Clothes for Layering, California
Okay, I admit it, I love the snow, LOL. I was supposed to be on a summer vacation, and it looked like summer in the morning... so I can't help it that I am wearing a miniskirt and sandels, now can I? hahaha, but the sight of snow I just couldn't stand the temptation and I had to throw a snowball. Yes.... it was cold on my feet, all the snow creeping in my shoes, but it was fun!!!
Hahaha, this picture does show though how unexpected the weather can be when you are on a roundtrip like this. One day you can be in a super hot place like Death Valley, and the next you can drive through the snow in the mountains. The best thing to do is dress in layers, so you can easily adjust to the weather you encounter.
Luggage and bags:
A day pack to haul around binoculars, cameras & maps.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring clothing to be worn in layers while exploring the Central Coast. Mornings can be foggy and cool in winter and spring but it heats up in the afternoon. And good hiking shoes for exploring.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get it all in California.
Photo Equipment: Bring whatever you have. A disposable panoramic camera comes in handy for those wide angle coastal views.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A cooler filled with snacks and beverages keeps the crew happy on a long road trip. Binoculars are a must to focus in on blow spouts when the whales are migrating and watching offshore otters feasting.
Luggage and bags:
Get a map if you are not with any tour group. (If you are AAA member, they provide free maps & tourbooks for anywhere in USA & Canada)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going to the beaches to see sunset, please remember to bring some thick clothings; it can really gets very cold when the sun is gone - the wind is very chilly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Moisturizer & lip balm are recommended for protection against cold and dryness.
Miscellaneous: It is a good idea to carry some water with you while touring around (fill an empty coke bottle with plain water from the motel or hotel you stay) - drinking lots of water will prevent you from getting sick easily.
For San Diego:casual
Sequioa Park: casual to rugged depending on your activity there and the season.In the winter dress for cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For the Sequoia trip I got a little motion sickness from the several haripin turns.That was the only time I was ever bothered with it.Dramamine may be handy to have with you because it is a winding road to the top.
Luggage and bags:
pack just a bit of everything. it's really depend where in california you are. it could be very cold and fogy. it could be very hot and humid. but you can always buy clothings in different pricess.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weathern in California is very pleasant just about any time of the year, but the evenings can get pretty chilly-even in July. If you visit California make sure to bring a light jacket or sweater in case the temperature drops after the sun sets---especially on the coast.
Luggage and bags: Warm weather clothes are best in the summer through November, but June can be quite chilly at times in southern California. Evenings usually require a sweater or lightweight jacket most months of the year.
Winter tends to be in the 70's in the daytime, and can get down into the 30's at night. Summer often is around 110-115 daytime, and 70's to 80's at night. So dress accordingly.
San Francisco is pretty uniform year round...60's daytime. Best chances for hot days are in May, late August through early October (don't ask me why June and July are cooler, but from my years living there, they just are).
The climate in California is just perfect I've heard - not too hot in the summer, not too cold in winter. I only went there in winter and the weather was very mild, up to 20°C sometimes and sunny, so I didn't need a lot of heavy winter gear, only a warm sweater sometimes. Be careful with San Francisco though, it's very windy there and often foggy.
Miscellaneous: You don't need to take everything from home - in America you can get EVERYTHING ANYTIME! - but bear in mind, that the Bay Area is among the richest and most expensive parts of the States and if you come from abroad and have a bad exchange rate for your 'home' currency it's even more expensive, so better take everything you need with you! I would have bought a new computer from e-bay (silicon valley!) if I would have had the money, but I didn't...
(This pic is from San Francisco - the Embarcadero at night)