What to Pack for a Trip to Colorado

What to Pack for a Trip to Colorado
15 Jul 2021

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Snow-capped mountains, hot springs tucked in the valleys, long trails, waterfall hikes, and aspen trees — Colorado might have it all. When planning a trip to the action-packed state, you might be wondering, “What should I bring with me to Colorado?”

Packing is one of the most important parts of your travel and vacation. Bringing the right things will make sure that you’re traveling in comfort, and you have everything you’ll need on the trip. This will ensure that you get the most out of your vacation.

No matter what time of the year you plan to go, here are the essentials you need to have at all times.

1. Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is a must, even in the winter. Colorado is closer to the sun, and of all 50 states, it has the highest average elevation at 6,800′. The higher up you are, the less atmosphere is above you. This means that the UV rays are much harsher. So make sure you bring your sunscreen with you at all times.

When it comes to sunscreen, use ones that have SPF50 or higher, and apply it every one or two hours.

2. Weatherproof Footwear

Weatherproof or sturdy footwear is a must when visiting Colorado. Filled with parks, trails, wildlife habitats, and ski slopes, it’s home to many outdoor activities. Bring at least one weatherproof shoe as there will be several attractions that will require a lot of walking, so you need to be as comfortable as possible.

3. Layers of Clothing

Temperatures can shift pretty quickly in Colorado, even in the summer. It’s best to pack layers that will fit each season. You’ll be surprised to know that even in the winter months Colorado can have temperatures of up to 70F.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

• Summer: Thin cardigan, light sweaters, tank tops, swimwear, shorts, and jeans
• Spring and Fall: Thin cardigans, raincoat, shorts.
• Winter: Thick jacket, water-resistant coat, snow pants, and jeans

Colorado also boasts an array of outdoor activities no matter the season. Whether it’s summer, spring, fall, or winter, the great outdoors is one of Colorado’s greatest thrills. Make sure to pack activewear. Whether it’s swimsuits, hiking wear, or ski wear. It’s easy to pack swimwear, though it’s a different story when it comes to winter clothes. You can always buy them in stores or go online.

Skiing and snowboarding are must-try sports in Colorado during winter. Although you could rent ski equipment, it’s better to bring your own clothes for the slopes, from branded ski outfits for men and women to top-grade jackets for the kids.

4. Eyewear

Back to the topic of Colorado having 300-days of sunshine a year, and being closer to the sun, you need to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. You should also bring hats and umbrellas for utmost protection.

5. Water Bottle and Snacks

Not only do you need to be hydrated at all times, but drinking plenty of fluids will help you acclimate to Colorado’s elevation. The air is quite dry so better drink lots of water before you go when you’re there, and always bring some everywhere with you. Also, reusable water bottles are environmentally friendly and will save you money.

Next, keep yourself from losing energy and getting hungry. Some energy bars and biscuits can keep you powered up before your next meal.

6. Travel Safety Kit

We all have to take extra precautions, especially now that the Coronavirus is still rampant. Don’t forget to bring our travel safety kit. Always ensure that you and your companions are clean and sanitized. Here are the travel safety-kit essentials:

• Face mask
• Face shield
• Hand sanitizer
• UV sanitizer
• Alcohol Spray
• Disinfectant spray
• Alcohol wipes
• Medicine for flu, headaches, and stomachaches
• Vitamins

Also, you might want to avoid public transportation and opt to rent a car when traveling around the state. This way, you limit your exposure.

7. Camera

Always remember to bring your camera. Colorado has some of the best views and landscapes so you don’t want to miss a moment of capturing everything. Don’t forget to bring a small power bank so you’ll never run out of juice.

Enjoy and Keep Safe

Colorado is a hotspot for scouting beautiful vacation destinations. Make your trip unforgettable and comfortable by packing efficiently. Also, don’t forget to check your local travel protocol, stay updated with the news, and ensure that you, your family, or travel buddies are safe throughout the trip.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, travel writer, and social media strategist. Craig likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, food, and lifestyle.

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