Summer Packing List

Summertime is one of the most beautiful times to spend your days in the high country. But the weather can be somewhat of a mystery. Afternoon rain showers are very common, evening temperatures dip lower than you may be used to, and those bluebird summer days can get hotter than you may expect. So, what is the best way to pack for everything summer weather may throw at you? Here is our list of the top nine items to pack this summer.

  1. Breathable T-shirt or Tank Top. A 76-degree day may not seem that hot, but higher altitudes can make a day feel much warmer than you expect. Having a non-cotton, breathable T-shirt or tank top is a packing must.
  2. Swimsuit. Your swimsuit may not be on the top of your packing list for a mountain vacation, but from the hot tubs and pools on the properties to the Frisco and Dillon Marinas, there are ample ways to put it to good use.
  3. Hiking Footwear. One of the best parts of summer is heading out on an adventure in nature. Depending on the length of the hikes you are planning, a solid pair of tennis shoes may work just fine. If you are planning on tackling Quandary Peak or any other longer hike, look into packing a nice pair of hiking boots.
  4. Fleece or Jacket. You are going to want a warmer layer. A cloudy day or a chilly evening may require something warmer than a long-sleeved shirt. Bring something that will keep you comfortable in temperatures around the low 50s to high 40s.
  5. Rain Jacket. Having an umbrella or rain jacket is a must for the changing Colorado weather. Rain showers usually only last for an hour or two, but if you are out enjoying the wildflowers you will be grateful for that raincoat.
  6. Hat. Summertime sun exposure can be intense at high altitudes. If you are planning an afternoon outdoors, make sure to have a hat of some kind available. If you forgot to pack one, don’t worry! There are plenty of shops on Main Street that have endless options.
  7. Camera. It’s summer in the mountains and as we all know the mountains are beautiful! Make sure to also pack your battery charger or any other needed charging equipment. There is nothing worse than having a dead camera with you.
  8. Sunglasses. Colorado is known for having over 300 days of sunshine a year. This means the sun will be out at some point during the day. Make sure to protect your eyes and always have a pair of sunglasses handy.
  9. Sunscreen. At higher altitudes, you have a much greater chance of getting a sunburn and there is nothing that ruins a vacation more than being burnt.

Whether all or none of these items make your packing list, we know that you will still have a wonderful time with us this summer. We look forward to seeing each of you at one of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations resorts!

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