It’s the night before your trip to Catalina Island, and you’re wondering what you should bring with you. Whether you are traveling during the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this blog will be your guide on what is necessary to bring on your getaway.
Some visitors travel to the Island to relax on the beach, while others choose to do the many tours and activities. Depending on how you fill your day, you will need to pack accordingly for your Catalina vacation.
All Aboard the Catalina Express
On your journey over to Catalina Island, the boat ride is about an hour to an hour and a half depending on your departure location. Enjoy your ride over with a snack and drink from the galley onboard and gaze out at the magnificent views. You might even spot a whale or dolphin!
Passengers might want to bring some entertainment like a deck of cards, a favorite book or headphones to listens to some tunes on the way to Catalina. If you are looking for extra reading material, grab a copy of the Catalina Express Magazine for some ideas on how to spend your time on Catalina.
Your Island Wardrobe
First and foremost, the two essential items to bring with you are comfortable shoes and a light jacket. Comfortable shoes are always recommended because most places in Avalon and Two Harbors are in walking distance from each other. The shoes you wear also make it easier to walk on the unpaved hiking trails and sandy beaches. A majority of the year, it will be necessary to have a jacket with you. On a Catalina Express vessel or the Island, the cool sea breeze could be a little chilly, so a little cover is always nice to have.
Many visitors travel to Catalina Island during the summertime to enjoy a hot day at the beach. For this type of weather, remember to bring sun protection like sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from getting a sunburnt. It wouldn’t be an island getaway without taking a dip in the ocean, so pack your swimsuit and towel. These items will also be necessary for any water activities that people are looking to participate in, such as parasailing or jet skiing.
During the spring and fall, hiking boots are a must. Catalina offers visitors over 165 miles of trails and roads to explore. Ranging from strenuous trails to roads made for an afternoon stroll, there are no shortage of hikes that include amazing views and scenery.
If visitors need to store their items or help getting their luggage, Avalon Blue Line Baggage has lockers available located at Cabrillo Mole near the Catalina Express ticket windows in Avalon and also offer luggage transportation services to your hotel or vacation rental.
Did you happen to forget something behind at home? Take a quick stop at the many local shops and convenience stores for any last minute essentials. Avalon’s neighborhood Vons Grocery Store is located right up the street for any food or drink needs. If you are looking for sun, beauty, and health supplies, Leo’s Catalina Drugstore has you covered. They have supplies such as beach items, toys, gifts and souvenirs for any convenient purchases. A little cooler than expected? Grab a jacket from one of the many local shops that can double in an essential and souvenir to remember your trip to Catalina.