A winter packing list for New York
January and February are great months for visiting New York City. After the holiday rush, the city is less congested with tourists – plane tickets are more affordable, it’s easier to score seats to a Broadway show, museums have shorter lines, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of sale season at NYC’s most popular stores. That said, temperatures can be frigid. We’re talking “your face will start hurting after walking one block” kind of frigid. And if there’s snow on the ground, you want to be sure you’re armed with the appropriate gear to keep you warm and slip-free while exploring the Big Apple. Here’s a winter packing list for New York, so you’ll have everything you need to experience NYC in comfort and style.
Fierce (but warm) boots.
New Yorkers love flats, but below-freezing temps and ballet pumps simply don’t mix. Keep your feet warm with a pair of flat insulated boots, such as a waterproof pair of classic UGGs. They may be a winter stereotype for some cities, but they couldn’t be more practical for NYC.
At night, dress up your winter wardrobe with some sleek knee-high boots. This pair has a slight heel for some added height without making those icy sidewalks more difficult to navigate. Plus, they’re waterproof – a definite bonus when it comes to slushy street corners.
If your outfit du jour involves a dress or skirt, normal tights won’t cut it when it comes to below-zero temps. Choose a thicker pair, preferably made of fleece, so your gams won’t get too cold while you’re out and about. They’re also perfect for layering under jeans, leggings, and trousers.
Winter in New York require cozy headgear, whether you opt for a classic beanie, fashionable ear muffs, or a knit headband. Freezing winds are no joke, and you’ll want to keep your head and ears as warm as possible.
The clearest days are often the coldest, so a pair of designer sunglasses are always an urbanite’s best friend. Plus, they’ll provide your face with an extra barrier against random arctic blasts of wind while you’re walking along the New York City side streets.
Down and wool coats.
The ultimate winter packing list for NYC will include two types of coats – a down coat for everyday wear, and a wool coat for a dressier, more refined option. No matter where you go, from Lincoln Square to a local Irish pub, you’ll have the proper topper for any look.
What’s on your winter packing list for New York?
Packing a cozy sweater is also a good idea.