Tahoe essentials: Don’t travel to Lake Tahoe without these 7 items
Chances are you’ve had your fill of articles telling you how to make the most of your summer vacation in Tahoe. With the water level back to normal for the first time in a while, everyone is supplying tips for where to paddleboard, kayak, get the best waterfall views — the list goes on.
But what no one tells you is what you need to bring with you on your adventures to make you feel like a true Tahoe-an (Tahoe-ite?). We’re here to help you out with a list of things you must bring on every exploration.
No person is without a dog in the basin, and for good reason: It’s a permanent friend who would love nothing more than to spend hours hiking or swimming. Not only will you look super cool and outdoorsy when you and your pup don matching bandanas, but he’ll also help you meet new people and step up your social game.
Don’t you dare think about driving any other vehicle in Tahoe. Join the throngs of Subaru Outbacks and Imprezas as they cruise down Lake Tahoe Boulevard pushing the speed limit despite the traffic. Stack some mountain bikes or kayaks on the roof and you’re one step closer to a successful adventure. What other car will be able to make the trek to trailheads off the beaten path?
3. Reusable water bottle
There is no better way to stay hydrated than with an ultra-heavy Hydro Flask smothered with stickers. Show off the fact that you want to Keep Tahoe Blue, support one of the region’s up-and-coming craft breweries and love to ski Kirkwood. After all, a water bottle tells a lot about a person’s character — especially here.
If you’re not the type of person to spend $20 on the high-end Hydro Flasks, a Nalgene will do just fine. The key is getting every inch of the bottle covered with decals of the places you support most.
Everyone knows Tahoe is becoming quite the scene for craft beer, so to fit in you’ll need to stock up. Whether you grab a crowler from South Lake Brewing Company, a four-pack of your favorite Alibi Ale Works brew or a few of those classic Tahoe Beer cans, you’re going to be in the clear.
Snap a scenic shot of the lake, and be sure it features your hand holding a beer for ultimate brownie points.
Dressing wisely is half the battle of any adventure. And because you’re in Tahoe, this means flannel, flannel and more flannel. Who cares that it’s summer? Thick, long sleeves are always in style — and come up clutch for layering purposes, which you certainly need to consider when hiking. We also suggest some of those nifty zip-off pants you can turn into shorts.
On the water? You’re fine in a swimsuit — show off that summer bod. Just be sure to wear a life jacket, too.
6. Sunscreen and bug spray
Even if you tell yourself you don’t burn, you will here. There are always people who forget that being at altitude means the chances of being burnt to a crisp are much, much higher. Neglecting to lather up with the SPF of your choosing could easily ruin the rest of your adventure.
Remember that bugs are a big deal in the mountains. Spray yourself head to toe with OFF! or a related product and cover all skin with clothing to best protect yourself — no one likes asking about your trip and simply hearing about the bites you got.