How to Pack for a Trip to Boston

Boston is filled with history, distinctive neighborhoods and entertainment. Packing light has its benefits if you're flying or if you just don't want to lug around lots of luggage. Knowing how to pack for a trip to Boston will make a trip much more enjoyable.

Steps

  1. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 1
    1
    Check the Boston weather forecast to plan what clothing to bring.
    • Boston's weather has a reputation for unpredictability, so packing with layers in mind is usually a good idea.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 1Bullet1
    • Pack for a trip with at least 1 or 2 items of rain gear, such as a slicker, umbrella or waterproof shoes.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 1Bullet2
    • If you're planning a summer trip to Boston, bring sunglasses, sun block and perhaps a swimsuit for swimming in a hotel pool or at a Boston beach.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 1Bullet3
    • Travel to Boston can be fairly humid, so think about 100% cotton clothing for comfort.
  2. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 2
    2
    Bring clothing that reflects the activities you plan to participate in.
    • A good plan is packing one outfit for each day.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 2Bullet1
    • Plan to do laundry if your trip to Boston will last at least three weeks.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 2Bullet2
    • Some clubs have dress codes, so bring one dressy item.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 2Bullet3
    • Black is always a good color for dressing up.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 2Bullet4
    • Choose multipurpose clothing items for greater versatility and to save space when packing.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 2Bullet5
  3. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 3
    3
    Make a list of what to pack for a trip to Boston.
    • Be certain that everything has more than one function.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 3Bullet1
    • If it's not on your list, don't pack it.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 3Bullet2
  4. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 4
    4
    Bundle or roll up clothing before placing them in a suitcase or bag. Use every space.
    • Folding takes up too much space in a suitcase and often adds wrinkles to clothing.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 4Bullet1
    • Stick shoes, belts and other rigid items in the outer edge of the suitcase.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 4Bullet2
  5. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 5
    5
    Limit toiletries to small containers.
    • Trip planning should always include plastic bags, such as Ziplocs. This keeps toiletries from leaking onto clothing. Plastic bags can later be reused for dirty clothes or garbage.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 5Bullet1
  6. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 6
    6
    Split clothing for a group between various suitcases if travel to Boston includes flying. That way, if the airline loses one suitcase, everyone still has clothing.
  7. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7
    7
    Pack for travel to Boston by including a carry-on bag for important papers, valuables and items you can't do without. Items you might want to keep close include:
    • Chewing gum to help your ears if you're flying.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet1
    • Tickets, travel itinerary and trip planning notes.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet2
    • Visa or passport if you're coming from outside of the U.S.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet3
    • Identification, credit cards.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet4
    • Electronic items.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet5
    • Prescription medication in original containers.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet6
    • Jewelry.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet7
    • Thieves aren't usually tempted by diaper bags, so they can provide a safe place for important items.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 7Bullet8
  8. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 8
    8
    Pack two pairs of closed-toe comfortable shoes for a trip to Boston.
    • Boston is geared toward walking, so you'll probably be doing lots of it.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 8Bullet1
    • Charming cobblestone streets can be murder on toes and high heels.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 8Bullet2
  9. Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 9
    9
    Consider other items important in trip planning:
    • Guidebooks and maps.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 9Bullet1
    • Camera with additional memory.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 9Bullet2
    • Batteries or chargers.
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 9Bullet3
    • If you're coming from outside the U.S., you may need an electrical adapter and plug converter,
      Image titled Pack for a Trip to Boston Step 9Bullet4

Tips

  • Place a business card with a cell phone number in the baggage label. A business card doesn't reveal the address of your empty home. Write your cell phone number and destination address on a self-adhesive label inside your suitcase. This helps the airline in case the baggage label comes off.
  • Scan passports and tickets and store them in a web-based email account. This allows you to still have access to important information even if it's lost.

Warnings

  • Bostonians take their sports very seriously. Don't wear gear from other cities.


Article Info

Categories: Massachusetts | Travel Packing