To Better Understand the Area, Read These Books
Luggage and bags: Not really for packing, but great background before you go to the Savannah area:
Eugenia Price's Historical Novels:
1. Savannah Quartet
b. To See Your Face Again
c. Before The Darkness Falls
d. Stranger in Savannah
2. Georgia Trilogy
a. Bright Captivity
b. Where Shadows Go
c. Beauty From Ashes
3. St. Simmons Trilogy
b. New Moon Rising
c.The Beloved Invader
Although these are novels, Ms Price gives her characters a well-documented historical background
The book that "put Savannah on the map!".
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
"This is the story of Jim Williams, a socialite antique dealer accused of killing a local tough named Danny Hansford. Although it's a murder mystery, the appeal of the book is its portrait of Savannah's hedonistic aristocrats and flamboyant ne'er do wells"
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go in the summer, I advice wearing cotton. It is so hot and so humid that regardless, you will sweat!
Photo Equipment: Because Savannah is such a lovely city, it is imperative to have your camera "at the ready"!
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Casual and relaxed :)
Luggage and bags: Tourists often carry backpacks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter: You'll probably need a coat (or at least a warm jacket) - bring clothes that layer well. It can get really cold, but the weather is very unpredictable.
Autumn: Jeans and a light jacket or sweater will do. You'll probably want to bring a few short sleeved shirts also... again, layering.
Spring & Summer: Shorts and tank tops/short sleeve shirts are ideal. Even in the summer though, you might want to bring a sweater/light jacket - with the boiling temps outside, restaurant managers turn the air to freezing!
Shoes: Bring your most comfortable pair! A lot of bars/restaurants are casual, so don't worry too much about dressing up (unless you just want to!) If you're wearing a casual dress/skirt, wear flipflops/sandles instead of heels.
Hat/Scarf/Etc: It's very humid during Spring/Summer... you might want to bring something if your hair tends to frizz.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen! (even in the winter)
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera and a disposable one - if you want a stranger to take a picture of you standing in front of something, you wouldn't want to give them your good camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to Tybee (Savannah Beach) bring a bathing suit, beach towl, beach chair, cooler, etc.
Miscellaneous: Bring both sunglasses and an umbrella - it's either extremely sunny or pouring down rain (often times, both!)
It is HOT in the South!
Luggage and bags: whatever isn't an inconvenience for you
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Savannah is very humid from February to October..If it is 80 f in the daytime- it may be 78 f that night- so bring light dresses and shorts and flip flops for day & evening.Men may be stifled in suits at night- khakis and a short sleeve button up shirt are OK.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BUG SPRAY!!!!!
trust me- if you are walking at all, you will need it. Sunglasses and sun screen.
Hair Spray! Mega Hold!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring VERY comfy shoes for LOTS of walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A must have here is Mega Hold hairspray, the humidity will make your hair go flat in no time..Of course you don't HAVE to pack it cuz you can always buy it once you get there. :-)
- Women's Travel
It is hot as a fire cracker in the summer
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go to Savannah in the summer then make sure you pack shorts, sandals, and shades. Sunscreen too if you go to the beach (i.e. Tybee). The large Oak trees in the historic district provide lots of shade while walking through the city so you really don't need sunscreen when walking around. Make sure you have comfortable shoes. You can spend a long time walking around this beautiful city.
Photo Equipment: Bring the appropriate lens for your camera. Many of the buildings are hard to get a good photo of.
Miscellaneous: If you spend a lot of time walking around then make sure you bring or buy bottled water. WARNING, the local water out of the tap is horrible.
- Family Travel
Mosquito Repellent or Suffer!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy walking shoes... Savannah is mostly flat and easy on your feet, but you will be walking a lot. And if you stick to the Historic District and Riverfront, the cobblestones will wear out your shins.
Photo Equipment: Plenty of film!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Absolutely do not forget your Bug Spray - I was the main course for those blood suckers the entire weekend... came home one great big mosquito bite.
Be Comfortable, Not Stylish This Trip!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I've said this in my Warnings area: Brick streets and sidewalks are everywhere downtown. Bring flats! I am all about gorgeous heels and sadly, mine are getting dusty living down here. Watching women in their heels try to maneuver the bricks and sometimes falling is actually a sport here!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Deodorant! It's hot, muggy, and you will sweat.
Photo Equipment: A camera is a must here! This town has a monument on every corner!
- Hiking and Walking
- Women's Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Of course, I'm gonna have to recommend comfortable walking shoes. There is no such thing as driving around Savannah and getting even the slightest idea for what an awesome place you're in -- put the car somewhere, and walk everywhere you can. As far as the weather goes, though, Savannah does get pretty sultry in the summer months, and with all the walking you're going to be doing, I would recommend bringing a water bottle and keeping yourself hydrated through the middle of the day, but be aware that opportunities to use a bathroom in the Historic District are not abundant.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Keep in mind when you're packing that Savannah, though it is a modern, cosmopolitan city, is situated smack dab in the middle of the vast festering swamps of the southeast, and as a result you will encounter native insect life in the form of mosquitoes large enough to be classified as aircraft by the FAA. (Just a little mosquito humor there . . . yeah) So you might want to have some bug repellant with you, especially if you're planning on striking out for Skidaway Island or any similar outdoorsy sort of attraction.
Photo Equipment: Bring your own. The tourist shops near the riverfront generally charge a lot for film, batteries, and so forth.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're headed to Tybee Island, the beach is terrific, so enjoy, but don't plan on doing any surfing there -- it's restricted on most of the beach, and the surf is pretty weak anyhow. So tanning lotion, yes, but surfboard, don't bother.
Miscellaneous: Bring nice pens and writing paper, and write to your friends and family back home while you're sitting on a square bench or by the riverfront or something Savannah-esque like that. Savannah somehow inspires this method of communication with its slow-paced demeanor, and it's an inspiration that I highly recommend acting upon.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can be hot and humid in the summer. Savannah winters are milder than in many places in the U.S. , so pack accordingly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Given Savannah's proximity to the waterfront, mosquito repellent would be a good idea.
Photo Equipment: A good camera like the one pictured and, for goodness sakes, take more photos than my parents did when we went.
Miscellaneous: A copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt.
The 1994 best-seller set in Savannah is a good read. If you don't want to pack it, it's not a problem. It will be in the store window of every bookstore in town. As a matter of fact, locals really love this book and why not? Tourism increased by 46% after its release! In town, it's simply known as The Book.
Miscellaneous: Savannah is a steamy romantic city so it's nice to have someone to stroll hand in hand with. I never stopped on my many trips north from Florida to New Jersey but this year I'm happy that Doreen gave me good reason to do so.
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