packing light: nyc in the spring

packing light NYC in spring

we just got back from a family trip to NYC and it was amazing!  we were blessed with amazing weather, but we were prepared just in case it wasn’t so great.  with 5 of us traveling for 6 days, we tried to pack pretty light.  here are my outfits, and some tips!

packing light NYC in spring

for flying, i like to wear leggings for comfort, but to dress it up just a touch.  you never know when the flight attendant may need to choose someone for first class ;)  i don’t prefer to show my bum, so a longer tunic works perfectly.  i layer on a thin cardigan, and always always always wear/carry a scarf.  this can be used as a light blanket, a pillow, for a little extra warmth.  i like to wear flats on the plane, but decided to wear sandals this time.  i also tuck a pair of warm socks in my purse for once i’m on the plane – my feet always get cold!

we got into the city around 6, so this outfit transitioned well for walking and heading out for dinner – no need to change outfits!

leggings //  tunic {similar, similar} // scarf {similar} //  sandals {similar, similar, similar, similar}

packing light NYC in spring

like i said, we had amazing weather.  our first day was easily over 85*!  a tank would’ve been better, but this cotton shirt still worked nicely because it was light colored and loose fitting.  i tend to keep my outfits fairly neutral when traveling so if the weather throws me for a loop i can layer on pieces from other outfits and they’ll still work.  also, cross body bag.  a must.  i brought 2 with, both lay pretty flat.  why do i like these for travel?  because they have enough storage to fit the daily essentials, but not enough room to carry everyone else’s goodies!  each of my kids carried their own small bag for themselves (yay for big kids!).  cross body bags are great for long days of walking because i don’t have to hold my bag, i can alternate shoulders, and it is tight against my body on crowded sidewalks.

shirt {similar, similar} //   jeans //  converse //  bag

packing light NYC in spring

the next day the weather was cooler, even a teeny bit sprinkly (i think i felt maybe 10 drops).  it was still pretty warm, so an airy top with a light jacket was plenty warm.  comfy shoes are a must if you plan on walking much.  i have made the mistake of choosing cute shoes over comfort when traveling before and it was so bad i won’t ever do it again!  these boots were awesome.

shirt {similar, similar, similar} //  jeans //  jacket {similar} //  boots // bag {similar}

packing light NYC in spring

i am pretty sensitive to changes in temperature, so when i chose to wear a tank top, i also grabbed a sweater.  thankfully, my bag  is big enough to shove a sweater into if needed.

tank //  sweater //  pants {similar, similar, similar} //  converse //  bag

packing light NYC in spring

i don’t usually dress super casual when we travel, but in NYC i think you can really wear anything and fit in.  people & style watching there was so much fun!

shirt {similar, similar} //  jacket  {similar} //  jeans // converse //  bag

packing light NYC in spring

we had a morning flight out so no time for fun other than a quick walk to breakfast.  my “travel leggings” were on the bottom of the dirty clothes pile so there was no re-wearing them this time around!  jeans it was.  after having 3 kids, i have found that i prefer loose fitting tops.  i’m self conscious about my belly, so this trapeze sweater is perfect!  and again, a scarf.

sweater //  jeans //  boots //  scarf {similar} //  bag {similar}

i also packed a dressier dress, opaque tights and heels just in case, but we didn’t need them.  i also threw in a couple extra shirts in case i changed my mind.

i love the challenge of packing light!  if anyone wants to see what i’d pack for hawaii in the summer, i’d be happy to share.  all i need is for someone to send me there!


  1. 1

    I love that cognac crossbody! I also love that tunic that you wore for the flight there. I’m not great at packing light. I’m packing for a 3-day weekend away this weekend and I’ve got waaay too much planned to pack!

  2. 2

    Great outfits! I especially love the camp pants and grey tops. Packing light is a challenge. We are going to Hawaii next month (all 5 of us) and i’m dreading packing.

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    Hahaha!! Your comment about Hawaii made me laugh. I was like wait is she….ooooh!!! Lol love your style! We’re going on an Alaskan cruise in July and I’m already planning my suitcase. Unfortunately, the weather is pretty unpredictable as far as daily temperatures so this trip is going to throw me for a loop! Now if YOU could go and give me some tips, I’d appreciate it.

  4. 5

    for leggings and tunics, next time contact me! I sell the perfect ones through my LuLaRoe FB page:)

  5. 6

    Love the boots and that green jacket! I always like to see how moms dress when traveling. It’s so easy to forget about ourselves when worrying that the kids have everything they need.

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    Nicole A says:

    I’d love to hear how your husband packs light. I find men’s clothes to be so bulky and aren’t often rewareable.
    And Hawaii sounds good to me too!

  7. 8

    LOVE all of your outfit choices! So cute and perfect for NYC. Thanks for sharing!
    “The Busy Brunette”

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    lynnann says:

    Oh my. I was hoping for a post about packing again! I love your sense of style and how you think to put it together. You do a fabulous job on your blog. Don’t change a thing. For fun it would be neat to see packing ideas for different locations for vacation packing this summer. xoxo

  9. 10

    I love, love, love all of your outfits! I especially love the white converses, the striped shirt, the lace shirt, and the military style jacket! Have a great day!


  10. 11

    Great looks! Glad you had fun on your family vacation. Packing light to travel into the city is definitely a must!

    The Closet by Christie

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    Crystal says:

    We are leaving for NYC next week which we are totally excited about! It was my daughter’s graduation gift. We’ve never been are so totally excited about going!! Love your outfits!!

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    Lisa Tate says:

    I love your packing tips… Your style is spot on. Would love to see what you pack for your traveling kids.

  13. 14

    I moved in a another town because of my new job which is connected with a lot of traveling. I am from these people who find it difficult to pack a light luggage. Thank you for the nice tips!

  14. 15

    I love all the looks you posted this week, esp the white lace/crochet top!

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    I would love to know if you had any updated links to the grey turtleneck sweater of military jacket? Or look-alike suggestions. They are both so cute and exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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