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17 Top Dallas Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

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Dallas is a thriving city in northern Texas that boasts sprawling skylines, bustling shopping centers, and a massive network of restaurants. You’ll also find a large cultural sector, hopping nightlife, and an exciting music scene. The city is very much a large metropolis and is known for its diversity, which we love. After all, they say everything is bigger (and perhaps better) in Texas!

Dallas has variable seasons throughout the year, so the weather, and therefore your packing list, may differ depending on when you go. Below you’ll find a list of our go-to packing items, how to dress for Dallas during different times of the year, and answers to helpful FAQs.

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What to Pack for Dallas – 17 Essentials

  • 1. Packing Cubes

    Whether it’s an international trip or just domestic, I never travel without these packing cubes. I started using them just a couple of years ago, and my life has forever changed for the better. If you value organization or just the ability to stuff more things into a small suitcase, then grab yourself a set of these. They are a travel game-changer!

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  • 2. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    I use a VPN all the time when traveling. They’re great when connected to public wifi networks in cafes, hotels, or restaurants because they keep your computer and private information secure from potential hackers. With the amount of personal and work-related information we have on our devices, it’s best to make sure strangers can’t access any of it. NordVPN offers an excellent and affordable service that we’ve been using and loving for years now.


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  • 3. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

    These are a must whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically. I always travel with at least a pair of luggage locks. If you’re checking a bag, you’ll definitely need one. I also always like to have a lock on my carry-on just in case it gets checked at the gate last minute. This set comes with two tough, yet lightweight combination locks that are TSA-approved and will keep any thieves out of your belongings.

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  • 4. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    Having a hanging toiletry bag is such a nice feature when you’re moving from new bathroom to new bathroom. I love how this one makes all of my items super accessible without the need to dig around and hunt for something like in a standard toiletry bag.

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  • 5. Cooling Towels

    Like I said, Dallas can get really hot in the summer. You may want to pack this cooling towel set to have on hand if you need it. It’s woven with premium microfiber to provide you with an immediate cooling effect when dunked in water. Whether you’re suntanning at a lake or just hanging out at a park, if you start to heat up, this could be a great option to help you cool down.

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  • 6. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    This is a no-brainer. In today’s age, we all have phones, laptops, and other electronics that always need a charge. This portable charger can be easily packed into a day pack or even a purse. Don’t be caught in the red with your battery dipping below 10%!

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  • 7. Neck Wallet

    I usually favor this neck wallet when walking around an international city, but the same principles apply here, even in the U.S. If you’re going to be in a crowded area, you just don’t want to risk any valuables getting stolen. This neck wallet securely keeps things like credit cards and IDs hidden beneath your shirt. You’re the only one who will know it’s there, and it essentially eliminates the risk of getting pick-pocketed.

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  • 8. Day Pack

    Anytime I’m traveling or just exploring a new city, I always bring a day pack. This one is the perfect size to bring some water, snacks, a camera, and even a light jacket. You’ll also have some extra space for any souvenirs that you pick up. I really like how compact this one is when it’s empty. It easily packs away in your luggage without taking up hardly any space.

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  • 9. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    This may seem a bit off, considering Dallas’ hot, sunny weather. It’s important to know that if you visit in the spring, you’ll likely encounter your fair share of rain. In fact, the month of May can receive an average of five inches of rain! This windproof travel umbrella is compact and built solidly to withstand even extreme storms.


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  • 10. Sun Hat

    If you’re visiting Dallas during the summer months, expect to get a lot of sun. I love a hat like this that is light and easy to pack and will provide you with some much-needed shade for your eyes. You can dress it up or down depending on your activity which makes it super versatile too.

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  • 11. Light Rain Jacket

    Again, if you’re visiting in the winter or spring, you’ll definitely want a rain jacket. This one is lightweight but still super insulating. It’s also very packable and will condense down quite nicely in order to save that coveted space in your suitcase! You’ll barely know it’s there, whether in your main luggage or your day pack, but you’ll be so glad you had it if you’re caught in a rain storm.


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  • 12. Waterproof Shoes

    The rain shouldn’t ever stop you from walking around and exploring a new city. If visiting during the rainier months, bring a good pair of waterproof shoes or boots. I like these ones because they’re low profile and don’t look too clunky. They’re also really comfy and functional, which is a big plus.

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  • 13. Aloe Vera Gel

    You only need to learn once what it feels like to have raw, stinging skin after a sun burn. Even if you don’t get burnt, slapping on some soothing aloe vera gel may be the very thing you need to calm your skin after a day in the Dallas sun. This brand is organic, plus its small packaging makes it easy to bring along in a purse or day pack.

