Going into Labor Day weekend, Abby and I traveled to New York City to attend my buddy’s wedding as well as celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary.

All in all, with travel to/from, we spent 5 nights, went carry-on only and had a wide range of events dictating dress code. Weather sunny in the high 80s. Urban sightseeing, broadway theatre, casual to fancy dining, a formal wedding and Ultimate Frisbee in Central Park.

My NYC packlist laid out for display

  • Dress shoes
  • Running shoes
  • Jeans
  • Grey pants
  • running short
  • sleep short
  • underwear (3)
  • socks (4)
  • tees (3)
  • undershirt
  • short sleeve checker shirt
  • long sleeve checker shirt
  • white long sleeve dress shirt
  • three piece suit
  • tie
  • belt
  • hat
  • Frisbee
  • water bottle
  • shoe horn
  • phone charger
  • phone
  • wallet
  • hanky
  • headphones
  • packable backpack
  • ziplock (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, comb, allergy med, hangover meds, ear plugs, eye drops)
  • backpack
  • grocery bags

Not pictured:

Deodorant, belt, hanky, phone, hat, plastic grocery bags (2), bag of mixed nuts.

Packed backpack for NYC trip

Wearing on the plane:

Easter color dress shirt, belt, jeans, grey underwear, socks, dress shoes, hat.

Post-travel notes:

  • Didn’t wear dark grey tee (checker dress shirt was worn multiple days)
  • Only rinsed running shorts
  • Barefoot shoes were not made for urban exploring. The pack nice, but miles of walking city streets made my feet hurt. Experienced this in Dublin too but forgot. Also I was lucky not to pierce my shoe with a construction nail, glass etc.
  • Dress shoes made going through TSA inefficient.
  • Bag fit nicely under seats.
  • Wore instead of packed suit jacket for trip home.
  • Saw men bring suit bags as a personal item.
  • Wrinkles weren’t too bad overall. Ironed white dress shirt before wedding.
  • Vest was hot for wedding and I felt overdressed.
  • Bought wireless Bluetooth headphones for trip home.
  • Could have survived with just grey pants instead of also jeans.
  • Bought additional suncreen. Didn’t use either…