Travel preparations on an old wooden table

Planning a trip out to the nation’s capital is incredibly exciting, but it can be tough to know what to take with you. We’ve got you covered with a guide on what to bring (and what not to) on your upcoming trip to DC!

Bring

Sunscreen

Summers in DC can get scorching, so make sure to pack some trusty sunscreen along to keep from burning. Once you’ve applied some, you’ll be ready for some favorite DC activities, like exploring the National Mall, rooftop bars, and patio brunches!

Blazer

While DC’s not the most formal of cities, many of its more upscales restaurant and bars have clientele coming straight from day jobs on the Hill and at the White House. If you’re looking to fit in, pack a blazer or a suit jacket that you can bring along to one of the city’s hotspots.

Walking Shoes

If you’re planning to walk around DC’s many Smithsonian museums, visit the monuments, or try out the city’s bike rentals, you’ll want a sturdy pair of shoes that will stay comfortable. Make sure to pack a pair of sneakers or comfortable slip-ons that’ll hold up just as long as you can.

Leave

Heavy Winter Wear

Even in the snowiest of Washington winters, you won’t need much other than a good winter coat and a cozy light scarf. Leave the gloves and ski clothes at home!

iPad

Business and tech-travelers excluded, there’s no reason to sit inside playing games and scrolling through apps on a visit to DC. Get out and walk the Mall, or visit charming surrounding neighborhoods like Georgetown and DuPont Circle.

Bath Products

Your room at the Capitol Hill Hotel comes stocked with top-of-the-line shower amenities from L’Occitane en Provence. Make some extra room in your suitcase by taking out that travel-size conditioner!