California What to Pack

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California What to Pack

  • Clothes For Layering

    San Francisco What to Pack

    I cannot stress this enough: layer. It's true that San Francisco can be very cold and foggy, and fog often makes way to light rain, so rain jackets are a must 9 months out of the year. However, if you plan on doing a fair amount of walking, you're going to get warm pretty fast, as the hills can be brutal. Good walking shoes with traction are great...

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  • Layers

    Los Angeles What to Pack

    If you are coming during the winter, be prepared for generally, sunny days and cool evenings. The best way to dress is in layers. When it does rain, it is chilly. So be prepared and do bring a warm jacket. When the sun is out, the days are quite comfortable and nice. People on average dress pretty well and when you go to any of the clubs or nice...

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  • Chilly Evenings

    San Diego What to Pack

    Even though San Diego is warm and sunny, it's right on the water and can still get chilly. If you go to the baseball game, bring a blanket or warm clothes! It was a hot and sunny day here, but we were sitting in the shade and freezing because of the breeze. I might just be a big wimp, but I think other people in my group were cold too!

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  • Warm Clothes / Hiking Shoes

    Yosemite National Park What to Pack

    This being one of the top backpacking destinations in the US, a backpack might be a good thing to bring along. There is such a big network of trails, you just couldn't see them all day-hiking so you'll need to carry all your gear...you guessd it, on your back. A day hiking pack is also necessary if you don't plan on backpacking. Even if you're not...

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    Anaheim What to Pack

    Bring a sensible bag with only the necessities. It's a pain making trips to and from the lockers at the main gates or all the way back to your room if you're staying at one of the Resort hotels. We use the lockers when we make a full day trip and want to take extra clothes like a jacket or sweater to wear in the evening. Like many things at...

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  • Sweater / Jacket

    Monterey What to Pack

    if you plan to stay a night or two at the hotel, then bring a light travel bag but you're only here for a day tour, then a small type of bag will do. the weather can change abruptly in monterey, always bring a handy sweater or scarf or a wind breaker so that you are prepared for sudden weather changes but you don't need to bring a water proof...

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  • Heat / Sun Protection

    Death Valley National Park What to Pack

    Should you find yourself visiting Death Valley in the midst of a 120 pluis degree heat wave, be prepared with lightweight clothing, sunscreen, a hat and lots of water. Those opting for the more moderate temperatures in October through May should keep in mind that nights can get pretty chilly. In late November, evening temperatures dropped into the...

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  • Beach Wear / Jacket

    Santa Monica What to Pack

    Again, we're facing the Pacific Ocean, so be prepared for rather chilly weather. It was amazing to see joggers wearing sports tank tops and shorts and out jogging, while i had to be fully clothed! heheheehee... I suppose they're used to the cold winds! Again, buy water from convenience stores or from gas stations. These places tend to be...

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  • Weather Wise

    Long Beach What to Pack

    Take something with wheels - you might do a little walking from where you parked your car. I can't speak for what it's like except for July - I highly recommend bringing a light jacket for the evenings or long sleave top/sweater.

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  • Weather Wise / Casual

    Sacramento What to Pack

    Sacramento like most of California is mostly casual but unlike some of the other tips for this area I don't think running around in shorts and flip-flops in the summer is all you want to do. If you are visiting Old Sacramento or some of the other outdoor venues then its fine but in many restuarants away from the "tourist" areas a little nicer...

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  • First Aid Items

    Joshua Tree National Park What to Pack

    You will want to wear sunscreen at Joshua Tree National Park. Even in the winter, you'll get a lot of sun in the desert. The last thing you want is to end up with a burn. Bring along the bottle so you can re-apply as the day goes on!

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  • Pack Light

    Julian What to Pack

    You're a long way from a bell captain, so it's best to travel light! The weather can be quite variable at all times of year, so bring a variety of clothing and dress in layers to maintain your body temperture. Some sort of head-cover and sunscreen is useful in order to combat the effects of the mid-day sun. Summer months are usually mild, but we...

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  • Clothes for Layering

    California What to Pack

    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...

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  • Sweater / Jacket

    San Francisco What to Pack

    Bring warm clothes with you. San Francisco is located on the water, and even on the hottest summer day, the fog can roll in quickly. When that happens, the wind comes up, and the temperature can plummet as much as 20 degrees in a short time. There's a famous quote that's attributed, mistakenly, to Mark Twain: "The coldest winter I ever spent was...

