Packing List: Colorado Summer

If you’re lucky enough to spend the summer in Colorado, it’s important to bring the proper gear so you can fully take advantage of all it has to offer!


  • Chacos/Tevas: They may not be the most fashionable shoes, but they’re definitely some of the most versatile. They’re breathable and offer a lot of support, so you can do some moderate hiking. The best thing is that if they get wet, you’re not walking around with squishy shoes all day. (Bonus tip: Colorado fashion is extremely laid back and casual so, Chacos go with EVERYTHING.)
  • Hiking Boots: If you’re just planning to do a couple of short hikes, your tennis shoes will be fine. However, if you’re interested in some longer hikes, or maybe even a 14er or two, you’re going to want some quality hiking boots. Trust me, your feet will thank you!
  • Rain Jacket: Colorado is prone to daily afternoon showers. So, its really nice to have a lightweight rain jacket to thrown in your backpack just in case.
  • Hiking Backpack: You don’t need anything fancy, just something you can throw your trail mix and water into, but you want it to be water-resistant, sturdy, and comfortable to wear.
  • Light Jacket: While the days can get pretty hot, the nights generally get pretty chilly.
  • Suncreen/Hats: The higher the elevation, the closer to the sun you are. Meaning, you’ll get burnt much quicker! (If you’re a readhead like me, bring SPF 4 million)
  • Refillable Water Bottle : You need to drink A LOT of water to fight altitude sickness. Peeing should be your new favorite hobby. (Speaking of, bring toilet paper on your hikes!)

Good to Have

  • Swim Suit: Colorado has some of the most beautiful lakes, some even include waterfalls. Take advantage of them!
  • Hammock: I don’t even know how I made it this far down the list without mentioning it! Hammocks make the beautiful scenery even more enjoyable. You can hang out and just take it all in.
  • Winter Gear: I know it seems odd to bring your winter gear in the middle of summer, but the snow stays on the mountains until around July or August. So, if you’re planning on hiking/skiing on any mountains, bring the hats and gloves.
  • Hiking Socks: Who knew these were a thing? I thought a sock was a sock, but my feet will tell you otherwise. I’m a believer now.
  • Tent: If you have room, a tent always comes in handy. If you’re there all summer, its likely you’ll go camping quite a few times. It really comes in handy when traveling to different parts of the state; you can just camp instead of renting a room.
  • Camera/GoPro: You might get to do some pretty adventurous stuff, make sure you have something to document it with.
  • Hydration Pack: You’re going to need a lot of water for those long hikes, but you won’t have room for multiple bottles in your pack. Either buy a bag with a bladder built in, or buy the bladder and put it in any backpack you like.

Everything is linked, to make things easier for you!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if I forgot anything.

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