What to Pack in San Diego

Travel Tips, What's New — By meaghanclark on July 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm

So everyone knows that San Diego is a city of the sun…but few really know that to pack in this Southern Californian city, there are a few necessities only locals could suggest. Find them here, in this week’s Local Experts Weekly Challenge.

To begin, we’ll start with the essentials – and the most obvious. Surrounded by beaches, there isn’t a moment when you won’t want to step out on the sand and feel the Pacific Ocean’s breeze. Essentials include flip-flops (particularly Rainbows), a bathing suit and a hat. With the sun as strong as can be, you’ll probably need a pair of polarized shades, one for each outfit might be best as they are the true accessory out in the Whale’s Vagina.

Now, for the fun part. San Diego has got a ton of trails that require a bit of grunt work but take you straight to some of the most gorgeous sights in the world. From Torrey Pines’ Gliderport to the Black Mountain hills, you’ll need some hiking shoes and comfortable walking pants.

With miles between downtown San Diego and North County, another necessity is a great book – read it on the road when traveling up and down the coast, or when waiting for the trolley, bus or train.

Despite the stereotype that it’s always sunny, we get a pretty good chill. Avoid huge jackets at all costs – that right there is a sign of a tourist – but the key here is layers, with scarves, a light jacket and perhaps even a vest to keep up warm and cozy during the evenings.

We’re also all about supporting the locals – farmer’s markets on nearly every day of the week from Del Mar to Pacific Beach, you’re really going to strut your stuff with a reusable bag. Sneak one into your carry-on bag if flying or if you’re really inclined to make the best impression, pick one up at the local farmer’s market Henry’s.

[image from Flickr’s moonjazz of Pacific Beach]

Tags: packing, San Diego, travel

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