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 entertainment
Boston' weather is hard to predict. A chilly, overcast morning can become a sunny, warm afternoon - and vice versa. Try to layer your clothing so that you can remove or add garments as needed for comfort. Rain may appear with little warning, so pack a raincoat and umbrella if you have the room. Boston is a great walking city - despite picturesque but bumpy cobblestone streets, brick walkaways, and uneven asphalt - so be sure to bring comfortable shows. In all seasons, it's often breezier (and colder) along the coast: carry a windbreaker, fleece jacket, or sweatshirt or hoodie when touring the beach or harbor areas.
Weather-wise, late spring and fall are the optimal times for a visit. Aside from mild temperatures, May offers blooming gardens throughout the city and October finds the surrounding countryside ablaze with colorful foliage. At both times, however, expect hordes of visitors.
Boston is in the Eastern time zone, 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles, 1 hour ahead of Chicago, 5 hours behind London, and 15 hours behind Sydney. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is observed. DST begins the second Sunday in March, when clocks are set ahead one hour, and ends the first Sunday in November, when clocks are set back an hour (tip for remembrance: "Spring forward, and Fall behind").