San Francisco is such a vibrant and diverse city, which is why it’s one of our favorite places to take our Punchdrunk Panda bag. Travelers will definitely find a lot of interesting landmarks to see (like the Golden Gate Bridge), yummy food to taste (check out the Mission District) out the and exciting, quirky places to experience (stop by the Embarcadero or Haight and Ashbury).
So what are the essential things to remember when packing for a trip to San Francisco? We have compiled a list to help you out!
Bring comfy clothes that you can wear in layers.
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It’s kind of common sense to know the weather of your destination before going there, but the temperatures in San Francisco can drastically change from day to night depending on where you are! It’s often foggy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon, so it’s better to have the option of layering on a sweater when you need to stay warm or taking it off to stay cool while you’re out exploring the city. Also, though California is known for sun, San Francisco can still be quite chilly in the summer.
Pack a jacket or a windbreaker.
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San Francisco weather can be unpredictable, in terms of temperature, but also in terms of wind. It’s good to have a jacket or windbreaker handy as it can get a bit windy and chilly at night. If you're planning to be near the water, having a jacket tucked into your bag will ensure you're always comfortable.
Bring dress clothes.
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Things are pretty casual in the city, but you may want to dress up for dinner at a nice restaurant or if you’re going out to a special event, by land or sea. A stylish jacket or dress can come in handy and will allow you to fit right in SOMA!
Don’t forget protection from the elements!
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Always be sure to wear your sunglasses and sunscreen. It may not feel hot, but the possibility of getting sunburnt is going to be there and you won’t realize it until it’s too late—especially with a cool seaside breeze. Also pack a small umbrella, just in case it rains. We'll say it one more time—San Francisco weather is crazy. Be prepared for different micro-climates are you travel around the city.
Bring comfortable walking shoes.
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The tourist hot spots are pretty close together, so you’ll probably get around by walking. Besides, it’s smarter and cheaper to take public transportation in San Francisco, so expect to put your legs and feet to work while you’re there. While you trek from the Full House painted lady houses to Dolores Park and Lombard Street, you'll be happy that your feet aren't holding you back!
Bring enough cash.
Make sure you have enough money in your Punchdrunk Panda wallet to cover your accommodations, public transportation, tours, food and any other unexpected costs. Do your research on what you'll be doing and where you'll be going so you’ll have an idea how much you might need for your trip. You'll also want cash on hand for the cute markets and the games down on the piers.
Pack your camera, of course!
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You’re going to San Francisco. Of course, you need your camera! The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf—these are just some of the things you need to take a picture of in the city. You won’t run out of things to photograph, so you’ve got to keep your gear close by.
One thing you have to remember about San Francisco—aside from the changing weather—is that it’s a big tourist destination. If you want to get on the popular tours, check them out online ahead of time and reserve tickets in advance if you can. San Francisco is a lively and exciting city and you’re guaranteed an interesting experience when you visit—no matter what tickles your fancy.
Have you been to San Francisco? What did you pack in your bag? Let us know in the comments!