New Orleans is hot. I heard that so many times before departing on my trip but it never actually sank in. At least not until we actually arrived in New Orleans. Trust me when I say New Orleans is hot. The temperature did not drop below 95 degrees F during the days we were there and that isn’t including the heat index or the Feels Like temperatures.

Choosing what to pack for your summer trip to New Orleans can be tricky if you’ve never been there. Take it from someone who has and pack for sub-tropical weather. It’s hot, it’s humid but it is totally worth the trip if you can stomach the heat.

Do's & Don'ts for #NoLa Summer

The first thing to keep in mind is the fact you are going to sweat regardless of what you wear. Because of this you want to wear clothing that is breathable and moisture-wicking is a definite bonus. Lightweight layers will help you stay dry as long as possible.

Cotton sundresses for ladies, cotton shirts and loose fitting shorts for men seem to be a no fail route to take when dressing for a New Orleans summer.

 Do Choose:    Don’t Choose:   
  • light colored cotton & linen fabrics
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • tank tops
  • capris
  • sun dresses
  • well padded sandals
  • sneakers with socks
  • skirts with leggings to (prevent chaffing)
  • heavy fabrics
  • jeans
  • sweaters/sweatshirts
  • sneakers without socks
  • dark clothing
  • flannel
  • any teamware other than the Saints


Hair ties and  headbands will help keep your hair off of your face. This is a good idea to prevent blemishes and excessive sweating.

Umbrellas and parasols will hide you from the sun keeping the sweat away longer.

Thin leggings/capris are great for sundresses and skirts to prevent chaffing if you don’t have chaffing cream.


Avoid spray tanning before visiting New Orleans in the summer. I didn’t and it melted off! No, seriously – it melted. I had streaks and splotches of spray tan everywhere.

Make sure to apply sunscreen liberally. Even on overcast days.

Stay hydrated, it doesn’t take much to dehydrate in New Orleans during the summer.

One of the many great things about New Orleans is you aren’t judged. Big, small, short, tall – New Orleanians are some of the friendliest people I have met and if you go out without makeup on they wont judge you! New Orleans’ summer & makeup don’t go very well together so consider opting for some SPF tinted moisturizer instead.

Tell Me: Did I miss anything? What would you recommending wearing in New Orleans during the summer?