Santa Barbara What to Pack

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    Dress for the Weather

    by nkhong Written Jan 13, 2011

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Santa Barbara, like the rest of Southern California is cool during the winter months and sunny and warm during the summer. Santa Barbara is a fairly laid back small city. If you are planning to do site seeing, pack casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a light jacket or sweater for cool summer evenings. For winter, best to layer as daytime can be warm if the sun is out, however in the shade or if it is windy, it can get pretty chilly.

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    Some Things You Should Bring

    by sisterthyme Written Mar 6, 2010

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're visiting in late spring, summer, or early fall be sure to bring light, cool clothing. It very rarely get unbearably hot, but you'll be much more comfortable if you don't wear heavy clothing. Sandals and/or open-toed shoes are a very common and comfortable footwear during the warmer months, so I suggest you bring some. Also, you may want to bring a pair of sunglasses. The sun can get unusually glaring even during the winter. If you're visiting in late fall, winter, or early spring, be sure to bring a reasonably warm coat (preferably something you wouldn't mind being rained on), as well as an umbrella. Closed-toe shoes and/or boots will also help during this time. Just because it's Southern California doesn't mean it doesn't rain hard! If you're going to be doing more outdoorsy activities (such as hiking or bicycling), be sure to bring some tennis shoes.

    Miscellaneous: Bring suntan lotion if you intend to be out in the sun during summer or late spring.

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    getting out of uniform

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 11, 2009

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    Ernst works some wonders with the camera

    Luggage and bags: Nice to not carry anything but a camera for three whole days!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nice to wear some civilian clothes rather than the desert whites we'd been wearing for months.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle is essential for getting good shots of buildings in towns and a good zoom really helps with shots of humming birds.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Nice to not have to set up the tent for three whole days!

    Miscellaneous: Looks like Ernst learned something at The Brooks Institute. He even makes me look good in this shot. D, well, she always looks great.

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    Travel ight!

    by Jerelis Written Feb 23, 2006
    Here we go ...

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: None :-)

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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    Mild Weather

    by trvlnurse Written Oct 26, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember that the temperature within the day varies by 20 to 30+ degrees F., sunny days are warm enough for swim/summer wear but the evenings cool off enough to require a jacket or sweater. Inland and the foothills get quite a bit warmer than the coast- 10 to 20 degrees warmer and foggy days on the coast can be quite cool but the sun may appear any moment. Best advice for any outing is to layer or bring layers. It is not uncommon to for the day to begin at 50 degrees and by afternoon the temp is 80 degrees F. I am told , Santa Barbara weather is consistent year round.

    http://santabarbaraca.areaguides.net/weather.html

    Photo Equipment: It is a given that one will want pictures of this scenic travel destination.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen and a hat is a must. Swimwear for the beach (unless you are going to the nude beach) and a wet suit if you are planning to enter the water(unless you are a penguin).

    Miscellaneous: Lots of walking and hiking are possible so bring comfortable shoes.

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  • Packing List

    by OceanMan Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Backpack is prretty much all you will need around town.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts and T-shirts 90% of the year. A rain jacket for the odd times. Levis I suppose. Flip Flops for sure.(AKA Sandals)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Humm Prescribed meds I suppose for ease of access. Everything else we have..:)

    Photo Equipment: Anything you feel like hauling around.. I personally usually use disposables.:)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Towls, Charcoal, Beach Blankets, Sunscreen, You know the usual..:)

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