Thursday, July 19, 2012

Packing for NYC


My thoughts are starting to turn to packing for NYC. 

I don't ever take much when I travel.... because I have learnt over the years that you never need/wear everything you take. I also think I cured myself of ever travelling 'heavy' again, having backpacked through Europe and the UK in my 20's.... back in the days when EVERYTHING I owned in the world was in my backpack. I worked in a Burns and Plastic Surgery Hospital in London, as a Dietitian, between 'adventures,' so I had to lug work clothes and shoes and work books around with me when I was on the move again too (one needed reference books as there were no computers... that 'Intensive Care Ready Reckoner' has seen the world with me!). Uggh, I don't think my back, hips or knees have ever been the same since. 


So this time? Am I the only one in the world NOT planning to fill suitcases full of cheap stuff to bring home?.. or are these famous last words? ... and will I be sheepishly dragging clutter home with me? All I can think of is the heartbreak of losing it through the journey home ....if you know what I mean. 'Never pack what you are not prepared to lose', they say.


So, first and foremost, my valuables are staying on me. My passport and cash/credit cards will be around my neck... you know the glamorous 'reach down into one's cleavage look' when you wish to buy anything?... yep, I feel safest travelling that way. Very handy apparatus for hanging over the shower head too... to keep your valuables within eyesight and grabbing distance, whilst showering... when you are staying in scary youth hostels in Cesky Krumlov, where you think you are going to be robbed whilst showering.... or murdered in your sleep (if my brother is reading this.....remember?... I was so grateful to wake up alive.)


I''m not taking my laptop as it has my valuable 'work world' on it and if I lost it, my world would end.. well not really... but having to take the back up into some computer shop... and not seem blonde would be a stretch for me. IT and me?... need to know basis only. 

So, I have pinched my son's iPad 1... which sort of does nothing flash.... but I will be able to use Starbuck's WiFi and do stuff.... like a basic blog post with inappropriately sized photos etc.  I can 'bump' my iPhone photos onto it, so I have a back up of them... as I am only taking my iPhone (no camera... I know!... hey, I did Paris on an iPhone!) I have a little, flat, quite stylish, backpack handbag thing that is the exact size of the iPad.... so that's going on my back when I pound the pavement. The zipper can be padlocked and the padlock tucked out of sight ... minimising mugging scenarios....unless the mugger thinks, 'hey, that stylish handbag is the exact same size as an iPad, there must be one in there'!


So I am still doing the carry on suitcase inside the larger suitcase as check-in baggage... just in case!.... and only taking stuff that fills the carry on.... a few summer frocks, walking shoes, yoga pants and singlet to RUN THROUGH CENTRAL PARK IN!!!!!! I'm getting new running shoes there. Yep, still got the 9 year old faithfuls..which I am sure are responsible for my worsening hip and my salt shaker sounding knees as I run up steps.

What else do I need to consider? Does anyone have any specific New York packing tips? Bit different to Paris... I dressed for the part with my Parisian cloche hat and winter scarves and boots! It's going to be hot over there this time! I'm only taking a very small bag onto the plane... book, iPad, toiletries (which I have whittled down to nothing) and change of clothes for lost luggage! 'Murphy's Law' always applies when travelling! 

Happy Thursday!

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45 comments:

  1. Don't forget that you can only carry on travel size lotions, creams, liquids, etc. I had to leave my hand lotion at security because I transfered some from home into one of those travel containers. And because it didn't have the ounces on it, they had to take it. They also took my sun screen because it was too big.
    I forget what the maximum ounces are right now.
    I stopped buying cheap trinkets to bring home from my travels. You don't have to worry about lugging them around and they end up in a box a few months down the road anyways. If I find some things super special I make up a box and ship it home. Much easier getting through security that way.
    It is super hot here right now, high 90's to 100. Thank goodness for a breeze, even if it is a hot breeze. Heh!
    Sounds like you have this packing thing all wrapped up A-M. A voice of experience.

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    1. Yes, shipping! Great idea! Thank you! I can't wait to get there, into your heat! xx

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  2. Hi A-M, I think your packing stategy is very wise, you can buy anything else you might need there anyway and for so much cheaper! Stock up on runners for you and your boys, my $200 runners were $60 in the US! I am so jealous of your runs in Central Park, you just won't believe how much there is to see there. If I was heading to NY I would be watching old Friends dvds to get in the mood!

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    1. I am so going to get some new runners. My knees will thank me. I am staying in hotel for the second week of my stay, on the Upper East side close to Central Park so I can soak it all in from a running perspective! xx

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  3. I think you've got it down pat, A-M !!!! Actually, I'm going to save your list for myself. lol
    When do you fly out ?