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  • 14. Deodorant Wipes

    When you’re on the go, especially in a place that can get as hot as Dallas, staying fresh is important. Exploring a new city often means long days out and you may not get the chance to shower before a nice dinner out. I always carry deodorant wipes in my bag so that I can freshen up throughout the day without having to slow down and go back to the hotel room. These are perfect for helping me feel clean even on the longest days.

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  • 15. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    This is a great item to have with you, especially if you’re visiting during Dallas’ hot summer months. It’s super compactable and easily dries after a swim. You won’t have to wait long for it to dry in order to pack it up again for your next water adventure!

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  • 16. Travel Insurance

    If you’re traveling more than 100 miles from home, then travel insurance is definitely worth looking into. You can be covered in case of any accidents, illnesses, cancellations, or theft during your travels. We use to compare plans from all of the top companies to find the best coverage for each of our trips. Having travel insurance is the smartest thing you can take on any trip.

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  • 17. Universal Travel Adapter

    Even when I travel within the United States, I like to bring a travel adapter along. I always take this one in particular because I like how the two extra USB ports let me charge multiple appliances at the same time. Plus, the built-in fuse protector gives me peace of mind that my devices will be protected in case of any electrical issues I may encounter at a hotel or Airbnb that is out of my control.

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What to Wear in Dallas

Dallas has a lot to offer in a lot of different ways. For that reason, we recommend bringing a variety of different items of clothing to accommodate different activities. This can also vary greatly depending on what time of year you are traveling to Dallas!

I’d be sure to pack some casual, athletic clothing that is easy to move in and comfortable. But if you’re interested in going to an art show or even just out to dinner, a nice evening outfit would also be recommended. Just remember that if you’re coming during the winter months, bring some layers.

What WOMEN Should Wear in Dallas? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

You can’t go wrong with some casual outfits that include leggings, a denim jacket, and a T-shirt if you’re out exploring the city or meeting up for lunch with friends. If you’re attending an event or have plans for some fancy dining, you’ll definitely want that dressier attire, too. Even if you aren’t traveling in the middle of winter, you may still want to bring a light sweater or cardigan if checking out the city in the Spring or Fall.

What MEN Should Wear in Dallas? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

Similarly to women’s clothing, guys will want some casual outfits and some nicer ones as well if they plan on going out. You’ll fit right in with some denim and a T-shirt or flannel. If you want to go to an art gallery, for example, bring a nicer button-down and some khakis.

Dressing for the Seasons in Dallas

SPRING – March, April, May

Spring is very pleasant in Dallas, with average temperatures hanging out in the 70s and 80s degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll often find these months a bit rainier, but don’t let that stop you! You’ll want your warm-weather outfits, so be sure to bring some shorts, sandals, and a light denim jacket. Because you may encounter more rain this time of year, we also suggest packing a rain jacket.

SUMMER – June, July, August

The summers here can be hot, humid, and sometimes even stifling! You’ll find temps in the mid-90s, but high humidity levels make it feel much hotter. Despite this, summer is a peek time for visitors to come to Dallas. You’ll definitely want your swimsuit along with all other hot-weather outfits (e.g., sandals, shorts, tank tops, etc.). I still would bring a light cardigan for the evening… just in case it cools down.

FALL – September, October, November

Fall temperatures will drop back into the pleasant 70s and 80s, and the summer crowds will disappear. By November, you’ll likely see the thermometer drop to the 60s, and the air becomes so fresh and pleasant. There are lots of outdoor festivals and fairs this time of year, so bring your light sweater, some good shoes, and a pair of jeans to welcome back the fall weather.

WINTER – December, January, February

You’ll most commonly see temperatures dip into the 50s this time of year, but an occasional snowfall with temps below freezing isn’t unheard of. This is the time to bring those boots, long pants, and sweaters. Layers are key this time of year in case it’s 35 degrees Fahrenheit one day but 55 the next!

Dressing Appropriately for the Activity in Dallas – (Click to expand)

Dinner out: Dallas has some of the best restaurants in the U.S. You can really make this as casual or as fancy as you’d like. I personally like to take at least one night whenever I’m in a new city and get dressed up for a nice dinner out. Pair your evening dress with some fancy wedges, and bring a light cardigan in case your get cold.

Jazz Festival: The fall plays host to many outdoor festivals. Attending a jazz festival in a park is a lovely thing to do in Dallas. Most people tend to dress casually for this, especially if you’re just bringing a blanket to lay on. Others will opt to dress a little fancier for it. Whether you choose to wear a cute blouse or a comfy T-shirt, you’ll undoubtedly have an enjoyable evening listening to talented musicians.

Botanical Garden: Dallas has a great botanical garden. If you’re looking for a break from the city vibes, meander through these lush and tranquil gardens. No dress code here whatsoever, so we’d recommend some good walking shoes and whatever you’re most comfortable in – whether that be a denim jacket or a maxi dress.

What NOT to Bring to Dallas

  • 1.DON’T Bring Heavy Books

    Don’t lug around heavy books when the only time you’re likely to read are the two days you’ll be spending in the airport. Pack light and just download your favorite ready on your phone or Kindle.

  • 2.DON’T Bring Winter Jackets

    If you didn’t notice by the different seasons in Dallas, it doesn’t usually drop below 50 degrees even in the winter. If you run cold, you could certainly bring a jacket with you if visiting in December, but I really never needed a heavy, winter coat while I visited.

  • 3.DON’T Bring Wool Socks

    Wool socks are so nice to have… when you’re in a super cold, snowy destination. That is not the case for Dallas! They can be quite bulky though, so even in winter here, you really don’t need them.

  • 4.DON’T Bring Rain Boots

    You’ll get some rain when visiting in the spring, but don’t expect anything like if you were visiting Seattle. I think rain boots would be a bit excessive but a solid pair of waterproof shoes like the ones mentioned above are a useful multipurpose shoe to bring along.

  • 5.DON’T Bring a Hair Dryer

    Hair dryers also take up a lot of space, and most hotels and Airbnb will have their own. I can’t remember the last time I showed up to one of my accommodations, and they didn’t have a hair dryer.

  • 6.DON’T Bring Multiple, Large Suitcases

    The biggest regret from my earlier travels is overpacking and then having to haul around multiple suitcases. It just isn’t worth it! Everything is easier if you just pack lighter.

FAQs about Visiting Dallas

  • 1. Does Dallas have its own airport?

    Does Dallas have its own airport?

    Yes, it’s called Dallas-Fort Worth (DWF). This airport has many domestic connections to other cities around the U.S., so it’s quite easy to find a direct flight here.

    DFW is also a major international airport, so if you don’t live in the U.S., reaching Dallas is usually still pretty easy if you’re coming from other major cities in Europe and South America.

  • 2. Is Dallas expensive?

    Actually, it really isn’t too bad! General cost of living is less than in many other cities in the United States. Entertainment (e.g., concerts, movies, etc.) will be pretty standard as you would see anywhere, but I have found that expenses at both grocery stores and restaurants aren’t as pricy as in other parts of the country.

  • 3. What is the best time of year to visit?

    What is the best time of year to visit?

    I personally think fall is the best time to visit. The weather is pleasant, and you miss the summer crowds. Plus, there are many different festivals and fairs going on this time of year.

    Winters aren’t too extreme, but you won’t find as many festivals and other activities to do this time of year. I would avoid summer at all costs unless you like intense heat and humidity.

  • 4. Where should I stay in Dallas?

    If it’s your first time in Dallas, then I would suggest staying right in the downtown area that is closest to restaurants, shops, and cultural events. You’ll also be able to connect easily with other areas in Dallas because of your central location. If you’re trying to find cheaper accommodations, try looking just 15 or 20 minutes outside of the central downtown district.

  • 5. Is Dallas a walkable city?

    Is Dallas a walkable city?

    Some neighborhoods may be more walkable than others, but in general, Dallas isn’t a super walkable city. The city has amazing public transport and other private transport (like Uber), so I have never found it hard to get around despite not being very walkable. You can always rent a car as well if you plan on exploring more than just the city center.

  • 6. Is Dallas safe?

    In general, Dallas is pretty safe. It’s a large city, so crime does happen, but if you use good common sense and safety judgment, then you shouldn’t be worried. And as always, use more caution at night. Walk with a group, conceal any valuables, and just stay alert to your surroundings.

  • 7. How long should I spend in Dallas?

    How long should I spend in Dallas?

    I think three days is plenty to see what you want and to get a taste of the city. If you’re wanting more than just “a taste,” I have friends who have found plenty to do for 5-7 days.

    I personally prefer to move around a bit more so I can see more of the area while I’m there. Remember, if you find that you need more time, you can always come back!