So, you are planning to take a trip to Colorado. This is an excellent decision that you will not regret! Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S with many things to do and see. You will be surrounded by mountain scenery, nature, and many helpful folks who will guide you in the right direction! Today, we will be discussing how to rightfully prepare for your trip to Colorado. If you are already from the U.S and are reading this, the learning curve is not nearly as steep as it is with international travel, but there are a few things to know still.
Budgeting Your Experience And Knowing Your Location
First things first, you need to know where you will be staying, which of course affects your initial location and the sights/activities conveniently available to you. If you are planning to do mountain-related activities such as hiking, then finding a place close to your desired terrain to conquer is desirable. Finding a place also has an impact on your budget. It is important to find a place to stay that you are comfortable with that doesn’t take all of the money you have for the trip. In addition to this, planning what you want to do and how much it might cost is also vital. Nothing is more stressful than sticker shock depleting your assets! It is always good to budget for any trip/vacation. And speaking of planning activities, this leads us into the next section.
Know What You Are There For
One of the many mistakes one can make when taking a trip is thinking that they have to cram in as many things as possible in one go. Colorado is a large state with many appealing sites and activities to partake in. Due to this, the odds of seeing everything the state has to offer in a short trip are slim. It is best to plan what you want to do while asking yourself if you can achieve it comfortably. A trip shouldn’t be stressful — if you are having trouble deciding what you want to do during your stay, remember that you can return sometime in the future! An excellent way to look at it is that future visits will lead to a unique experience from the first one. If this is not possible, see if there is a possibility of staying a little longer to squeeze in a few extra things to do.
We think that having a balance of main activities and “side” activities to do will leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied with your trip. Think of it like having a balanced meal where the ingredients complement each other rather than eating as many entrees as humanly possible until you regret your decision.
Bringing Appropriate Attire And Packing Tips
Colorado’s weather isn’t exactly colder than states like Michigan than Ohio. The spring and summer months are quite comfortable — in fact, it can get relatively warm. This, however, is very dependent if you are up in the mountains or not. Denver, Colorado might be a comfortable 60 degrees and sunny while Georgetown, Colorado might be 30 and snowing! Colorado is incredibly diverse in its temperature being a mountain state, and if you are even thinking about taking a trip to one of colorado’s gorgeous mountains, bring a jacket at the very least!
In addition to this, if you are just staying for a couple of weeks, you don’t need to bring a ton of clothes. A couple of sets of day clothes, a set of sleepwear, and a jacket/coat will be more than enough. While it is great to be prepared, you also don’t want to feel overwhelmed by a large number of items you likely won’t need. On top of this, this style of packing applies to other things, think about how much time you will be spending doing activities and pack according to them. If you are going to be in the great outdoors often, for example, then bringing gear such as a backpack would make sense.
Lastly, think about entertainment when unwinding in your accommodation when not exploring the state. Do you want to pack a game console for instance? Depending on how much downtime you plan on having, it might be a good idea to carefully consider what you need to bring. This is entirely up to you at the end of the day, but packing, unpacking, and packing again isn’t very fun when you have an excess level of stuff!
Cannabis in Colorado
Colorado is one of the few states in the US where cannabis is legal. Perhaps this was one of the reasons that influenced your travel plans — and we can’t blame you! But be aware that taking any product back to a state where the drug is illegal is a crime. Not exactly a popular saying, but what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado!