South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America? If you're planning to go to South Lake Tahoe, I've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in South Lake Tahoe, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in South Lake Tahoe, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry plane-friendly choice.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently get worn. An unreadable vaccine card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection you can have.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America by month

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January

If you go to South Lake Tahoe in January, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

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February

In February, South Lake Tahoe can be brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for South Lake Tahoe, with a few of the days of the month having rain.

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March

March is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

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April

If you are traveling to South Lake Tahoe in April, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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May

If you are traveling to South Lake Tahoe in May, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

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June

Traveling to South Lake Tahoe in June, you will notice that it is crisp. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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July

July for South Lake Tahoe is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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August

August in South Lake Tahoe is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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September

If you visit South Lake Tahoe during September, you will probably notice that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

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October

If you go to South Lake Tahoe in October, you will notice that it is chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

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November

Traveling to South Lake Tahoe in November, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

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December

Traveling to South Lake Tahoe in December, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

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Activities for South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for South Lake Tahoe.

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