As a Louisiana native, I've spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the years. While I'm no longer a resident of the Bayou State, the majority of my family is. I had my wedding in the Big Easy, too, so my trips to New Orleans have been more frequent in the past couple of years. I've realized that there are certain wardrobe essentials when visiting the city, so if you're not sure what to pack for New Orleans, I'm here for you.
You've probably heard that heat and humidity are trademarks of the Crescent City, and while that's not exactly the case year-round, the rumors are pretty much true. Spring, summer, and even early fall can be downright steamy in NOLA; rain showers are a frequent occurrence; and you're probably going to spend a good deal of your time walking to places like Café du Monde, the Garden District, St. Louis Cathedral, Frenchmen Street, and Bourbon Street after dark.
The point is, you're going to be walking outside a lot, and you'll need appropriate attire that suits the festive yet chill vibe of the city. Keep scrolling to find out which 14 things I pack for every trip to New Orleans (so you can spend your time planning what to eat there, not what to wear).
I'll go ahead and start with the obvious. You're going to want to pack a few pairs of shorts.