Colorado Packing List for Summer – What to Pack for Summer Hiking in CO

Planning a trip to Colorado during Summer and wondering what to pack? I’ve got your covered! Here is my Colorado Packing List for Summer:

What to Pack for a Summer Colorado Trip

Hiking Outfit to pack for Colorado Summer

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Colorado Packing List for Summer: Clothes

Tops

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
Sweatshirts

Bottoms

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

Jackets

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!

Rain Jacket
Lightweight Shell Jacket

Shoes

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

This is the rest of the list of clothes I packed for Colorado in Summer:

Colorado Packing List for Summer: Toiletries

I have a go-to list of toiletries/beauty products that I bring on every trip, but here is the list of toiletries I packed for Colorado:

  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up
  • Perfume
  • Face lotion + cleanser
  • Hair Products
  • Tweezers
  • Tampons
  • Sunscreen (this one is great for your face)
  • Razor
  • Chapstick (my fave)
  • Bug Spray (all natural option here)
  • Medications
  • 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 Packing List for Summer: Other Gear

Annnnd here’s all the rest! I typically travel with a lot of electronics + camera gear as well, but edit to what you need:

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!

I hope this Colorado Packing List for Summer helps! Be sure to check out my other Colorado posts before heading out on your trip. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a DM on Instagram!

xx Chels

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