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  • Sunblock - Sunscreen

    Los Angeles What to Pack

    Sunscreen is very helpful to have especially in the summer but also in the winter, the sun can be a killer too here. Sun shades are good to have in many destinations but especially here in L.A. which has several days of sunshine throughout the year. If you're going to drive on the roads, there are especially helpful to block out the interfering...

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  • Cool / Casual

    San Diego What to Pack

    On the VT Gear website the question is asked, "Ever wonder who you're standing next to?" Well, that is one reason to wear VT gear, but I have another reason. To easily keep track of my grandkids while we are on an adventure! As you can see from the photo, they each have their own style, yet, where ever we were--this time at the San Diego...

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  • Extra Film

    Anaheim What to Pack

    Dress for the season. You'd think it would be warm all the time in southern California, but it can be cool and damp in late May. Therefore, watch the weather report and dress accordingly. Wear comfortable shoes because you're going to do some tall walking. Sunscreen is in order for the summer. 35mm camera (nothing fancy), but please buy your film...

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  • Dress in Layers

    Monterey What to Pack

    Bring a jacket, or be prepared to wear several layers during summer mornings. The summer fog (and wind) can be cold, although it usually burns off by noon. And the water is always cool, so wear a wetsuit if you plan on staying in the water for a long time!

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  • Tripod / Extra Film

    Death Valley National Park What to Pack

    If you are doing a day hike just bring plenty of water!! That is the most important thing to bring. Next you'll want to pack some sun screen lotion, and finally you need to bring enough film for your camera (unless you use digital). You'll find there are more potential photo oppurtunities than film you can carry.

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  • Credit Cards

    Santa Monica What to Pack

    Bring the plastic money baby. But, if you ever get stuck here and happens to be jobless and homeless, Santa Monica City is the only place that welcome homeless people. They provide care, shelther, free FOOD!! etc. But, I advise against it okie :) Sneakers are best but roller blades, skate boards, scooters are kool to be able to move around...

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  • Sun / Rain Protection

    Sacramento What to Pack

    If you're visiting in the summer plan for hot weather. Dress is casual in most places, and shorts and t-shirts are very common. If you're not used to the sun a hat would be a good idea too. Don't forget the sunscreen if you're coming in the summer.

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  • Camera / Photo Equipment

    California What to Pack

    California is a backpacking paradise. With park's like Yosemite and King's Canyon, and long trails running the length of the state, a backpack is something you will want to have with you if you have ever even thought of backcountry travel. Hiking boots should be worn on all trails and trails are something you will find everywhere in the golden...

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  • Dress To Impress

    San Francisco What to Pack

    San Francisco is fortunate to be blessed with a moderate climate... or so it seems! But make no mistake, this is NOT Los Angeles and it is very unlikely that you'll be comfortable in shorts, esp in the summer when morning fogs are legendary! As you can see from the pic below, I packed along nothing but shorts and had to rush to the nearest store...

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    Los Angeles What to Pack

    If your backpacking, keep it light, dont bring along if going into the shops.` Whatever you do, your will end up walking. Do not try to be all stylish like they show on TV, a good pair of runners will do wonders! Remember that you are down south, it rained quite a bit when I was there, but It was still really warm, so if your going in rainy...

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  • UV Ray Protection

    San Diego What to Pack

    Wear sunscreen! San Diego is noted for it's cloudy mornings, especially during May and June. The weather can be warm enough for a trip to the beach, but the sun doesn't burn through the "marine layer" until noon or one o'clock. This condition tricks you into thinking you don't need sunscreen, but you do! Some of the worst sun burns are gotten...

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  • Proper Shoes

    Death Valley National Park What to Pack

    Anything goes so bring whatever suits your style and the type of your trip. Shorts and good comfortable shoes for walking around will be a good idea. Bring a jacekt or something warm for night. Even if it's 110 in the day it will get cold at night. Bring whatever you need because you're a long way from just about everything and this is not a good...

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  • Electric Adaptors / Converters

    California What to Pack

    For 'grounded' plugs, flat blades (see previous tip), but with round grounding pin plug and receptable with side grounding contacts is used (see picture) An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a typical...

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    San Francisco What to Pack

    anything on wheels Comfortable shoes and a fleece pullover sweater. The weather changes frequently and you need to be prepared so bring layers. I fleece sweater will keep you warm and protect you from the fog.

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  • Camping Gear

    Los Angeles What to Pack

    LA is very casual. Dress is even at it's hippest very informal. I haven't worn a tie in years except for a wedding or funeral. I rarely wear a 'sport coat' I often wear shorts to everything but the swankest spots and even still if it's in the beachy part of town, you can pretty much always wear shorts or jeans and shirt. Bring Camping equipment...