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    1. Thanks, I might blog about my list if it works! Heading out on the 29th July. Back 15th August. xx

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  4. Hi A-M, I like traveling with a lovely soft sarong. Perfect as a scarf to give a pop of colour, I us it as a blanket on the plane, something to pop on in your hotel room, as a wrap if the nights get cool. So many uses.
    Have a fab trip, and I look forward to hearing all about it.
    What are your must visit shops while there? Pottery barn? Restoration Hardware? H&M?
    Cheers
    Cathy

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    1. Done. Sarong is on the list. Thank you. It's funny what you don't think of. Thank goodness for blogging! xx

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  5. One of my favourite travelling items is a pashmina that I bought with my daughter in NY Chinatown. They are so soft, and snuggly, and pretty, and cheap. I wish I had bought a dozen.

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    1. NY Chinatown. I'll buy some! Thank you!!! xx

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  6. I never go anywhere without a sweater or two as they super air condition the plane and most restaurants here in North America. Have a wonderful time and I'm looking forward to your travel posts.

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    1. Thanks Grace! I can't wait to get over your side of the world!!! xx

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  7. I'm an hours flight from NY in Toronto and it is really really hot here 100F some days...sundresses are what I would recommend and cotton knickers!

    US Security at the airport is really tight (a good thing). Whatever is in your bra will be out believe me.

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    1. Ha,ha,ha I have been warned! Security should be fun! xx

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  8. You've got it down A-M, now just have a wonderful time! Don't forget how cheap things are in the US compared with Australia, especially if you go to outlet stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, or for posh stores. Even underwear!

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    1. I know! Trish, I am going to come back with stuff, aren't I? Whether I want to or not. Sounds to good to be true! xx

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  9. I don't want to scare you but a thief won't be looking to unzip your backpack. They just slash with a knife and grab and run. My advise would be not to use a back pack. Sorry.
    I also think that you should take a proper camera.( Just something little that will fit into the palm of your hand or a pocket) The iphone can only do so much. I'd hate you to travel to these wonderful places and not have the very best memory's possible recorded. If you haven't already grab yourself a camera connection kit for the ipad and use it to transfer your photos very easily and quickly from the camera to the ipad.If you make an effort to do that regularly at least if you lose your camera or it's stolen you still have the images.
    I am so excited for you, and can't wait to see and hear all about the trip. :)

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    1. Great advice Eleanora. Also photos can be automatically transferrred from iPhone to iPad by installing iCloud.

      A-Me I would say to you..let the adrenaline take over and buy whatever the heck you want because US prices are cheap compared to home so live it up girl!
      xx

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    2. Oh great advice Eleanora. It's actually a small bag that can be converted to a backpack but also worn over the body and even on the front. I'd heard about the slashers. I'm on my own too so I am going to be extra careful and wary! Thank you. xx

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  10. Comfy shoes-I bet you're going to be walking A LOT! Have fun in New York!

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    1. Pity it's summer. My Paris boots can do 8 hour walking days. Hmmm, shoes are going to be a problem. Nothing's as comfy as my knee high boots. Do NY'ers wear boots with their summer frocks?
      xx

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  11. Well loving all the vintage suitcases arn't they fab I wish all my mum's had been kept but no. They all got thrown out years ago :( have a fab time A.M stay possitive about the keeping safe I am sure you will be just great but always better be on your guard I say!!
    Ooh the shopping over there, you will be in your element empty suit case to fill yahoo.

    I always fill my carry on with spare undies I remember flying out to meet my husband who was an officer on a cruise ship at the time, it was to be my last holiday before kids I was pregnant at the time too so this bump kept getting bigger & all my maternity clothes were flying all around the world (I sobbed) & I was trying to find replacement gear stuck on a cruise ship heading to India no such look finalli Hong Kong had a mothercare yay!!! was very greatfull the undies I had been travelling in didn't have to be washed every evening any more.
    The funny thing was I had left on this little black dress from a previous trip which I wore but had to stop after a while as as my bump was getting larger the dress was getting higher & higher all my dancing friends offered to lend me clothes but alas I couldnt borrow much I laugh now hee the day I got home my suitcase was dilivered to my door all creased but at last I had clothes to wear that fitted.
    Have a splended time looking forward to hearing all about it stay safe Lainey x :)

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  12. Sorry...I didn't see...where have you packed me in?!!!!!

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    1. Oh Jules. You will be in my thoughts! xx

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  13. You sound like a pro A-M, you've got the trip taken care of. It's beastly hot down there right now so pack lots of light, breathable things. And you can always pick up what you may need (and ditch it later too) when you're there. Pack your sense of adventure, you're going to have a blast!

