How to Pack for a Trip to Chicago

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How to Pack for a Trip to Chicago. The city of great art, amazing architecture, delicious food and phenomenal music is also infamous for wicked winters and sticky summers. Pack appropriately and you'll survive in comfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Carry-on Bags
  • Garment Bags
  • Luggage Sets
  • Travel Clothes
  • Walking Shoes
  • Backpacks
  • Duffel Bags

Check the weather forecast for your intended dates of travel. Chicago winters are the fiercest in the country. The wind chill can drop temperatures deep into the negative. The summers can be hot and humid.

Pack business attire appropriate to your line of work. Choose lighter-weight materials for the summer months. Women wear hose with suits - despite the summer heat - and tights for warmth in the winter.

Think casual for taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Jeans and khakis are appropriate for winter; shorts befit the summer months. T-shirts are a staple.

Pack a very heavy winter coat, long underwear, sweaters, boots, socks, gloves, a scarf and a hat if you plan to be there between December and March. Wear rubber-soled shoes to avoid slipping on ice and snow.

Choose lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen for summer visits, as these natural fibers will breathe in the heat. Pair summer attire with comfortable walking shoes or sandals.

Remember black will hide dirt and absorb heat; white and ivory will betray dirt but keep you cool.

Stash a swimsuit in your bag in case you have the opportunity to take a dip in Lake Michigan during the summer months.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bring a carry-on bag that includes all necessities you might need in case your luggage goes astray: a change of clothes, all medications, spare contact lenses or glasses, all forms of money and any important documents.
  • Pack to accommodate your needs. Leave superfluous items at home.
  • Always pack suits in a garment bag to avoid excess wrinkles and misshapen garments post-flight.

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