1. Protect Your Trip
If you booked a hotel with me, I am actually required by my insurance now to ask you to consider travel insurance. Why? Things happen all of the time — from natural disasters to flight disruptions to lost bags to medical emergencies (that your credit card doesn't always cover).
2. Figure Out How You'll Get Around San Diego
After arriving by car, train or plane, think about whether you'll rely on a rental car, black car services, or rideshare apps. People do all three so which you choose depends on your itinerary and budget.
3. Decide Whether You'll Buy a Sightseeing Pass or Use Individual Tickets
There is absolutely NO NEED to pay gate pricing at our major San Diego attractions. You'll need to crunch some numbers to decide whether you'll save more with a Go San Diego pass or discount tickets to individual parks.
Tip: Be sure to use my exclusive discount for $6 off San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets with code lajollamom on our partner site.
4. Decide What You'll Put on Your Itinerary
I mention tickets and sightseeing first so that you can keep ways to save in mind as you map out your San Diego itinerary. Here are some starter ideas for what to do.
5. Plan for What You'll Need to Bring
Find out what deserves valuable suitcase space. The most important tip is to always pack layers.