Photo Equipment: 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 in San Francisco has a long list of great apps for finding restaurants, museums, and a whole host of other commercial activities specific to San Francisco. Of course, your iphone also provides an easy way to capture stills and videos. The San Francisco Chronicle is available for Kindle, iPhone, and iPad, and SFGate.com and other similar activity websites have mobile versions of their websites. Naturally, wifi is mostly free and easy to find all over the city, and the latest generation of wireless broadband comes first to San Francisco.
Mapeasy's Guidemap to San Francisco was an excellent source for navigating the streets to the sights. It was easy to read and the major landmarks were enlarged and highlighted, with helpful hints, as well as, noting popular restaurants and shops.
We would definitely recommend this unique guidemap! The map cost $6.95 U.S. (ISBN-13-978-1-8789-7-9049)
Miscellaneous: Probably the best map of the City there is - the SF Municipal Transit District (or MUNI) map is available at all bookstores and most corner markets for about $2.50. It shows all streets, parks, most tourist attractions, and, of course, the bus, subway and cable car routes - along with timetables and fare information. About the only thing it doesn't show is the freeway exit numbers. Indispensable.
If you are going to spend a few days in a city where there is so many things to do, buying a guide is a huge time saving,....
I have been using the DK Eyewitness Travel guide and I don't regreat it. It was pretty well done, lots of pictures, organised by the different geographical areas with maps, lots of practical tips about the local habits, restaurants, pubs, ...
Good or bad there was no ranking amongst the different things to do, it is not always obvious to prioritise what you want to see...
The only drawback: it has ben written in 1999, you will have to browse VT to get the latest update...
Check the link below to have a look inside this book...
Luggage and bags:
Something with wheels, and with some type of rain resistent fiber or a plastic cover, a lock, and your first initial and last name, put your company's address, or a P.O. Box, never put you home address, just in case you luggage falls into the wrong hands.
Make you luggage easy to identify by you, such a a coloured scarf or strap.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: weather patterns here change frequently. a hot day, becomes cold and wind afternoon, a rainy morning becomes a cool, somewhat sunny afternoon, and rainy evening again, get the picture?
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Almost anything can be purchased at your local corner store, there are drug stores too, don't buy anything from a hotel store as, their prices are always higher for no apparent reason.
Photo Equipment: we use a 120volt system, our outlets accept plugs with two flat prongs, if your's has an additional groung piece, most hotels are equipped for this too, you can get international adapters too, no problem.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: assume everything is possible with the exception of snow, depending where you're camping, there aren't any campgrounds in san francisco though, check for the GGNRA = golden gate national recreation area.
Miscellaneous: a plastic coated quick reference map, if you have any long term medical conditions, get a letter from your doctor describing what treatment you're getting, medications, and that is about it.
A warm jacket, long pants and sunglasses, an umbrella is optional, most hotel lobbies have them available.
Miscellaneous: A good attitude, and a map.