Essentials Everyone Who Lives in Lansing Should Have
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Everyone who lives here knows that Lansing is unique. There's no other city in Michigan (or the country, probably) that is quite like it. That can be tough for people who are new to the area, but we've got you covered. We scoured Amazon so you don't have to and put together a Lansing starter pack of all the things you need to fit in.
Next, you'll also need to pick up some sort of Michigan State University swag. You're in Lansing, which means you're in Spartan territory. A good, subtle way to fit in with the Spartans around you while also getting your coffee fix is this tumbler.
Speaking of coffee, here's some of the best from Biggby, which is based in East Lansing.
One thing you'll find out quickly is that most everyone here LOVES Tom Izzo. Michigan State is super into basketball, and you don't want to be unprepared when March rolls around. This T-shirt says it all.
Let's move on to snacks. In this state, you'll be judged if you don't support Michigan-based brands. Would it be easier to stick with what you know and just grab a bag of Lay's? Maybe. But there's a better alternative, aptly named "Better Made." Not only are they Twitter champions, I would argue that they live up to their name and do make a superior chip. Try out the variety pack and see for yourself.
I bet you saw this next one coming. How could we have a Lansing starter pack without including this Michigan staple? That's right folks, it's Vernors. The amazing drink that Michiganders believe is a cure for pretty much any minor illness. Try it and see what all the fuss is about.
Whether you are a huge sports fans or not, a favorite Lansing summer activity is heading to Cooley Law School Stadium to watch the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team. You'll want to dress appropriately to support the home team. Here's a hat and shirt to get you started.
Finally, the absolute most important things on this list. Both will be useful wherever you travel in Michigan, but are vital for driving around Lansing. The potholes here are legendary, and you need to be prepared because you will get a flat tire at some point. It's inevitable. Make sure you're ready with a jack and lug wrench to change the tire and an emergency kit to keep you safe while you're doing it.