San Diego, California, is called America’s Finest City because it is stunningly beautiful. The sun shines more in San Diego than in any other city in the country, the hills are dotted with adorable homes, and breathtaking ocean views and desierto vistas surround the city. And if you fly in from somewhere else, there’s a 90 percent chance that the weather will be nicer in San Diego than it was wherever you came from that day. Here’s what you need to know about packing for a trip to San Diego.
At Least One Swimsuit
Most people who visit San Diego spend at least a day at the beach. Pale Midwesterners can be seen even in the gloom of winter, bravely walking out into the frigid surf. When the weather is nice, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible at one of the many beaches up and down the coast. So pack a swimsuit or several.
Something Made with Neoprene
If you want to swim or surf in the Pacific, you’ll probably want to pack a wetsuit or a pullover neoprene jacket. The water is pretty chilly most of the year, although if you’re there in August, the water might be warm enough for just a swimsuit.
Yoga pants, athletic wear, or a shapewear bodysuit can be everyday fashion choices for people in San Diego – even for people who have no intention of heading to the yoga studio or gym that day. This is just what people wear. If you want to fit in and feel like a local, this is what you’ll wear, too (when you’re not at the beach).
A sizable percentage of people who live in San Diego go hiking regularly. This is because there are tons of hiking trails in and around San Diego. If the weather is nice while you’re there, you probably won’t want to miss out; so bring a comfortable pair of shoes and hit the trails.
A Jacket for the Evening
The climate in San Diego is that of a coastal desert, so it tends to cool down considerably once the sun sets. Make sure to bring a jacket or a warm hoodie, or you might be shivering your nights away, and that’s no fun.
The Awareness that There are Gloomy Days
Before heading to San Diego, you should be aware that not all days in America’s Finest City are sunny. It’s true that San Diego leads the country for sunny days, but there are still plenty of overcast days. And “May gray” and “June gloom” are real, especially in the beach communities.
A Thirst for Craft Beer
If you come thirsty for some of the finest craft beer in the country, you’ll have a blast in San Diego. From Thr3e Punk Ales in South County to Modern Times in the metro area, from Burning Beard in East County to Burgeon Beer Co. in North County, there is no shortage of delicious beer to drink.
Your Sense of Adventure
In parting, bring your sense of adventure and fun with you to San Diego. There is so much to see and do in this city if you’re willing to get out of your hotel and explore.