I love camping. I grew up going on backpacking trips where you avoided bringing anything unnecessary because if you brought it, you were carrying it. Last week’s camping trip was way more tame and because we drove to our spot, we could bring whatever we wanted (we even had access to a kitchen and bathroom for part of it :).) When you’re not used to camping, knowing what to bring can be tough – especially if you are new to camping at high altitudes. Here is a list of what I brought (or similar items) on our three day camping trip in Colorado to help you out. You can shop my picks at the bottom of the post!

  • Sweatshirt – Have a light-weight sweatshirt on hand for when the sun begins to go down.
  • Protective eye wear – it is super important to wear sunnies with full UVA/UVB protection. If you can, always opt for polarized lenses.
  • Sports Bra – Because you aren’t showering, having access to a clean sports bra and underwear each day can make you feel like a brand new lady. Take advantage!
  • T’s & Tanks – Like with the sports bra, having a fresh shirt for each day can make a world of difference. Bring something loose fitting and comfortable that you can move around in.
  • Sneakers – Have your favorite sneakers on hand. They are great to have on when you are setting up your tent and less likely to notice trees/etc that you might stub your toe on. Be prepared for them to get dirty.
  • Hydroflask – I am obsessed with my Hydroflask water bottle. Obviously any water bottle will do – the important part is that you stay hydrated. I do love that My Hydroflask keeps my water cold all day, though.
  • Swim suit – I recommend going for a sporty cut. If you are camping near a lake, you will likely hike around a bit and you don’t want to have to worry about things popping out of place when you are climbing along!
  • Fleece – A heavier sweatshirt will be your saving grace once night sets in. I love my Patagonia fleece for camping, plus I practically live in it throughout the winter.
  • Sweatpants/Yoga Pants – These are another night time necessity. You’ll want something warm and snuggly to put on for when you sit around the camp fire.
  • Sturdy Denim – I bring one pair of pants and one pair of shorts in the sturdiest denim I have. This way I know when I am wearing them multiple days in a row back-to-back they will hold up.
  • Sunscreen – This goes along with the protective lenses. Always opt for the higher SPF, the higher you are the closer you are to the sun and its’ damaging rays.

The most important thing to remember is that you want to have layers available. When you are at a high altitude, the temperature changes at the drop of a hat, and you can really tell a difference once the sun goes down. What are your favorite items to bring along on hikes and for camping?


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