A vacation home offers you many of the comforts of home while you’re on vacation. That being said, you’ll still have to pack some essentials before you set off. Boston has notoriously fickle weather, but with a bit of planning, you can make your trip a success without weighing down your suitcase.

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  1. Good Walking Shoes

    One of Boston’s many charms is that it’s a highly walkable city. Take advantage of the many opportunities to explore neighborhoods and pack a good pair of walking shoes.

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  2. Comfortable Clothing

    If you’re going to spend your days walking around the city, you want to stay comfortable. Bostonians are usually stylish, so any outfit that blends fashion and function is ideal.

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  3. Layers

    Boston weather can change at the blink of an eye, so you should be prepared for anything. Since temperatures can drop or rise with little notice, wrap yourself up in layers that you can take off or put on as needed.

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  4. An Umbrella

    Quick bouts of rain are common in the city, especially in the fall and spring. Pack a compact umbrella that you can easily stow in your bag in case an unexpected shower hits.

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  5. A Jacket

    A light jacket will always come in handy, even if you’re visiting the city in the summer. Evenings are on the cooler side, and summer rain isn’t unheard of. If you’re going on your Boston vacation in the colder months, be sure to pack an appropriate winter coat.

  6. A Water Bottle

    Wandering city streets by foot is a lot of fun, but since it’s also exercise, it’s important to stay hydrated. Pack a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day and you’ll never go thirsty.

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  7. A Day Pack

    Between water bottles, snacks and layers of clothing, you’ll probably find yourself carrying lots of stuff while you explore Boston. A comfortable backpack or cross-body bag can help you pack everything you need for the day without sacrificing comfort. As an added bonus, a good day pack can also double as a carry-on bag on the plane.

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  8. Sunglasses

    Just like it can rain at any moment, you never know when the sun might appear. Keep the glare at bay with a pair of sunglasses with UV protection, even if you’re visiting in the winter.

  9. A Good Lotion

    Wind is a common fixture in the city, especially when you’re wandering close to the harbor. A good moisturizing facial lotion helps keep your skin from drying out. In the summer, look out for a product with added sunscreen to keep those UV rays at bay.

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  10. Seasonal Clothing Items

    There are plenty of beaches around Boston, so a swimsuit is a must for a summer vacation in the area. In the winter, be sure to pack scarves, gloves and warm socks alongside your winter coat.