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Luggage and bags: A backpack makes using San Francisco's extensive mass transit system much easier. As with any transit system, you're not left off right at your hotel/hostel so getting from your drop off point to where you want to go is greatly facilitated.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable as well as well broken in shoes are a must. D bought new ones before the trip and paid dearly after a few days of tackling San Fran's considerable hills. Dress in layers as the weather is highly changeable.
Photo Equipment: Wish I had my old wide angle with me. I lost parts of the bridge on numerous occasions.
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Luggage and bags: A small day pack to carry your layers of clothing in and bottled water.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes because you'll be walking ALOT.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Get a light weight waterproof shell. I use mine nearly everyday here. Also a hoodie will come in handy.
Miscellaneous: Umbrella if you don't have some sort of rain coat already
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Luggage and bags: anything on wheels
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to wear good shoes if you decide to walk. I don't think one really apreciates hilly urban terrain until one has hiked the hills of SF! A sweater is a must too, even in summer. The fog is just amazing and shouldn't be underestimated!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Screen. That may seem like a duh, but SF is foggy a lot and you can still get burnt.
Luggage and bags: Sneakers ! and a jacket for night.... I went in May and did not have sneakers, but had mules( sandals) and when we went to dinner and had to walk , my feet were in pain! I wished I had sneakers because a lot of walking is necessary and its hard to find parking spots.
also a jacket for the evening....it could be really warm in daytime and really really chilly at night....
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Luggage and bags: Do not bring a lot of baggage. You do not want to be walking up a steep hill lugging heavy baggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your most comfortable walking shoes/sneakers. Very hilly and only a fool would wear uncomfortable shoes. Have a small umbrella because it often rains or is misty. Windy too so a windbreaker is very useful.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack for multiple climates. San Francisco has micro cimates within the city. While it can be warm and balmy east of Twin Peaks it can be cold and damp west of the sane location! If you visit during the summer this is especially true. The temperatures can and do vary by as much as 15-20 degrees. And when you go outside the city the temperatures rise by 20 to 30 degrees or more.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swiming at Ocean Beach not recommended. Rip tides and undertows are usual. Water temperature quite chilly even in the bay. There is good sailing and wind surfing and even surfing if you go further south.
Parasailing can be done at Fort Funston,
rolerblading, bycycling and even skateboarding in Golden Gate Park. Equipment rentals available. Traffic along JFK Dr. and the Concourse aria restricted on Sundays to people powered wheels.
Miscellaneous: Bring good walking shoes and be prepared for hills.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring comfortable shoes--you'll be walking all the time. Also bring a jacket. Especially in the summer which is sometimes colder than the winter! An umbrella is safe to have also.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring hiking shoes so you can enjoy Mt. Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater or jacket. San Francisco can be chilly when the fog rolls in--even in summer when L.A. will be swealtering in the heat. Mark Twain said the coldest winter he ever recalls was a summer in San Franciso. He was joking, but you understand what he meant when you walk through the hills or a breeze and fog roll in from the bay.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: it is MUCH colder than we thought... you need a long sleeved shirt, and pants. plus, we got very sunburned from walking around... i would recommend a hat and comfortable shoes.
Photo Equipment: film and batteries are extermely available, but a long range lense is great... we were able to use that to see some of the sites better than through the telescopes if yo uhave a good camera!
Miscellaneous: COMFORTABLE shoes! it's very hilly
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather can change from one minute to the next. Warm clothing advisable if you take a cruise. If you intend walking take a strong pair of shoes. Don't forget that San Francisco is very hilly
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you venture down to the 'Stinking Rose' Restaurant - make sure you have a good supply of breath freshener
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring shoes that you have walked long distances in and know that they are comfortable. Unless you plan on being chauffered everywhere, you will undoubtedly run into one of our famous hills and find no way to get around it. There is only walking up and up and up some more, then down down down. Some of these mountainous walks have steps notched into the sidewalks to make traversing a bit easier... but not all by any means.
Luggage and bags: Taking a daypack is desirable for convenience in daytrip exploring, shopping, etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Invest in a comfy pair/pairs of walking shoes. Pack your hiking boots if you're ambitious enough to tackle Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, or Marin Headlands. Always, pack a multi-use jacket...it gets chilly here at night and cloaks you in that romantic fog.
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