As avid viajeras we always struggle to pack. Let’s face it, we are Latinas! Even our day purse carries hairspray, perfume, and our full make-up bag!
If you travel a lot for work, or you are like me this July, about to face a summer wedding under the Brooklyn Bridge, this article is for you – what to pack for New York in the summer.
- Follow the 5-4-3-2-1 rule. The rule goes something like…every carry-on should have five tops, four bottoms, three accessories, two pairs of shoes and one swimsuit. The thought is nice, but a swimsuit for NYC? And only two pairs of shoes? I will give it my very best shot.
- Flats. I know you are in love with your wedges, but trust me, the city is humid, sticky, and the New Yorkers won’t cut you any slack because you are a few inches above the ground. Pack a good pair of flats that can you carry in your purse, and then switch over for heels when you get to the main event. Flip flops are a nice thought, but if you are not used to walking, you will regret them. Plus, you don’t want a perfect pedicure to fight the grime of the B train.
- An umbrella. It RAINS. Yes, in caps. It rains- cats, dogs, and everything in between. Every day. Sometimes every hour. And when it rains, what happens? The cabs disappear and people get ruder on the street going down the subway. If you are staying at a hotel, they might run out of umbrellas (it happened to me). And if you are staying with a friend, she knows better than to lend it out to someone who didn’t think she needed one on the first place.
- Something black, and something shiny. You don’t know where the night might take you, and the worse thing you can do is skip on something that could be super fun because you are an outfit too short or you don’t know what to wear. A black tank top and a necklace statement over boyfriend jeans will do the trick, no matter how fancy the club or divy the burger joint.
- Portable cellphone charger. You will be out and about, taking pictures, checking in and out of bars, restaurants, museums and parks through Foursquare, Facebook and Instagram…and mabye even some Tindering? New York is the city that never sleeps, but your phone has a very limited battery!