How To Prepare For Your Trip To Lake Tahoe

How to prepare and what to pack………..

If you are driving: Pre-check your vehicle. Check all fluid levels and make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended PSI level. We always take our own window scraper as some gas stations do not supply them.

This happened to us when we had a flat tire near Olancha, Ca.:  Make sure your spare tire is inflated to the recommended pressure. Have your roadside AAA (or other) roadside assistance number programmed into your cell phone–and remember to fully charge your cell the night before you leave. Keep a couple of old bath towels in the trunk which will come in come in handy if you have to change a tire. That reminds me to include plastic gloves in your trunk so you don’t get your hands filthy if you have to change a tire or check your oil.

In winter don’t forget your snow chains. Be sure to check your car’s heater and defrost a couple days before you leave. Keep a jacket within reach if you need to go outside to check something on your vehicle. Carry a couple extra blankets in case of a breakdown when your heater may not work. And make sure you have some kind of foot cover in case you have to exit your vehicle during heavy snow.

Winter : parking lot

Be sure to take bottled water with you along with some snacks. If you break down in the desert on a blistering 104-degree day you will thank yourself.  No need to stop at a convenience store where they will overcharge you for junk food. Purchasing window shades is also a good idea for shielding yourself from that piercing sun.  A good supply of snacks and compact games will keep the kids quiet during that long drive.

Lake Tahoe is a mountain environment. During summer pack a light jacket and some warm clothes such as sweatshirts and long sleeve T-shirts. Summer temperatures often reach into the 80’s so include light clothing such as shorts and t-shirts. You may want to pack long pants when going out at night. Summer low temperatures can dip into the 40’s.  Don’t forget to bring sun block during any season as high altitude UV rays can burn twice as fast. Our favorite sunblock is the top-rated Equate available at Walmart.  For summer hiking proper shoe wear is a must along with walking sticks for balance. For bike riding don’t forget to bring your own helmets or rent them along with your bikes.

Getting acclimated……Lake elevation is approximately 5700 feet and exceeds 10,000 feet at the top of Heavenly. You may “feel” the altitude for a day or so after your arrival, especially if you consume alcoholic beverages your first day. Symptoms may include feeling “queasy” along with a loss of energy. It is recommended that you abstain from consuming alcohol and heavy meals until you have been at lake level for at least 24 hours.

Round Hill hike.

Round Hill hike.

 

Getting acclimated……Lake elevation is approximately 5700 feet and exceeds 10,000 feet at the top of Heavenly. You may “feel” the altitude for a day or so after your arrival, especially if you consume alcoholic beverages your first day. Symptoms may include feeling “queasy” along with a loss of energy. It is recommended that you abstain from consuming alcohol and heavy meals until you have been at lake level for at least 24 hours.

What to pack………

Lake Tahoe is a mountain environment. During summer pack a light jacket and some warm clothes such as sweatshirts and long sleeve T-shirts. Summer temperatures often reach into the 80’s so include light clothing such as shorts and t-shirts. You may want to pack long pants when going out at night. Summer low temperatures can dip into the 40’s. Don’t forget to bring sun block during any season as high altitude UV rays can burn twice as fast. Our favorite sunblock is top-rated Equate available at Walmart. For summer hiking proper shoe wear is a must along with walking sticks for balance. For bike riding don’t forget to bring your own helmets or rent them along with your bikes.

For winter: Be sure to pack warm underclothes as daytimes temps average in the 30’’s and 40’s. It is always advisable to bring warm clothes so you can “dress down” rather than “up”. Pack warm sweat shirts and light jackets so you can adjust to varying daily temperatures.

Winter pkg. lot