What to Pack for a Summer Colorado Trip
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Colorado Packing List for Summer: Clothes
When planning what to wear in Colorado during the summer, it’s all about layering! It is still pretty cool in the mornings/evenings, but can hot in the middle of the day. I suggest packing:
- 2-3 t-shirts
- 2-3 tank tops/workout tops
- 1-2 sweatshirts
- 2-3 sweaters
I linked a couple of my faves below, they’re also (along with a bunch more) all added to this Colorado Packing List on Amazon.
Tanks + Workout Tops
When it comes to what bottoms to pack for a summer Colorado trip, you especially want to pack ones that you’ll be comfortable hiking in if that’s in your plan! I brought a mix of leggings and biker shorts for hiking. Here’s what I packed:
- 1-2 pairs of jeans
- 1 pair of casual shorts
- 4-5 pairs of workout bottoms
Weather can be unpredictable in Colorado in the summer, so it’s important to bring rain jacket. I also brought a lightweight shell jacket just in case I got cold and ended up using it more than I thought I would!
Lightweight Shell Jacket
We knew we wouldn’t be doing any major hikes, so I opted to bring trail running shoes instead of hiking boots. If you prefer hiking boots then that’s totally fine too! Here are the shoes I packed:
Trail Running Shoes
I got a ton of recommendation for trail running shoes, the most popular brand was Merrell. I ordered a pair of Merrell’s and a pair of Nike’s and ended up liking the Nike’s better. Merrell is probable a better choice if you are going to be doing more serious hiking. New Balance, Saucony, ASICS, and Brooks, and ALRTA were also highly recommended.
I linked the most popular and high rated trail running shoes on Amazon here (plus even more on this list):
Other Clothes to Pack for Colorado
Colorado Packing List for Summer: Toiletries
- Toothbrush + toothpaste
- Face lotion + cleanser
- Hair Products
- Sunscreen (this one is great for your face)
- Chapstick (my fave)
- Bug Spray (all natural option here)
- Any perceptions you need
- Altitude Sickness remedy (if needed)
- Eye drops
- Electrolytes (to help with dehydration + altitude)
- Saline Nose Spray – the mountain air is SO dry, I wished the whole time I had brought some moisturizing nose spray – trust me, bring this!
Colorado Packing List for Summer: Hiking Gear
If you’re planning on doing some hiking (which you should, it’s gorgeous), I recommend this gear:
Colorado Summer Packing Check List
As promised, here is a link to the customizable + downloadable Google doc packing list! Simply open the doc, click “create a copy” and then you’ll be able to customize it for yourself!
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