Spring Fling in DC
So you are coming to the Nation’s Capital for Spring! Yay! You are going to love it. Not just for the Cherry Blossoms but because it hasn’t reached the crazy death temperatures that summer can get to and the humidity hasn’t gotten to the point where you feel like you are swimming instead of walking.
In fact, Spring and Fall are the best times to visit DC. The weather is great, the Mall and the Museums are not too overcrowded yet an the city is colorful! Blooming colors in the spring and the leaves are gorgeous in the fall.
I have put together a packing guide to help you make the most of your Spring visit while being completely prepared for everything DC has to offer and not to mention being super stylish for the season.
Grab you suitcases and let’s get to packing.
Onto your suitcase!
1. An Umbrella: The Spring can be warm and rainy. Don’t be surprised if you have rain in the morning but sun in the afternoon. This one is super cute and you can have it hook around your arm for easy carrying.
2. A Light Coat: Along with the rain in the morning, you might find some clouds blocking the sun. Make it a light coat because again chances are, you will have some sun in the afternoon.
3. Cute Tennis Shoes: You will be walking A LOT in DC. The Mall alone is a ton of walking and add in the museums, you will want comfortable shoes. Even better if they are this cute!
4. A Chic Cell Phone Case: Chances are, if you are addicted to Instagram like I am, you will have your phone out to snap that perfect picture. Make sure you case is dressed up as cute as you are!
5. A Light Sweater: Perfect for over a tee or a dress, just in case there is a little bit of wind. The museums are also known for being cooler and you can get chilled.
6. Light Colored Pants: Wear them rolled up or all the way down, the weather may not be warm enough for shorts but great for a light pair of pants. Loving this pair of polka dot pants from Target.
7. Chic Spring Dress: It is not unusual to see people sightseeing in a dress. They can be airy and great to tour around in. DC can be quite dressy and if you don’t have time to change for dinner, you are already dressed to impress.
8. Boat Shoes: You are one the East Coast in DC. Boat Shoes are a must, even if you aren’t going to go on a boat. They are just a staple of life. I love these Gold Sperrys.
9. Sunglasses: These are a must. A lot of what’s to see in DC is outside and it can get quite bright. Don’t let your eyes get burned.
10. A Small Shoulder Purse: A big, heavy purse can make your back hurt. Having a small to medium sized purse is great for sightseeing all day. This purse from Kate Spade is the perfect size and it has a special place for your iPad. Genius!
Now, what to pack in your purse!
1. Bandaids!: I can not stress these enough. Even us seasoned DC walkers still get blisters. I had a massive one after touring with my in-laws and always carry bandaids in my purse for this reason. These ones from OUCH, are so stinkin cute too!
2. A Camera: This one is kind of a no brainer but this is a picture of our point and shoot camera, we love it because you can take great panorama pictures. Great for those memorial pictures on the Mall.
3. A Re-Useable Shopping Bag: Most people don’t know that DC charges you a couple of cents every time you buy something and need a bag. Since you will be in and out of gift shops, this might be a great thing to have in your purse so you don’t have to purchase a bag every time you buy a souvenir.
4. A Mild Pain Reliever: Your feet, legs, arms and just about anything else will get tired from walking. Having a few mild pain relievers on hand is a good idea. Also helps with those mild headaches from reading all that history.
5. Sunscreen: Again, I can not stress this enough! Even with cloud cover and mild temperatures, you can get burned. Put on once in the morning and cover again mid day and you won’t have those pesky sunglass tan lines!
6. Small Card Wallet: With your smaller purse, it is also better to have just a small card wallet for your CC, ID and metro pass. Easy to get in and out and not as heavy as toting around your check book and change. I use my Coach one all the time. Easy and simple!
7. Hand Sanitizer: DC is crawling with thousands of people and the Metro is a dirty, dirty place. Having hand sanitizer available is a good idea, plus hopefully you won’t take home some body else’s germs.
8. Tissues: Use as napkins or have on hand for the Holocaust Museum. There are flowers all over the place in the spring, so if you have allergies, you might need these a lot.
9. Chapstick: Much like sunscreen, your lips might get burned. Make sure to keep applying as your touring. Use a tinted one for a chic look.
Can’t wait to see you here! It’s time for your spring fling here in DC!