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What to Pack for New York in December

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What to Pack for New York in December


My Mom, my sister and I are traveling to New York City December 17-20. We are from Southern California and are not used to cold weather. We are planning to go to a few broadway shows, shop and do a little bit of site seeing.

We are looking for some advice on what to bring to wear as well as the best shoes to wear for the weather. Any suggestions would be great.


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1. Re: What to Pack for New York in December

shoes with treads in case it snows, sleets or gets slippery. A flat leather sole and you will be sliding all over the place. Sneakers arent great either, but will do if you dont have a light hiker or a shoe with a tread.

Since Im always warm inside when it's overheated, I would always wear a thinner layer and a light sweater, rather than a heavy sweater only, under a coat.

Of course, you should check the weather right before you come - if it's in the 50s (which is quite possible) you wont need to pack for cold weather, but I would still be prepared for freak weather changes. This morning I went out in a cotton sweater and rain coat, but put the lining in my handbag because it was supposed to get colder by lunch - it did.

It is supposedly snowing in upstate NY and even if we get snow this week doesnt mean it wont warm up again several times between now and the winter.

so my advice is to be prepared for a wide range of weather, depending on what the reports say when you get closer to your trip.


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2. Re: What to Pack for New York in December

If worse comes to worse for a trip like this and you find yourself unprepared for the weather and you need to get something, do not hesitate to go to a thrift shop. Especially if you think that you will not use the clothes again. We did that on a recent trip and donated the clothes again before we went home, so our suitcases were not full.

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3. Re: What to Pack for New York in December

I usually visit the city in December/January.

I only travel with a small 20" rolling suitcase (I hate lugging huge suitcases - I was in Europe for a month and lasted with 1 20" roller)

I have a good pair of shoes that can stand a lot of walking or rain/ice/snow.

I usually wear my coat so I don't have to pack it... and I bring clothes that can be taken off in layers.

In my opinion - layers are key. After the big snow storm last year around xmas & new years the weather got up into the 50's. I was glad I had my coat and a heavy sweater for the colder days but was happy to shed it off for that nicer short burst of weather when I was there.

Have fun on your trip!

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4. Re: What to Pack for New York in December

Mitts or gloves, a scarf, a hat or a coat with a hood, and warm socks.


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5. Re: What to Pack for New York in December

Boots, scarf, gloves and a good coat. You can buy a warm hat in the city if a fast turn in weather happens. Otherwise, take layers. One one visit it was 65 degrees on arrival in late December, too icy to walk a couple of days later. All that said, it's an incredible city. Enjoy!

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