What You’ll Need to Explore the Rocky Mountains in Summer

While the Rocky Mountains are a great place throughout the year to have fun and take in the natural views, extra precautions need to be made when visiting during the summer. High elevations and unexpected changes in weather are just a few of the things you’ll need to consider in advance before you go off on your next mountain adventure.

Did you pack the sunscreen?

Taking a second look at your toiletries is a must when heading to mountainous heights. The higher elevation means stronger ultraviolet rays that can lead to some pretty bad sunburns. Making sure your pack is complete with an unexpired sunscreen and lip balm will prepare you for fun in the higher altitude.

With beautiful views of majestic mountain peaks also comes hungry pests, such as mosquitoes and ticks, that are common inhabitors of the area. Having a good insect repellant rated to tackle these particular pests on hand will make your trip a little less itchy.

While topping off your toiletry bag with the basic necessities, make sure you have the right products if you are camping. Scent-free shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, toothpaste, and other self-care products have a less likely chance of attracting unwanted guests to your campsite.

Did you pack enough socks?

Clean, dry socks are an adventurer’s best friend when exploring outdoors. Taking into consideration what activities you will be pursuing, having an extra pair or two of good quality socks will help keep your feet dry even if they inadvertently end up in a stream.
The other must-have clothing items will greatly depend on the forecast. One thing’s for sure, though, Colorado’s weather likes to be unpredictable. This time of year, plan for an afternoon shower and a cooler evening even if the forecasters are saying hot and dry. Rain gear, hats, sunglasses, and layers are always a good idea to have in your pack in the mountains.
If you’re planning on venturing high, maybe even to the top of a 14er, think wind and rocks. You’ll find at the peaks sturdy, ankle supporting hiking boots and a windbreaker that can double as rain gear will help keep you moving upward instead of back to the car.

Did you remember your water bottle?

High altitude sickness is no joke. Staying hydrated while trekking even on shorter, lower elevations is a must. Remember, in the Rocky Mountains, you’re often starting out at 8,000 feet and working your way up. Being prepared with water on hand is the best way to help your body adjust to the higher elevations.

Wherever you decide to explore this summer in the mountains, remember to have fun and don’t forget your camera!