5 Must-Haves for Traveling in San Francisco

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San Francisco is a city of wonders, from the famous Golden Gate Bridge to the huge selection of eateries around every block. It is also a city of micro-climates and suffers a rising number of homeless people.

Here are the top 5 must-haves for traveling in San Francisco

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1. Better to be dry than sorry

Did you know that in recent finding San Francisco has seen more rain than Seattle since the start of 2019? This couldn’t be any further from the truth. This city of fog is notorious for its micro-climates, wind tunnels in parts of downtown, and quick change in weather. That’s why having an umbrella handy is always essential to combat the unexpected. I currently use Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating. I personally recommend its quality and ease of carry.

2. Always carry extra layers

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Being in a microclimate means that some parts of the city may be showering, and the other part of the city may be bright and sunny. On top of having an umbrella handy, always bring an extra layer of clothing in case the temperature drops substantially. It is not unusual to feel 5 degrees colder or hotter just within a few blocks. Don’t be afraid to dish out that favorite jacket of yours when you go out and about for long.

3. Noise-cancelling saves the day

I cannot recall the number of times I’ve been in a situation where some rude person would not stop swearing profusely across the bus, or someone decided that boombox is meant to be blasted in public transportation. Other times were homeless/sketchy people doing questionable behaviors to gain attention. Luckily the Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3 got me out of these countless uncomfortable situations during my daily commutes. Another good alternative to the Sony WH1000XM-3 are the Bose QuietComfort lineups, specifically the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Currently I own both of them and these go head-to-head in terms of build quality, sound quality, and connectivity options. 

Update: A successor for Bose QuietComfort 35 II is currently available now. Reviews for Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 so far has been highly rated and would be an excellent option as well.

4. Backpack is not the only pack you’ll need. Don’t forget about battery pack!

Most of us here probably would agree that smartphones are one of life’s necessities now. It is especially true when you wind up in a city like San Francisco. With so many great eateries around the city, Yelp is almost impossible to avoid. Other essential services like Google Maps for navigating the city and Uber for getting around, having a battery pack is a must for a whole-day travel. This Portable Charger RAVPower 20000mAh USB External Battery Pack not only will keep your phone alive and well for the entire day, a fully charged pack can even replenish up to 3 full phone recharges for your friends and family.

Note: As of this writing, there is a 20% off coupon available which brings the final price down to $30.33 before tax and handling.

5. Can I borrow a lightning cable? Sorry I only have one for USB-C.

Forget about tangling charging cables for all your devices, this nifty 4ft. 3-in-1 Universal Charger Cable will solve all your cabling nightmares. On top of that, this simple cable is easy to find, lightweight, and hard to lose while traveling, it is the perfect companion for a long-lasting battery pack to share with friends and family.

Closing Thoughts

Did I miss anything? What else do you think should have made to the list? Feel free to drop a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!

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