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  • Beach Wear

    San Diego What to Pack

    1 small back-pack,or carry-on will do ! - Flip-flop Sandals a must f. the beaches,or just about any where around.- Swimwear.- Aftr. November a wet-suit for Surfers.- Sunglasses.- UV- lotion,etc.-Maybe a visor,or sun-hat.--otherwise T-Shirt + shorts is all you ever need.- No.15 Sun-lotion. A chair f. the beach,or blanket etc.- WATER-BOTTLE,-maybe a...

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  • Suitable Luggage

    California What to Pack

    Baggage depends on what you need. If you plan to camp, well then you dont need to bring the blow dryer, or the curling iron with you. But do try to bring deodorant! That still has an effect on the ecosystem. Family Travel Oh For Heavens sake! Do BRING TOILET PAPER!

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  • Fog / Weather Conditions

    San Francisco What to Pack

    yes, bring a jacket or sweater wherever you go. san francisco has many microclimates, so if you are in one area, let's say the mission, and you go to haight ashbury, i guarantee that you will be cold when the fog rolls in over sutro hill. pack in layers.

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  • Weather Wise

    San Diego What to Pack

    First, let me say that San Diego does in fact have four seasons (granted that it's sunny 95% of the year), so having said that let me provide you with a rough guide as to what to wear while visiting. In the winter, it is highly advisable that you bring an umbrella (it does rain), sweats (as it does get cold) and a warm coat (in addition to your...

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  • Sunscreen / Sun Block

    California What to Pack

    Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen!!!!

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  • Umbrella / Rain Coat

    San Francisco What to Pack

    We bought light rain jackets to bring with us- the ones that fold into themselves, and I had cause to use mine twice during our trip- once on the boat going over the bay to Saulsalito and once on the bus tour going over the golden gate bridge. The wind that comes down through the middle of the bay is COLD!!

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  • Cameras / Laptops

    San Diego What to Pack

    If you haven't a laptop to pack don't worry, you won't have to go into withdrawls! Internet Cafes abound in the whole San Diego area. Check out the Cyber Cafe Locator for the address of one nearest your hotel. Also, you can access the Internet from a public library, the big one is located downtown at: 820 E St., San Diego, CA 92101-6478 Phone...

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  • Film / Photo Equipment

    San Francisco What to Pack

    Bring a sweater or a jacket, as even in August, San Francisco can be quite chilly. Tourists oiften find themselves shivering from the cold when they wear shorts on ferry trips and are forced to buy tacky windbreakers which stand out like easy targets for pickpocketers. Don't leave your shorts at home though- it can get into the 70s (F) in the city...

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  • Maps / Guides

    San Francisco What to Pack

    Apple is extremely visible in San Francisco, although other Silicon Valley giants, like Google, Cisco, HP, and Intel are well represented within the city's wifi and wireless broadband infrastructure. So, if you have one, don't forget to download the apps for MUNI, BART, and any of a number of travel guides for San Francisco listed on iTunes. Only...

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  • S.F. Sights

    San Francisco What to Pack

    You should definately pack a suitcase that has wheels so you can easily manuever around with it. Depending on what type of transporation you take from the airport this could be very important. If you take the Bart Rail, this would indeed make it easier for you. Def bring comfortable shoes for walking. It's a city so while exploring most people do...

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  • many terrains means many necessities

    California is a backpacking paradise. With park's like Yosemite and King's Canyon, and long trails running the length of the state, a backpack is something you will want to have with you if you have ever even thought of backcountry travel. Hiking boots should be worn on all trails and trails are something you will find everywhere in the golden...

    more
  • Electricity

    For 'grounded' plugs, flat blades (see previous tip), but with round grounding pin plug and receptable with side grounding contacts is used (see picture)An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a typical...

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  • Electricity

    In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system the USA uses : 120 volts and 60 Hz. It is a flat blade attachment plug (see picture)The two-blade plugs are often polarized, with one blade larger than the other. Most outlets are designed to handle these. The larger blade is the neutral side of the current. This is...

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  • Be prepared for all types of weather

    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...

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  • Binoculars for Ocean Wildlife

    A day pack to haul around binoculars, cameras & maps. 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. You can get it all in California. Bring whatever you have. A disposable panoramic camera comes in...

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  • Burning the local wood is prohibited

    Think of it you are in the desert, so before getting to one of the camping area's, you need to find or buy your own wood to burn

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