- Fly Instead of taking a Train or A Bus
There's always a fine line between being prepared and bringing too much stuff. It's important to make sure you bring everything you need but there's also nothing worse than having to get your bags checked or running out of room with all the new souvenirs you've gathered at the end of your trip. Try and keep things contained to one carry-on bag if possible and leave yourself as much space as you can. The more room available in your bags, the more room that can be used for items you might pick up while shopping in the city.
- Pack Light
You can never tell what the weather is going to do in New York so definitely make sure you pack accordingly. It can get downright balmy during the summer but once the sun goes down and the wind starts to whip between the buildings you’ll definitely be glad you brought a jacket to cover up. According to British Airways the summers in the city hit average highs of a toasty 28 degrees Celsius (that’s 82.4 Fahrenheit) but it can get much hotter during the day before cooling down drastically in the evening. A light jacket and the ability to adjust throughout the day is key to keeping comfortable.
- Bring a Jacket
Also, be sure to bring a pair of flats or otherwise comfortable shoes in addition to the stylish ones you really want to wear. There’s nothing like being ready to catch the subway uptown until you realize they’re doing renovations and the train is out, and you have to walk five blocks because you don’t want to pay for a cab - and you only have uncomfortable shoes! Trust me, your feet will thank you for packing backups.
- Bring Some Spare Shoes
You brought a paper map of the subway system to New York? That's adorable. If you're done being judged by every single person on the street, put that map back in your oversized European carry-all and download an app that will provide all the same information for you quicker, easier and much less embarrassingly. Huffington Post recommends the terrific Kickmap app for a very accessible understanding of the overly complicated subway system and HopStop is great for figuring our and budgeting cab rides for the evening.
- Ditch the Map and Get the App
What are your survival tips for the city that never sleeps?