of wool. Long, padded coats are extremely useful in the snow but otherwise aren’t worn as often as a winter wool coat or a simple pea coat. Turtlenecks and wool sweaters are popular styles for winter weather. Colors are usually muted blacks, greys, and browns.

Having an idea of what activities are planned will help with choosing dressy clothing and accessories. If more formal events are planned, boots will keep women’s legs warm.

Also, accessories can help to formalize a warm outfit that might otherwise look more casual. In general, slacks are not uncommon for women, even for plays and dinners out, when it is cold in the city.

It can get really cold in New York in Winter. A great winter coat will not only keep you warm but also makes a great fashion statement. Think about the colours you wear on a daily basis. Is your coat going to match? Is the style something you could dress up and down?

Stick to black jeans and leggings. They help you to layer up and stay warm. You can also buy some thermal leggings if you really do feel the cold.

Having winter resistance boots and wool socks are important. Walking is one of the quickest ways to get around New York City. Think about buying some sturdy waterproof boots that go with everything.

How to survive New York Winter?

Travelers who are afraid of looking like tourists might want to avoid fanny packs and bright colors, and some people even avoid tennis shoes. But it is important to remember that even though New York City is very fashionable, it is also very diverse.

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People from all classes walk on the same streets, and it is very hard to stand out in a negative way.

Rather than sacrifice comfort, travelers can try researching restaurants and sites that are off the beaten path and take unusual pictures rather than the typical group shots at well-known places.

Knowing the area is also a good way not to look too foreign. Asking directions is common even for locals in the city, and it will help to avoid looking at maps too often and seeming disoriented.

Laura x

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This is a New York Winter packing list for women who have never been to the Big Apple before. This lists everything you need to stay warm by Laura at My Beautiful Mess

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