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Colorado What to Pack

Colorado What to Pack
Colorado is a land of high mountains and wide open spaces. Pack careful to make sure you have the right clothing for the state’s sudden dramatic changes in temperatures. The state is all about the outdoors. You’ll want to be prepared with the right clothing even when you’re just hiking downtown Denver.

Three Must-Pack Items When Traveling to Colorado

If You Don’t Like the Weather

Colorado Snowy Mountain and Forest
The classic statement about the weather in Colorado is that if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes. The weather in this state changes quickly. Colorado is a high altitude state so eighty degree temps in January followed by a foot of snow a week later are not uncommon. Be prepared with the right clothing if you’re here even for a short time. Layering is key. Bring lots of thin shirts and a thick jacket along with a bathing suit. Bring an umbrella as well as sudden rainstorms are also common. Light layers let you have what you need on hand at all times no matter where you are in the state.

When Mountain Camping

Colorado Mountain Camping Hammock
Camping is something many people come to Colorado to enjoy. The Rocky Mountains are impressive and you can hike them. Before you go, bring a well-stocked backpack even for a short trip. Pack sunscreen because it’s very easy to get sunburned in the winter as well as the summer. It’s also easy to get dehydrated in the dry mountains. You should bring lots of water with you and drink as often as possible to stay healthy. You will also need well-lined boots as snow is common here even during the summer.

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