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    Warm summers. But a city.

    by petrel1996 Written Jun 22, 2014

    Luggage and bags: If you have a Bugatti, its fitted luggage would do very well. Neither is required.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Charleston is not a resort, nor, God knows, a beach. Dress, for a gentleman is a jacket, shirt with collar, and shoes you would wear in New York. In the summer, seersucker is an excellent choice, and a Panama will stand you well. A tie is not quite required for vacationers. I have been known to wear a crisp Cuban linen shirt (thus no tie) and Panama on the hottest days. For ladies, a "sun dress" is a little under-dressed, but keep it loose and light. Cobbled streets are not kind to high heels--so shoes as for Rome. For evening, dress as for Rome (the climates are remarkably similar).
    If you will do this, you will be respected, you will get good tables, and please any Charleston household into which you might be invited. You will also have the pleasure of walking past the yobos in their tank-tops and arm-pits full of beer cans, or even the little families in their cute T-shirts knowing yourself to be yourself.
    At the beach, you may dress for the beach.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All are easily available. The water is perfectly safe (though not, to me, a pleasure). Mosquitoes are not too bad in the city, though they can be a pest in the marshes (often close to the beaches). Mosquito defense (nets, coils) is needed if you open your windows at night. The 'palmetto bug' (the huge Charleston cockroach) does not bite, and is not especially dirty (it is an outdoor insect, mainly). It should be avoided as one would avoid flying furniture. Sun block! (Not under your Panama, but if on a beach).

    Photo Equipment: Use the best you have. As a photographer myself, I do not find a tripod any more offensive than a sketching easel. Just try not to get run over. Charleston light is kind, and is positively lovely late afternoon. If you are quick on the drawer, you might find a rainbow after a thunderstorm. Don't use flash in churches or houses, obviously (the churches are anyway more remarkable for their proportions than for their decoration). A good UV/haze filter is no bad idea for landscape (or harbor-scape)--but the soupiness of Charleston air has some charm in itself.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A fly rod, if you can use it well, can get you inshore bluefish (look for baitfish moving fast and looking tragic). If you don't know them, un-hooking a blue can cost a finger. Use a short steel shock leader.

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    by IzabelleR Written Jan 12, 2014

    Luggage and bags: Anything you would need for a day walking and soaking up the sun

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cool clothes but fancy for dinner sandals are fine bring fancy shoes unless you have any fancy sandals look at pics for examples

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any meds

    Photo Equipment: Tablet or phone for catching that sc sunset

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bathing suits and sunscreen

    Charleston sunset
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    It's HOT and Humid in Summer, so be prepared

    by kilpatrick Written Apr 18, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Pack for play, site seeing, casual classy, and dressy.
    You can show some skin in Charleston, but keep it classy.
    This is not Miami and if you roll in all hoochied up, you will get looked down on here.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cottons, sun dresses for the ladies.
    Flip flops are acceptable pretty much everywhere, except for some of the
    restaurants on East Bay, which you would want to dress up for anyway.

    It does not rain often and when it does, it generally clears right up, but a small umbrella is always handy. Its a perfect walking city, so bring some comfy shoes, but keep in mind Charleston unlike the rest of SC is very fashion forwards. There is great shopping, and some chains like Banana, J Crew, Gap, etc downtown, but most of the boutique type stores are $$$$.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make up will sweat off in the summer, so act accordingly.
    Hand wipes are great and LOTS of water.

    Photo Equipment: Anything you normally would bring and special lenses for bright backgrounds and zoom lenses for possible dolphin sightings at waterfront park.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The usual suspects...Wear 50+ sunscreen if you are not used to the Southern Coastal climate.
    It's tropical and you can get burned easily.

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    Island Casual

    by dreamerofislands Written Aug 20, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The SC summers are HOT. June -September average 95+ degrees and with the humidity it can be stifeling. The best time to visit is October - May! Island casual is acceptable most anywhere.

    Photo Equipment: Great photo ops of beaches and historical sites.

    Downtown Charleston Sullivans Island Charleston Harbor
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    Watch the Weather Channel

    by TheTravelingNerd Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: pack light

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just pack for the weather really. If it's spring or fall just have a few light layers and comfortable shoes. If it's winter which is November to February wear layers and a light jacket. Rarely would you ever need gloves, scarf or hat. In my whole life growing up here and now I have never and never seen anyone wear those. In the summer it can get very hot and humid from the end of May-August. Pretty much wear as little as possible, but keep in mind it will get a litle cooler at night so there is some relief from the heat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: only if you're camping

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Wear sunscreen and if you're camping bug repellent. the mosquitos can get bad near marsh and the woods.

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    by Reneej Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack what you need for the season. It doesn't usually get as cold as up north. But it can get breezy in the evenings in the summer.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the season

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are medical places all over if a doctor is needed or emergency.

    Photo Equipment: Take lots of pictures. It's one of the most photographic areas with history in the US I think.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are a few State Parks.

    Miscellaneous: There's something for everyone here.

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    by JayChas18 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: BRING WALKING SHOES!!! Downtown Charleston has very limited parking. And as you'll see when you get here, The roads are small, and mostly one-way streets. But it's ok, because everything is in walking distance, and there's a beautful veiw the whole walk no matter which direction you go.

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    by Stevel47 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: What's the weather like in Charleston?


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    by JayChas18 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: bring some swimming stuff! Many water parks, and beaches... Here's a pic of Waterfront Park's fountain, and great place to cool off in our horrifically hot summers.

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