What to Pack on Your Trip to New Orleans

Sure, you can check your weather app on your iPhone the week of your trip, but New Orleans weather has a knack for being unpredictable. Check out our seasonal tips on what to pack, whether you’re coming during spring, summer, winter, or fall.


Spring in New Orleans often means rain, and while temperatures are typically mild, it can get hot! Spring is also festival season, and with the added rain, festival grounds can get muddy. Translation: don’t forget your rain boots!

What to Pack:
  • T-shirts, tank tops, and shorts
  • A light jacket or sweater for layering in the mornings or evenings
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat (this can double as your jacket or sweater!)
  • Rain boots


Summer in New Orleans gets pretty hot – there’s just no way around it. Luckily, you’ll be having such a fantastic time you won’t even notice the heat… especially when you pack the right items!

What to Pack:
  • Lightweight clothing like tank tops and shorts
  • Comfortable, lightweight shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella


Fall is one of the most glorious times to be in New Orleans. The weather is typically sunny and moderate with a lovely breeze. New Orleans loves a good costume, so if you’re coming around Halloween, don’t forget to pack something fun to wear!

What to Pack:
  • Jeans or pants
  • Light sweaters
  • A jacket for layering
  • Comfortable shoes


Winter in New Orleans isn’t too cold, but it’s always good to play it safe! The best advice is to pack with layering in mind. Temperatures can fluctuate in the course of the day – and you’ll definitely want a warm jacket that can keep the occasional rain shower at bay.

What to Pack:
  • Jeans or pants
  • Light sweaters
  • Long-sleeve tops
  • A vest or jacket
  • Comfortable shoes or boots
  • Scarf

A Word on Fine Dining

New Orleans’ fine dining scene is one of the best in America. But remember, if you choose to go to a fine dining restaurant, you’ll need appropriate attire! For ladies, that means no jeans and ideally a dress or dress slacks. For men, be sure to pack a dinner jacket and dress shoes.