Packing Tips and List for a New Orleans Getaway
A visit to New Orleans conjures up visions of partying on Bourbon Street, street performers on Jackson Square and sipping aromatic chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde. But how do you pack for all activities and the ever-changing weather that encompasses a wonderful weekend getaway in the Big Easy?
Be prepared for the heat! The average temperatures in New Orleans in January & February are in the 60’s; March to May they range from the 70's to 80's; June through September will find temps in the 90's. The humidity is worse in the Spring through mid-Fall. These variables can make packing for a getaway to New Orleans a challenge.
New Orleans, A Walking City
If you plan to spend time in the French Quarter, beware of the streets. The pavement is uneven in many places, and can cause a trip hazard. This is also true in the Garden District. Comfortable shoes for walking are a must. New Orleans has several walking neighborhoods – the French Quarter, Treme, the Garden District, the Arts District (a.k.a. the Warehouse District), are just a few.
Packing Tips for New Orleans
It is easier to travel these days with just a carry-on bag. I am learning the art of what I term “capsule packing.” I choose a color scheme – in this case for our New Orleans trip, it was black and white. Every piece I brought (with the exception of 2 dresses) was either black or white and easily mixed & matched to create different looks for each day.
Dress in New Orleans for an evening out is generally smart casual. I felt quite comfortable in a casual dress and sandals for most of our evenings out. For men, jeans, khakis, and polo shirts are fine. There are a handful of restaurants where you might want a sports jacket for men and a dressier shoe for women.
Packing an umbrella or rain jacket is always a good idea to protect you from the daily showers. An added bonus of carrying an umbrella is providing shade from the brutal sun.
Capsule Packing List:
◀︎Emergency Contact Information
◀︎Scarf (to dress up your outfits if needed)
▶︎Black & White print
▶︎Black & white print
▶︎Boyfriend style denim jean
▶︎White denim crop jean
▶︎Knee length sundress
▶︎1 pair comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes / walking sandals)
▶︎1 pair dressy flat sandals
Reasons to Visit New Orleans
New Orleans offers so much for the casual traveler – great food, history, culture and of course parties galore during the Mardi Gras season!