The only thing predictable about New England weather is the unpredictability. That’s why many tourists often panic when planning a trip to Boston. So what do you pack when traveling to a new city, especially when the weather may change at any moment? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
1. A good rain jacket
We’re not just talking about something with a hood here, but a layer that’s truly waterproof. Trust us, you’ll be glad you brought it when it starts down pouring during the second inning of your Red Sox game.
2. Comfortable walking shoes
Unless you plan on taking a cab everywhere, you’re going to do a lot of walking. This fact, combined with the many cobblestone streets, makes high heels impractical (and dangerous) for even the most experienced fashionista. Traveling during the winter months? Definitely pack some warm winter boots. The slush-filled streets will ruin sneakers in no time.
3. Nicer evening attire
Planning on checking out an opera, ballet or musical while you’re in town? Be sure to pack something that’s a step up from your tourist gear. For the ladies, we recommend some cotton slacks that travel well (and will require little ironing once you get to your hotel) to keep your legs warm if the weather suddenly turns chilly.
Known for it’s comfortable style, Boston is a city that lives for jeans. Pair them with a slinkier top or a button down dress shirt and they will instantly take you from Fenway Park to happy hour. Packing one pair will often take you through several outfits during your trip and they may even be rolled or cuffed if the weather turns warm.
5. Great pajamas
Whether you’re traveling to Boston for business or pleasure, comfortable pajamas are essential to ensure you’ll get a great night’s sleep. Packing stylish PJs will also mean you’re presentable enough to walk downstairs to grab your breakfast in the morning.
What not to pack? Your Yankees gear, of course! Sports are a religion in Boston, and while the people are friendly, we don’t necessarily make fast friends with the enemy. What item always makes it into your suitcase when you travel to Boston? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!