What to pack for Colorado

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  • Dress in Layers, and Keep it Simple

    by j7286 Written May 18, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's cooler in the mountains than on the plains, so dress in layers as you ascend above 6,000 feet, even in the summertime. Don't forget to bring a jacket for the evening, the temperature will drop 20 degrees when the sun goes down. Best time for planning outdoor activities is before 4:00 pm -- late afternoon showers can be commonplace in the summer (unless we're having one of our drought years). Sturdy walking/hiking shoes if you're planning on visiting the mountains, and don't forget your socks. Best to wear long pants, not shorts, in the mountains, due to the possibility of tics.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN! The altitude is higher, and the air is thinner -- so the exposure to harm from the strong sunlight is increased, also. Even when there is snow on the ground, you can still get burned as the sun reflects off of it. BUG SPRAY if you're going to be outside a lot, that's a must, especially by any bodies of water. WATER, as that will prevent dehydration and altitude sickness headaches. PAIN RELIEVERS for the aforementioned headaches. CHAP STICK, BODY LOTIONS -- our climate is dry.

    Miscellaneous: Casual clothes, because we're a casual state. If dining somewhere special in downtown Denver, then a sundress for the lady and a sports jacket for the man should be all you require.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Road Trip

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    by BeckyBob Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Be casual. This is the West. Golden is especially a casual town and unless you are here on business or planning a trip to a special restaurant, think wholesome outdoorsy.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight hiking shoes or good sneakers will get you almost anywhere, as will jeans. The weather is infamously variable, so plan on layering anytime of the year. It can snow in July.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't neglect sunscreen and sunglasses. The UV at this altitude can be brutal and it is sunny 300 days a year.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are camping, it can get pretty cool at night and if you go high in the mountains it will be cool always, so bring a lightweight jacket and some clothes to layer underneath in the summer.

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    by ViolinGirl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: sturdy, and ones that can get dirty if you're camping

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Mountain weather is pretty extreme, even in the summer. Nights can be very cold--we awoke to frost and a crust of ice on the water our first morning camping this year (mid-July). If the sun is out in the afternoon, it can be warm enough for short sleeves and a bath in the stream (brr!). Definitely pack lots of warm clothes, and wear layers. Sturdy shoes are a must, as is rain gear.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: To avoid an encounter with a hungry bear, keep your food stored and don't keep garbage around the campsite.

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    by Yosemite_44 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Well, this depends on the type of trip you want to make. I stayed with a family, so a regular suitcase was sufficient.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring some decent shoes if you want do do some hiking. There are many rivers, creeks and waterfalls, so it could be slippery.
    In summer, days are very warm, but the temperature quickly decreases when the sun has set. Make sure you have some warmer clothes as well, even if you travel during summer.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The altitude may cause some problems during the first few days. I think there are certain medicines that will ease this transition.

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    by BR0WND0G Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer, if you go hiking in the mountains carry a daypack at all times with a jacket, bottled water, a map & compass, food (Powerbars) & pocketknife.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In some places, it's a good idea to hang food, film, soap and anything else that smells in a bear bag at night. Ask a Forest Ranger.

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    by donovanel Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going skiing, don't forget the following: ski jacket (or bring a waterproof windbreaker and layer some clothes), ski pants (I used track suit pants layered over running tights and it worked fine), sweaters, sweatshirts, anything coolmax!, warm socks, waterproof gloves, a hat, and of course bring sunglasses or a ski mask--it gets bright with that white snow!

    Photo Equipment: I used a disposable, waterproof camera--wish I had been able to have a zoom lense, but I fell way too much in the beginning--I would have destroyed a nice camera!

    Miscellaneous: If you don't have skis, rent them on your way to the mountain--just outside of Denver you can rent skis and boots for almost half the price!

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    by courson_c Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If visiting in late Spring and late Summer, be sure and take warm clothes. We were there the first week of September and encountered some snow.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras are a must. If available, bring both still and video cameras. Wide angle and telephoto lens are helpful. Don't forget the binoculars!

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    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: If you are going to Colorado during the winter season, don't forget your downhill skiis or your snowboard. Ski-areas like Aspen and Vail are well known world wide.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel

    Miscellaneous: For more information and photos from the famous ski-resorts please have a look at my Aspen and Vail pages. I was there in the late spring, so almost no snow left for me...

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    by jhawk1000 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Adventure Travel

    Photo Equipment: When shooting photography seriously in the National Park, you need long lenses to really get the wildlife up close and personal. Linda borrowed this beast to take some pictures of elk. I use a smaller lens and get closer.

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    by OlenaKyiv Written Feb 21, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Skies, slades for winter, bycicle, roller blades and sport shoes for summer time

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Something warm and comfortable for skiing
    Good bycicle pants and gloves for bycicle riding
    Gear for roller blades

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tapes, bands, because maybe you will fell a lot, but be careful anyway

    Photo Equipment: Which will be pretty good for taking panorama pictures

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't take care much of swimming suites, because I doubt you will find much water here

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    • Skiing and Boarding

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  • Layers..the key to warmth.

    by deedee88 Written Mar 20, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Suticase big enough for snowpants and other snowgear.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cold weather/snow gear/ ski-snowboard gear.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A very good mositurizer, aloe vera in case you get sunburn or windburn.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Good Ski Coat, Gloves, usual ski gear.

    Miscellaneous: Skis however there are plenty of places to rent them.

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    Colorado high attitude will remind about itself

    by OlenaKyiv Written Mar 31, 2004

    Miscellaneous: Always have a bottle of water with yourself, because dry air of Colorado will push you to have drinks more than you do this as always. I don't mean drinks in the bar, because sometimes we have more than always and then we regret about it :-)))

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  • In the Summertime

    by MandaJ320 Written May 4, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in the summertime you need to bring warm clothes. Temperatures can change 40 degrees or so when you change your elevation. Before driving into the mountains, it was 80 something degrees. But once we started getting higher, the temperature dropped into the 40's within twenty minutes!!!

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  • Chilly in August

    by phastphreddy Written Jun 6, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You're always going to be able to find chilly weather in this state, even in the middle of the summer. Granted, you're going to have to climb way up into the mountains to do so, but that's exactly what you're going to want to do anyway. So just make sure that, when you travel here in the summertime, you at least pack a sweater or a light jacket.

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    Prepare for the Outdoors

    by newsphotogirl Written Mar 25, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking shoes. Colorado style is very laid-back, athletic. Birkenstock's, Tevas, and the ugly Crocs!

    Make sure you have a light rain jacket in the summer. It can be sunny during the day and the storms will roll in during the evening.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen-At this high altitude you have a greater risk of sunburn even in the winter while skiing.

    Bug Spray-Colorado had a few cases of West Nile, why take the chance.

    Photo Equipment: Bring film for the amazing views in the mountains.

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