How to pack light for D.C and N.Y.C?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 7:14 AM Last Post By: nicole
Oct 16, 2012 10:00 AM
How to pack light for D.C and N.Y.C?Hello all,
I will be going to Washington DC and New York City at the end of October for 1 week. I intend to do a bit of shopping while on this trip, so I will need quite a bit of space in my suitcase. Does anyone have any tips on how to pack light before I leave, so I have enough space for presents and other gifts?
Oct 16, 2012 10:08 AM
Oct 16, 2012 10:11 AM
Oct 16, 2012 11:01 AM
Oct 16, 2012 11:06 AM
Oct 16, 2012 11:25 AM
5Plan on layering. Instead of bringing several heavy shirts and sweaters, bring clean T-shirts that you can wear under the heavier items.
Do you live in the U.S.? In a pinch, you can mail or UPS some items home. Or just pay to check a second bag. I usually have a backup plan of checking my larger carry-on (so I make sure it is sturdy enough to be checked luggage) and carrying on a shopping bag.
Oct 16, 2012 12:35 PM
Oct 17, 2012 2:01 AM
7In order to not wash you need two pair of jeans, three shirts (keep in mind the weather), seven pairs of jocks, two pair of shoes (maybe one) and a coat (this includes what you are wearing). Bring a large carry on bag/backpack (not ridiculously so but big). I've never seen anyone get into trouble on transatlantic flights for a large carry on. Do be aware that gifts can be heavy. It might be worth thinking about investing in weighing machine.
Oct 17, 2012 2:02 AM
Oct 17, 2012 6:21 AM
9Odds are it won't be terribly cold in either DC or NY in late October. Chilly, but not really cold. If you have any cold tolerance at all you should be able to get by with either a sweater or light jacket. When I travel I have three pair of light weight pants (not jeans) and three shirts, all designed to be quick drying. With than and a total of three pair of underwear and three pairs of socks, one pair shoes (the ones I wear) I am basically good to go for as long as I need. I wash the set I wore that day in the sink every evening. That way I always have on set I am wearing, one set that is drying and one set clean. Most of the time things will dry over night but depending on the climate sometimes it takes longer and I don't like wearing damp clothes.
All of the items are designed to dry quickly (most are actually designed for fishing). A fashion plate I am not, but it is very practical.
The shirts all have collars so for all but the fanciest restaurants I am generally fine.
Oct 17, 2012 7:49 AM
Oct 17, 2012 8:36 AM
Oct 17, 2012 8:59 AM
12I'm tempted to ask what you fellows do that merits having THREE "bottoms." (For me to bring 3 for a 1-week trip it would have to be a skirt to look dressy, a pair of everyday pants, and rain pants or fleece pants to indulge in outdoorsy activities in inclement weather.) But maybe I don't want the details about "skid marks," "going commando," etc.
Oct 17, 2012 9:12 AM
13Depending on the temp and what I am doing I may or may not want to wear a pair of pants more than one day without washing. As I said, three give me one that I am wearing, one may be drying and one clean. The clothes I bring are light weight and quick drying so they don't add much bulk or weight to my carry on.
Oct 18, 2012 5:20 AM
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