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  14. Love all the suitcase pictures! I just can't imagine flying wihtout babies/toddlers which has been my lot in life for the last 15 years! Then its is all about wipes, nappies, food, spare clothes for me in case (no, when) I have orange juice spilt all down my front, children's books, paper, pens, favourite toys, the kid's packs they give on you on the plane that I'm never allowed to leave behind etc etc etc! A tiny bag with just a phone, ipad, books and toiletries sounds like bliss!
    Clare x

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  15. oh who cares, just buy it there babe! I love that your knees sound like salt shakers, so do mine, which is my excuse to not run - you deserve salt shaking knees when you make people look bad... :)

    Have an awesome time mate!
    xxxxxxxxxx
    Annie

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  16. A very comfortable bag and very comfortable walking shoes! Rachael xx

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  17. The first three times I went to NY I took lots of clothes because I wanted to make sure I looked fabulously stylish and would fit in with the New Yorkers. They pretty much wear black from head to toe all the time. But I always ended up with way too much baggage after shopping from one end of Manhattan to the other. The last time I went with a small suitcase packed with the bare minimum of clothes, basically blue, white, beige and denim and put that inside a larger empty suitcase. So I had plenty of reason to shop as I needed clothes to wear and plenty of room to bring it all back. You don't need to worry about forgetting something, be it toiletries, accessories, an umbrella, clothes, makeup etc, because you can shop in NYC 7 days a week until 10pm in most shops and some it's midnight, so you can always get whatever you want. They had to boot me out of stores every night to close, and I then went back to the Gordon Ramsay restaurant in my hotel lobby and had dinner at midnight then spent a few hours with my iPad making my shopping route for the next day and polishing off a few cocktails. I was always waiting eagerly at the door to the shops the next morning for them to open (usually not until 10am), ready to do it all again the following day. It was exhilarating and I must have walked 20 km every day but I never felt tired or jetlagged, I was so excited and wired on adrenalin and didn't want to miss a thing. I didn't get cabs or the subway because there's too much to see and I wanted to see every shop and explore every street.

    There is free WiFi in most hotel lobbies/cafes/restaurants/shops so don't worry about that, just make sure your iPad and iPhone have international roaming turned off or you will get a massive bill when you get home. Don't use them for checking emails or the internet when you are out and about, it's hideously expensive.

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  18. I love it all !! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    XX
    Anci

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  19. Definitely pack as little as you think you can get away with and definitely go shopping when you get there. I love the US - everything is just so much cheaper. I’d recommend taking a pair of black trousers too and a few singlet tops as well (very comfy) and a scarf it always good for brightening up an outfit. And maybe a good cardi - great for the plane and air conditioning. Also, wear slip on shoes while you are on the plane - makes going through metal detectors at security so much easier if you just slip them off then on again.

    K xx

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  20. It sounds like you have it sorted already A-M! Maybe just take a ghd and some of those gorgeous red lipsticks you wear and your smile! Mxxx

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  21. A-M, I so wish I was going with you as well. You know New York is my favourite place and I just know you are going to LOVE it! We actually shopped until 3am in the morning with 3 kids , some shops dont even close. last time,the more we bought, the more new suitcases Mr B had to buy there LOL. We came back with 8 large suitcases and 5 carry on cases and pram!
    And maybe, just maybe you will be upgraded to business class. Make sure you look wordly and faulous when you stand in line to get your bags checked in at the airport...one can dream!
    Mrs B xxx

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  22. I agree with Eleanora. Don't take a backpack. It's too easy to slash and also MAKES you look like a target. After 20 years of travelling for work, I've discovered the best thing is to take a favourite handbag, so you look like a local AND feel stylish. However, make sure it's a) one that has zippered compartments to hide things (ie passports), b) a top zip to keep it securely shut, and c) fits under your arm, or at least somewhere close to your body. (So the Hermes is no good, I'm afraid!)

    Also, I always go to New York with a 8-kilo carry-on bag and ALWAYS, ALWAYS end up buying a small suitcase as everything is SO CHEAP there! I swear I won't do it, but then I see a Madeleine Weinrib rug, a few books, a cute coat, a great handbag... I bet you $10 you won't be able to resist either...

    As for clothes, I took 6 pairs of shoes on the last trip and ended up wearing the 1 pair of wedges the entire time. (Shoes are also fab/cheap in the US. If you need to, just grab some more there) And you'll only need a couple of dresses, a cardi, and a throw for the plane. Try to take hybrids that can cross from daywear to evening.

    You will look great whatever you wear!

