[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]By Joe Laing

Your vacation dates are set and you’re ready to unwind on a Reno Tahoe getaway. Before you start packing those bags, take a breath and read this pre-packing primer for your Reno Tahoe vacation.


Questions to Ask Before You Start Packing:

How Will You Get to Reno Tahoe?

Will you be flying or driving? Especially during peak season in Reno Tahoe (June to September, November to March) you’ll want to make airline reservations early. Flying into Reno-Tahoe International Airport is easy, as it offers service to most major U.S. cities. With your reservations made, don’t forget to check luggage limits to help you choose your bags.

Once you’ve arrived at the Reno-Tahoe airport, you’ll find plenty of ground transportation options. To make getting to your lodging even more economical, consider splitting the cost of a shuttle van with your traveling companions (book ahead to avoid wait time). You can also check with your hotel to see if they offer free shuttle service.

For travelers coming by car or RV, you’re in luck. Mighty I-80 runs across the U.S. from California to New Jersey and rolls right into Reno.

Bonus: Here’s a helpful link to help you plan your travel to Reno Tahoe.

Where Will You Stay in Reno Tahoe?

Accommodations in the Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe area run the gamut from luxury resorts to cozy B&Bs and convenient vacation rental condos. To avoid a last-minute scramble for a room, book your Reno Tahoe lodgingas soon as you know you’re coming.

How to maximize lodging while you’re here? Choose where you’ll stay based on the activities you’ve planned. Many of the most popular attractions offer vacation packages that include lodging. Whether it’s a weekend spent at one of the Reno Tahoe area casino resorts, a weekend of golf or a couple of days on the ski slopes, you’ll save big by doing your homework and taking advantage of travel packages.

Bonus: This link should be the first place you look for Reno area vacation specials.

What Will You Do in Reno Tahoe?

There’s literally something for every type of vacationer to do once they reach the Reno Tahoe area. Focus your vacation packing (and dollars) by deciding in advance how you’ll spend your time.

Once you’ve picked your favorite activities, maximize your vacation dollars by booking tours and equipment rentals in advance. Use the list below to spark your imagination as you plan.

Water Sports: With Lake Tahoe’s 72 miles of shoreline, plus the area’s two rivers—the Truckee and Carson, not to mention Pyramid Lake just north of Reno—this area is a water-lover’s wonderland. Get out in the sun on your trip and enjoy paddling a kayak on Lake Tahoe, rafting down the Truckee River or fly fishing at Pyramid Lake. From paddle boarding to scuba diving, guided tours are the way to go if you’re new to the area.

Golf: More than a dozen golf courses within an hour of Reno and Lake Tahoe means no shortage of time on the greens. Book tee times at more than one before you arrive, and find out why golf is a Reno Tahoe favorite activity.

Hiking/Biking: Trails for every level of hiker and biking enthusiast are abundant in the region. The venerable Tahoe Rim Trail can be hiked or biked in several day trips or as a major challenge. Regional parks such asGalena Creek Recreation Area in the Sierra Nevada are home to hundreds of miles of trails. One more idea: Check the ski resorts for hiking and biking opportunities during warm weather.

Gambling: If gaming is your pleasure, you’re coming to the right place. Reno, “The Biggest Little City In The World,” is home to more than two dozen casinos. If that’s not enough gaming action for you, you’ll find casinos in Sparks and on the shores of Lake Tahoe, too. Play the slots, spend time at the tables and then take in one of the dozens of shows (don’t forget to make reservations!).

Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding/Cross Country Skiing/Tubing: Winter is when Reno Tahoe really shines! Area ski resorts (more than a dozen) cater to every level of snow sport enthusiast. Use this search tool to find the perfect Reno area ski resort and then save money by purchasing the passes and lodging packages that suit your style.

What Will You Pack for Your Reno Tahoe Trip?

Airline tickets purchased? Check! Lodging, tours and activity passes/equipment rentals booked? Check! Now it’s time to pack. Use the list below to make sure you’ll have what you need once you arrive.

  • Layered clothing to accommodate shifts in temperature
  • Special gear for activities (hiking/biking shoes and clothing, fishing vest, swim and scuba wear, ski wear, goggles, head gear)
  • Clothing and shoes for dining/gambling venues
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent (watch airline guidelines or plan to buy in Reno)
  • Prescriptions, contact lenses, eyewear, medical equipment
  • Sports equipment
  • Toiletries
  • Insurance and physician information
  • Copies of reservations for lodging, tours
  • Electronics and chargers (cell phones, tablets)
  • Cameras, film, batteries

Last-Minute Tips Before You Travel

Always check the weather at your destination (and connecting airports) before you leave home. Put airline tickets, boarding passes and photo identification in the bag, purse or jacket you’ll have with you at all times. Check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport. Plan to carry essential medications and medical equipment with you rather than checking them with luggage. Don’t pack cash or credit cards in checked luggage.

Your vacation to the Reno Tahoe area has the potential to be unforgettable, with a little advance planning. Follow these tips to maximize your enjoyment and minimize your stress.

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. He has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years, and greatly enjoys the outdoors. Joe has been camping across the United States, exploring its vast countryside. He is also actively involved in numerous campground associations, including RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]