What to pack for San Diego

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    Hiking boots

    by tampa_shawn Written Nov 11, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: San Diego is set up on a mesa and the town itself and the development is on top of the mesa and the canyons are left undeveloped. This means that their are great hiking spots everywhere, and the ground is rocky and uneven. So consider bringing a pair of hiking boots or at the very least a good pair of tennis shoes.

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    Hiking boots

    by tampa_shawn Written Nov 11, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: San Diego is set up on a mesa and the town itself and the development is on top of the mesa and the canyons are left undeveloped. This means that their are great hiking spots everywhere, and the ground is rocky and uneven. So consider bringing a pair of hiking boots or at the very least a good pair of tennis shoes.

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    Comfort Food

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: It's always a good idea to bring comfort food with you. Though San Diego has plenty of choices at restaurants and grocery stores, you will probably notice that our French Bread, English Breakfast Tea or our Soy Sauce doesn't taste the same as they do in their original countries. So, if there is an item of food that you will severly miss from home, bring it with.

    If that first cup of coffee or tea is important and you've forgotten to bring your own, try stopping at Pannikin Coffee, Tea & Spices, my favorite shop to buy coffees teas and spices. The only place I can find Russian tea, which may not taste the same as in Russia, but I like it.

    Throughout San Diego there are shops/restaurants that offer food/ingredients from many different countries, It might be fun trying to find one that will have the item you want.

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    coastal city

    by serenazulle Written Jun 27, 2009

    Luggage and bags: 21" roller or whatever...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: it's average of 70 degrees year round. comfy wear... shorts a must. flip flops and sport shoes. light sweater or a wind breaker for the occasional rain shower.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen a must.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: i suppose if you're driving bring it all... because san diego has it all. (coronado, la jolla, fiesta island, julian, corral canyon...)

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    Flip Flops - standard SD footwear! And a sweater..

    by pacific_sol Updated Aug 15, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip Flops or Thongs, whatever you call them, are very popular in San Diego, as are any other comfortable open toed shoes or sandals. I wouldn't wear them out to a fancy dinner but they are essential everyday shoes for many people (myself included!) for most of the year (we do tend to wear actual shoes during the wintertime). I would also bring a light sweater if you're visiting anytime from Spring through the Fall as nights can get a little chilly, even during the summertime (unless we're in the midst of a heat wave of course). During the winter, sturdier jackets and sweatshirts usually suffice for keeping you warm, but we do get weather requiring gloves and scarves deep into the wintertime.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring your sunscreen to sunny San Diego! Of course, if you forget any essentials, there's lots of places to buy from, from supermarkets to pharmacies.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I would recommend bringing a beach towel, or buying one when you get here if you forget - I always travel with one no matter where I go, and it's very versatile.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget sunglasses, a must to keep the bright sun out of your eyes.

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    O' Mr.Sun

    by nick723 Written Aug 4, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Think smarter not harder, pack light because most CA hotels,malls, and airports are in outdoorlike settings!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ok your'e thinking Sunny CA, right, well that's true in the day time hours, but night time could get a bit chilly when Mr. Sun go's to bed! pack at least one sweater/light jacket for this trip.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of high spf sunscreen, all thought 70s to 80s are normal temps the sun rays will cook you like a lobtster!

    Photo Equipment: Bring your own camra or buy disposable ones at home, b-cus cost of living is high in san diego and even highier around tourist spots, so if you need buy photo supplies on your'e trip you mite want to go off the beaten path to save a few buck$!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: backpacks, fanniepacks, neckstraps, and waterproof cases are all good ideas went heading to play in the sand!

    Miscellaneous: Don't carry large amounts of money! thiers alot of homeless and baggers in the big city, also lock carsdoors and if you visit mexico and drive buy mexician car insurnice. there's alot of bad charaters across the broader. I've hear too many true stories!

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    Packing List

    by yeah_baby Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: ...wanna-boogie link

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    by dalestar Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: At the San Diego State Aztecs vs. Miami Hurricanes game with my homey Nay when NFL MVP Marshall Faulk played against Heismann Trophy Winner Gino Torreta.

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What to pack is up to each person to decide. San Diego is a metropolitan city with a small town feel. The weather is moderate and the beach plays a big role for tourists. So, bring something nice...
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