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  23. I learned so much about smart packing when I was pregnant with our twins. I had 2 pants, one slim the other wider legged.
    2 simple tops, one long blazer, one skirt and one dress - mix and match so they all work. Base it off a solid, navy, khaki, black or a color and add accessories. It is amazing how much more fun it is when one packs smartly.
    NY - anything goes~
    pve

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    1. Thank you Patricia. Great advice! xx

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  24. Metallicus clothes can be scrunched up small, and you can change the look around with a few of their pieces. Good luck packing!

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  25. Hi A-M, I am currently in New York and have been for the last three weeks. It has been so hot here and i find that sundresses are the best thing to wear. I have hardly worn my jeans, although a pair of dark jeans with a fancy top might be nice for a night out (my husband and I are travelling with a toddler so we're home by 6pm most days!). Central Park is beautiful and I am so sure you will enjoy running through it. I am not sure what you plan to do in NY but I think you'd like City Bakery on W18th- a nice stop for a cool drink after a visit to nearby West Elm maybe? If you find yourself on the Upper West Side and are in the mood for cookies, Levain on W74th and Amsterdam is simply amazing. Hope you have a fabulous time. I am here only for a few more days and am not sure how to say goodbye to this fabulous city.

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  26. Hi A-M, I just got back from New York - my first trip. It's so amazing - you can't believe how many people there are, and the buildings just never end. The amazing thing is that it's so easy to navigate with the logical street/avenue numbering system. It's super hot there at the moment - I wore 3/4 length cotton pants most of the time, and either Havaianas or sneakers (so stylish!). I preferred to wear a loose cotton shirt over a singlet as I didn't want the straps of my bag stuck to my shoulders :( A bag with a long strap that you can wear cross-body is always nice for keeping your hands free.

    I found sem-decent coffee at Aroma Espresso, on East 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave (opposite the Helmsley Hotel) - they also had yummy salads and delish plain frozen yoghurt...the flavoured ones were far too sweet for me.

    Also you must must must go to Grand Central Station to see the amazing ceiling...it's absolutely gorgeous.

    Looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing all about it!

    Jacqui - in chilly Melbourne!

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  27. Hi A-M, I just got back from New York - my first trip. It's so amazing - you can't believe how many people there are, and the buildings just never end. The amazing thing is that it's so easy to navigate with the logical street/avenue numbering system. It's super hot there at the moment - I wore 3/4 length cotton pants most of the time, and either Havaianas or sneakers (so stylish!). I preferred to wear a loose cotton shirt over a singlet as I didn't want the straps of my bag stuck to my shoulders :( A bag with a long strap that you can wear cross-body is always nice for keeping your hands free.

    I found sem-decent coffee at Aroma Espresso, on East 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave (opposite the Helmsley Hotel) - they also had yummy salads and delish plain frozen yoghurt...the flavoured ones were far too sweet for me.

    Also you must must must go to Grand Central Station to see the amazing ceiling...it's absolutely gorgeous.

    Looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing all about it!

    Jacqui - in chilly Melbourne!

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  28. Hello A-M,
    Don't forget the melatonin. Take 5mg at the time of the destination's evening starting from your flight, if that co-incides. Avoid too much food and alcohol on the flight. Continue taking melatonin 5mg in evening for at least 4 days. Soak up bright sunlight in the morning at your destination.
    Good review article on use of melatonin here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001520/pdf/standard
    Wishing you a wonderful adventure.
    Kathryn H

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    1. I have the melatonin!...saw my GP this week!.... although forumlation is only 2mg capsules with instructions for 2mg before sleep. I thought the does was a bit low. I will read your article with much interest. Thank you! xx

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  29. I'm not podiatrist but you NEED NEW SHOES! You NEED NEW SHOES!!! The rubber, etc deteriorates over time and yes, will cause lots of problems. Pick up some cheap Nikes, etc in the US but when you get back, go to a podiatrist that will get you on a treadmill, video your running and then select a running shoe based on how your foot lands. All Podiatry at Windsor & Indooroopilly do that. If in a private health fund you can claim on the podiatrist appt & also on your shoes. Win win!
    I'll now hop off my shoe box! ;-)
    Enjoy NYC!!!

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  30. Am bookmarking this post. Mr B and I are planning a trip to NY next year ... the only problem is ... what do I do with him while we are there??? He is not a fan of shopping (I buy all his clothes) and that is the main thing I want to do while there :S

    B

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  31. So pleased I dropped by and found this post. I am off to New York in September, so will be sitting down with a cuppa and reading through all the comments to this post. Have a great holiday and I look forward to reading about your exploits whilst there.

    Claire :}

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx