Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Luggage and bags:
sand at the beach gets EVERYWHERE in your stuff...be smart
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Temps change fast and often on the central Coast...dress in layers
Photo Equipment: Film is expensive here, buy it at home or get a digital camera anyway
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sure its a beach but its a Northern california beach...and that means cold and windy more often than not. I've seen parents bringing toddlers in swimming suits for 59 degrees and foggy.
Miscellaneous: If your walking on the beach and get splashed...its gonna be cold...have a change of clothes ready in you car..at least sox and shoes
Carmel-by-the-Sea is fortunate to be blessed with a moderate (temperate) climate.... But make no mistake, this is NOT Los Angeles and it is unlikely that you'll be really comfortable in shorts, especially in the summer..... when morning fogs are legendary!! So, bearing this in mind, besides packing your usual clothings, REMEMBER to also bring along a thicker jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: DON'T forget to transfer all your toner, cleanser, night cream et al into small plastic containers - to save luggage space.
Photo Equipment: I usually bring along TWO/ THREE types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.
So, the cameras that I'd bring are:
the Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens) which comes in silver metallic color. I usually use this camera for day photography.
the Pentax 150 Zoom which I use for places that does not allow flash photography.
the ultra-small Canon IXUS Zoom camera - smaller than the size of my palm (and it comes in a snazzy metallic silver shade). You can even hang this camera around your neck; frankly, it looks pretty cool this way too! This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used. And when it comes to having the photos developed, most photo processing centers take at least ONE WEEK to have my photos developed! So, this is my only gripe i.e. I can't expect to have my photos developed within 24 hours. Sigh.
Miscellaneous: DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into American dollars before your trip.
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange', 'Maestro' etc on it?
If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in U.S.A., no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
If you use this method, you'd also save alot on the interbank exchange rates. Why? Because you're using your OWN money. DO NOT withdraw from your Visa/ Mastercard account(s) because that would be treated as a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a hefty fee!!
And if you change your local currency into American dollars via a money changer, you will also be charged much, much more (by them) compared to a bank. Really.
I've actually used this method several times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... Yes, even at the remotest village in Africa! :-)) I promise.
Pic Below: A Map. See whether you can find where Carmel-by-the-Sea is located. Your prize for guessing correctly? A pat on the back from yours truly! :-))
'All the above is, of course, a gross simplification. There are deeper reasons to travel - itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we're doing there.' - Jeff Greenwald 'Shopping for Buddhas'
This was my story about my trip to the Carmel. I hoped you enjoyed reading it! This page is part of my roundtrip through the USA. I made an awesome trip through the Western part of the USA. Take a look at my USA page to read about the rest of this roundtrip.
I devided this travelstory into several chapters. My previous and next chapter are :
Previous page : Monterey
Next page : San Simeon
Northern California tends to have rather cold weather, regardless of the time of year!!! Expect heavy fog during the summer months of June-early Sept. Layering is best!
Photo Equipment: Great little photo and camera stores throughout the town - I'm sure they're a bit pricey, but then again, so is the whole town of Carmel....
Bring layers and a warm jacket, as the weather is changeable. It can be sunny and warm midday and turn cold and windy by dinnertime. I'm almost always cold when I go to Carmel, but this time I was prepared -- sweater, scarf, thick hooded jacket -- and I was fine.
Miscellaneous: If you're planning to walk around at night, bring a small pocket flashlight. Some of the side streets can get dark, and the pavement can be uneven.
Luggage and bags:
unless you would check in at a local inn or motel, then you don't a big luggage, a messenger bag for the boys will do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: weather in Carmel and the Nearby Monterey, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove Area can change one minute after another. Although it almost never rains in California, there can be an occasional slight drizzle occuring so have your umbrellas and water proofed jackets handy. Also it becomes cold one hour and hot on the other so having extra layers of clothing available for this eventuality.
Photo Equipment: bring your usual photographic gear, tripod, video cam and lots of extra batteries and extra SD or Mini SD cards handy.
Miscellaneous: Have fun while going in and around the Carmel By the Sea Area