Could anybody please tell me if a regular winter coat, layered with sweaters underneath, thermals, and the right accessories - scarves, beanies, gloves etc, will suffice during Christmas week in NYC??
We'll be sightseeing most of the time, so will be spending considerable time outdoors, walking around, exploring etc.
We've been told by a friend we need to bring down coats with us, which we can only get here from specialized camping stores for around $300-400. But I really want to avoid that option for two reasons: Apart from that one week in NYC, we're never going to use thick coats like that again so it'd be a waste of money, and they're really heavy and thick, so will take up a lot of weight and room in our luggage.
We're travelling all around the US and going to the Carribbean, so need to pack for two extremes - sunny, summery weather, and cold, winter clothing. This is going to be an absolutely pain,as it means we need to double up on clothing as well as the fact that it leaves much less room for all the shopping we plan on doing!
But at the same time, I don't want to get to NYC and find that we were completely unprepared for our weather and our winter clothes are insufficient in keeping us warm.
Advice anyone? How cold does it get during Mid-December?? Will normal winter coats (knee length/woolen) be sufficient?