Packing and What To Bring

There are several factors that will determine what you need to pack for your trip:

  • Time of year/weather (See Weather below)
  • Personal preference
  • Your evening entertaintment

Based on the above, please pack accordingly, and take the following into account:

  1. When traveling to any place you know you will be walking around, and entering into and going out of difference buildings, so it is best to wear layers. This way you can add and remove clothing depending on how you feel and the temperature differences between inside and outside.
  2. Bring comfortable walking shoes.
  3. Many restaurants in New York are smart casual (no tee-shirts, sweatpants, or sneakers, but a nice pair of jeans is OK) when it comes to dinner. The theater is the same. If you wish to wear a suite, skirt or a cocktail dress, you are more than welcome and you will not feel out of place. Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are formal. If you are taking a dinner cruise, a jacket and tie are required for men and similar attire for women. If there is an event in your itinerary where specific clothing is required, Beyond Times Square will inform you.

All hotels we use have hairdryers, alarm clocks, and shampoo, so you do not need to bring your own. Many also provide hair conditioner and body lotion.


New York has four seasons. The best times of year are September-November, and May-June. December and January are cold, but a trip to New York during the holiday season is an experience in itself. The summer months (July and August) are hot, but there is a lot of fun outdoor activity. The chart below will give you a better idea of the weather.

NYC Weather

Temperatures are expressed in Farenheit Degrees and precipitations are expressed in inches.


New York City is in the East Coast Time Zone (Eastern Standard Time). It is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)