Packing List

The Lake House Retreat

Lake Tahoe California Lake Tahoe California

Packing List

The Lake House Retreat

What to wear on a weekend trip
to a scenic stay like Lake Tahoe

Summer really shot by in the blink of an eye, didn’t it? Despite the sweltering heat, the season is slowly drawing to a close, with students back to school and temperatures dropping before you know it. Thankfully, there's still time for a few more summer bucket list check-offs before fall fully takes effect. Hopefully, one of those BLIs (bucket list items) is a trip into nature—ideally a lake. Me? I'm headed to Lake Tahoe, California. Tucked away in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range, the area is one of the golden state's premier weekender spots from the Bay Area, and a picturesque getaway worth escaping to from wherever you're located. Equal parts mountain, lake, and forest, Tahoe boasts some of the best skiing in the country come winter, but even in the dying days of summer, the options are limitless. Accommodations range from luxury spas to cozy tiny houses, and with opportunities to try your hand at everything from a woodland trek to a day lakeside, Lake Tahoe has something for everyone. At 6,225 feet, you'll do best not to ignore the views, either.

Lake Tahoe is a decidedly laid-back location, and your packing should reflect that theme while respecting the mountainous terrain and surprisingly chilly nights. You can probably leave the axe at home, but quality hiking shoes are a must—after all, with trails galore and time to explore, you'll be on your feet quite a bit. Beyond a sturdy base, lightweight basics are the name of the game, both to combat the stifling California heat and to look your best for the obligatory Instagram photos. When it comes to (almost) roughing it, the boy scout mantra is a good rule of thumb. “Always be prepared” at the lake might look a little different than in the wilderness, but we recommend a handy dandy multi-tool, cooler for your drink of choice, and, per mountain-retreat-requirement, lots and lots of lightweight corduroy. Slippers and an extra layer should also receive packing priority—between the altitude and the breeze off the water, temperatures can drop significantly when the sun sets.

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Our Packing List

Men's lake vacation outfit inspiration
Patagonia Stand Up Duffle Bag

Stand up duffle bag,
$199 by Patagonia

Banks Journal Big Wear Walkshort

Big bear walkshort,
$75 by Banks Journal

Taylor Stitch Cotton Hemp Tee

Cotton hemp tee,
$35 by Taylor Stitch

Hoka One One Kaha GTX Hiking Boot

Kaha GTX hiking boot,
$220 by Hoka One One

REI Co-op Vented Explorer Hat

Vented explorer hat,
$39.95 by REI Co-op

Topo Designs Mountain Socks

Mountain socks,
$22 by Topo Designs

Flint and Tinder CPO Shirt Jacket

CPO shirt jacket,
$148 by Flint and Tinder

Teva Ember Moc Slippers

Ember moc slippers,
$75 by Teva

Leatherman Free T4 Multi-Tool

Free T4 multi-tool,
$59.95 by Leatherman

Our Packing List

Men's lake vacation outfit inspiration

Stand up duffle bag,
$199 by Patagonia

 

Big bear walkshort,
$75 by Banks Journal

 
 

Cotton hemp tee,
$35 by Taylor Stitch

Kaha GTX hiking boot,
$220 by Hoka One One

 
 

Vented explorer hat,
$39.95 by REI Co-op

Mountain socks,
$22 by Topo Designs

 

CPO shirt jacket,
$148 by Flint and Tinder

 
 

Ember moc slippers,
$75 by Teva

Free T4 multi-tool,
$59.95 by Leatherman

 

When in Tahoe ...

Lake Tahoe shore

The opportunities are endless for things to do at Lake Tahoe. Beyond the outdoorsy pursuits of hiking and swimming, the getaway offers lake cruises, fine dining and even ATV rentals. Yosemite, arguably one of the most beautiful places on planet earth, sprawls just a few hours drive south in the mountain range, and while lodging is sure to be fully booked, a day trip to soak it all in is feasible and highly encouraged. If you’ve had your fill of the Sierra Nevadas, a quick gambling trip to Reno, NV, or a drive west to San Francisco both cater to metropolitan-leaning sensibilities.

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