New Orleans Packing List

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. and it’s always a blast to visit. And any fun city always calls for fun fashion.

What should I wear in New Orleans?

My New Orleans packing list will help you prepare for any trip to The Big Easy.

Dresses & Rompers
It’s HOT & SWEATY in NOLA, from the spring through fall and even some days in the winter. That means I like to keep things simple, but cute and there’s nothing easier than pulling on a dress or romper that’s a complete look with just one piece. Given the heat I prefer a dress because they’re so breezy and with all the good food in New Orleans, you’ll love an outfit that has some breathing room.

Closed-Toe & Flat Shoes
Depending on the time of year
Flat boots – In the cooler months, a pair of flat boots will serve you well. Pair them with skinny jeans and black tights plus skirts.
Cute sneakers – New Orleans is very walkable so you’ll want to treat your feet right with a comfortable, but cute pair of sneakers.
Flat sandals – In the warmer months, pack some cute, flat sandals that are more sturdy than flimsy. Keep in mind you’ll likely be walking down streets renowned for parties and maybe even a cemetery or two, so choose a pair that you don’t mind seeing scuffed up a bit.

A Cross-Body Bag
With so much to see and the need to keep your hands free for to-go drinks, you’ll want a hands-free crossbody bag.

Umbrella or Rain Coat
The weather in New Orleans is unpredictable and a rainstorm can pop up out of nowhere. Be prepared to continue the sightseeing by packing one or the other.

Denim Jacket
The AC will be blasting in restaurants and bars so pack a light jacket, like denim, that goes with everything.

No matter the time of year, pack some high-SPF sunscreen. It’s often sunny and warm and you’ll want to make sure you keep your skin protected from the elements.

Skinny Jeans & Fun Tops
Opt for a thinner fabric when picking out your skinny jeans or jeggings. You’ll want whatever fabric that feels most breathable. Then pack a few fun, going-out style tops. If there’s any place where you can have fun with your outfits, it’s going to be New Orleans.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? What are you must-have items you always pack?

If you’re planning a New Orleans trip, check out these other articles:
Where to Stay in New Orleans
New Orleans Travel Guide
Best Bars in New Orleans
A New Orleans Itinerary


What should you wear in New Orleans? The following packing list for New Orleans will help any female traveler prepare for their visit to The Big Easy.


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